The Only Cactus You Want To Snuggle With

Here is our new friend – Snuggles the Cactus. Unlike other cacti, Snuggles is not pokey and he won’t hurt you…he is actually very soft, cuddly, and squishy, the opposite of what a cactus is. Snuggles is the only cactus you want to snuggle with!

Cactus Big Amigurumi Pattern By IraRott

I designed this pattern form Bernat Blanket Brights by Yarnspiration  using Go-Go Green color, such a perfect color name for a yarn that is meant for a cactus. If you worked with this yarn before, you know how soft and beautiful it is. Including the bucket, our big Mr. Snuggles measures 32″ tall.

Would you like to make a mini version of Snuggles? No problem, just find a thinner yarn and a smaller size hook. To finish this little cutie, I used slightly over 1 skein of Paintbox Simply Aran yarn and a 4.5 mm (G) Tulip hook. Snuggles Junior turned out just about 11″ including his pot.

Cactus Amigurumi Pattern By Ira Rott

Oh my, I was so excited when I found this adorable Yarn Bowl by Loops & Threads in Michael’s, it’s just the perfect size for my little Snuggles!!!

Snuggles The Cactus Amigurumi Pattern by IraRott

Mr. Snuggles is a very good friend and he doesn’t mind sharing his bowl so I could also use it for my yarn when I crochet. When Snuggles comes out of the bowl, he likes to play, listen, and snuggle of course. I think our sweet Buddy found a new buddy…aww!

Buddy snuggles with Snuggles

Snuggles The Cactus Amigurumi Pattern by IraRott

Crocheting with Snuggles








Snuggles the Cactus pattern can be found HERE. Huge thank you to our team members for testing it and very special thank you to Paula O’Donnell whose son came up with an idea of letting Snuggles come out of his pot by adding an additional circle on the bottom. Check out these adorable cactuses by our testing team:

Cactus by Paula O’Donnell‎

Cactus by Paula O'Donnell‎

Cactus by Paula O’Donnell‎

Cactus by Nikki Williams‎

Cactus by Nikki Williams‎

Cactus by Ashley Jamieson

Cactus by Ashley Jamieson

Cactus by Leslie Mansfield

Cactus by Leslie Mansfield

Cactus by Penny Shilling‎

Cactus by Penny Shilling‎







UPDATE: September 13, 2018.

The matching Cactus Rug pattern is also available at –> …I hope you enjoy making these super soft cuties!

Joining-As-You-Go With Slip Stitch

I am often asked about how I design and write my patterns…There is no easy answer to this question as each pattern is a unique creation, which starts with an idea that I carry in my heart for weeks, months, or years until the time is right.

Here is a short video of the long designing process that includes: choosing yarn, creating a new design, taking step-by-step photos in my home studio, editing photos in Adobe Photoshop, drawing diagrams in Adobe Illustrator, writing patterns in Adobe InDesign, making videos of special stitches in Adobe Premiere Pro, testing, proofreading, tech editing, final editing, publishing…and the best part, of course, is – seeing your creations made from my patterns.

Crochet Pig Blanket Pattern By IraRott

Oink-Oink…as promised, here is my surprise – Pinky the Piggy blanket! It was inspired by my new favourite yarn – Paintbox Simply Aran from LoveKnitting, you can find my review of this yarn –> HERE.

The blocks in this blanket are heavily improvised Granny Squares, they are made individually and then joined across the edges to create the blanket. You can easily add or omit blocks if you want to make a different size.

Piggy ears, tails, bows, snouts, eyes, and legs are sewn on, however, the pink circles (faces / bodies) are part of the blocks and do not require sewing.

You can choose to sew the blocks together or join them as-you-go with sl st in space between the corresponding clusters while working the last round of every block. Check out the video below to see how I do it.

I hope you enjoy making this piggy blanket and here are some matching patterns you might like as well –>

Crochet Piggy Blanket Pillow Rug Set

Crochet Animal Rugs Book Release Update

I can’t believe that there are only a few days left before my NEW book “Crochet Animal Rugs” is officially released! If you already preordered it, Amazon will start shipping books August 7 – August 14 (depending on locations).

The book will be available in print or as an eBook at these places:

Find Crochet Animal Rugs Book By Ira Rott Locally and Online

  1. Chapters – Indigo
  2. Interweave
  3. Michaels 
  4. Hobby Craft
  5. Amazon
  6. SewandSo
  7. iBooks
  8. Microsoft
  9. Kobo 
  10. Barnes & Noble
  11. Books a Million
  12. Angus & Robertson Australia
  13. Walmart USA
  14. My Etsy shop (autographed books)


Are you counting down the days? I sure am…and while we are waiting, I would like to give away a signed copy of my book to one of you. Yes, it’s giveaway time – hurray! Please visit my instagram @irarott for more details on how to enter. I will choose a random winner on Monday, Aug 6 / 2018 through instagram.

Crochet Animal Rugs - Book giveaway on my instagram @irarott

Crochet Animal Rugs – Book giveaway on my instagram.

Also, I’m taking over @sewandsouk instagram on Friday, August 3! Please follow them so you do not miss all the fun ☀ I am looking forward to see you there tomorrow!

Instagram Takeover at SewandSo

Remember, you still have time to pre-order this book and receive a FREE bonus pattern (Penguin Placemat). Find more information HERE.

Join-As-You-Go With Arches

There are many different JAYGO techniques for joining granny squares or other crochet motifs. I have previously written about Join-As-You-Go with picot and Join-As-You-Go with single crochet…so here is another method I often use – Join-As-You-Go with arches.

Join-As-You-Go With Arches Tutorial By IraRott

Using this method, we join motifs through the corresponding ch-3 arches while working the last round…so basically, when you need to join, just change the regular arch (ch-3) to joining arch (ch 1 + sl st + ch 1)….and the rest is the same.

In the diagram below, the first Granny Square has 20 regular arches in Rnd 5, but the second Granny Square has 14 regular arches + 6 joining arches (20 total).  

Regular arch = ch 3

Joining arch = ch 1, sl st in corresponding arch of previously made square, ch 1

Granny Square Diagram by IraRott

Here is my short video demonstration of this technique.

Tops the Triceratops Dinosaur blanket is shown in the video for demonstration purposes. The pattern can be found on our site, Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy, and LoveKnitting.

Tops The Triceratops Dino Blanket Pattern by IraRott

Tops The Triceratops Dino Blanket Pattern by IraRott


Crochet Animal Rugs Book

I am so excited to finally be able to share our big news – I wrote a book! …And it’s now available for pre-order on Amazon! It took over a year to complete this work, but I am extremely happy with the final result and I hope you will enjoy these patterns as well as the beautifully styled photography of modern interior designs.

Crochet Animal Rugs Book By Ira Rott

This book is full of animal-inspired patterns (21 to be exact!) – Elephants, Monkeys, Dinosaurs, Cats, Crabs, Giraffes, and Pandas! Each animal theme includes a rug, an adorable matching pillow and a small coordinating accessory that will bring any home to life. With accessories ranging from security blankets to stool covers, bed book tidies, placemats, and toy bags. At least 14 patterns are brand new and are exclusive to the book, you will not find them on our website.

If you wonder about our popular elephant theme, these patterns are new as well! The elephant rug is slightly smaller than in my original pattern (52″ across) and the ears are less complex, you can make this rug in no time. The ears in the elephant pillow are also very simple, it’s mainly a combination of double crochet and popcorn stitches, which will help you achieve a beautiful texture using simple pattern repeats. Here is my little sneak peek of these new elephant designs.

The patterns in the book include row-by-row instructions, loads of step-by-step images, and crochet diagrams, which I hope will help you work through every step smoothly. If you are new to crochet and need help while you are working on these projects, you can always ask questions in our friendly crochet community on Facebook.

An adorable penguin placemat is my FREE bonus pattern for everyone who pre-orders “Crochet Animal Rugs” book. You can download it through SEWANDSO, just remember to save your Amazon order number. Once you’ve created your placemat, please tag me on Instagram using #CrochetAnimalRugs and #IraRott so I could check it out 🙂

Penguin Placemat Bonus Pattern From Crochet Animal Rugs Book
Stay tuned, this book will be released the first week of August!

Bubbles The Turtle Blanket

Some days I wish I was a turtle on a warm sandy beach…and now is the perfect time to go to the beach to crochet!
I love to crochet blankets in spring & summer because I usually have more time for larger projects and I just love crocheting outside. Check out our new Bubbles The Turtle Blanket pattern, it’s a super fun project for everyone who enjoys crocheting outside as much as I do!
Bubbles the Turtle Crochet Blanket Pattern by IraRott

I made this blanket from Paintbox Simply Aran yarn to match our Turtle Rug pattern that was made from Paintbox Simply Chunky yarn.

Bubbles the Turtle Crochet Blanket and Rug Patterns by IraRott

People love different yarns for different reasons…I love Paintbox for its modern look and its softness. You will never get disappointed at a variety of fabulous colors!

This blanket measures 42” (106.7 cm) X 51” (129.5 cm) & the pattern calls for the following colors:

  • Washed Teal – 5 skeins
  • Soft Fudge – 3 skeins
  • Marine Blue – 2 skeins
  • Light Caramel – 2 skeins
  • Spearmint Green – 1 skein
  • Grass Green – 1 skein
  • Daffodil Yellow – 1⁄2 skein
  • Coffee Bean – 1⁄2 skein

Look at these lovely color variations by our team members Nikki Williams & Shaunna Hallon, who also used Paintbox yarn:

Crochet Turtle Blanket by Nikki Williams‎

Crochet Turtle Blanket by Nikki Williams‎

Crochet Turtle Blanket by Shaunna Hallon‎

Crochet Turtle Blanket by Shaunna Hallon‎











UPDATE: June 22 / 2018

As I promised, our turtle theme continues & I hope you like these little guys! Bubbles The Turtle is our NEW lovey pattern but you can also make some adorable matching amigurumi turtles from the same instruction.

Turtle Lovey Crochet Pattern By IraRott Turtle Amigurumi Crochet Pattern By IraRott

IraRott Crochet Community

Hello crafty friends, we have some exciting news for you!

Yes, that’s right, IraRott Crochet Community facebook group is finally up and running! So, please join us to share your finished projects, interact with fellow crocheters, and most importantly – have fun.  We will also post sneak peeks, announcements, and surprises for you…never miss a thing!

Are you an instagrammer? You can now follow us on INSTAGRAM as well! Use hashtags #irarott #irarottpattern #irarottdesigns for tagging your finished items made from IraRott® patterns, or tag @irarott so I would never miss your posts 🙂



Pinky The Piggy Pattern Collection

One little pig is so much fun but two or three cute piggies are better than one! I was really inspired to create a piggy collection this year…so here it is, my third piggy pattern in 2018, I just love this adorable lovey!

The blanket portion of the lovey is made from beautiful Super Saver Ombré yarn by Red Heart, I am so amazed by the gorgeous color layout! Also, this yarn comes in a large 10 oz (283 g) skeins & you will only need 2/3 of a skein for this project, no yarn shortages guaranteed 🙂 The additional colors are Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (small amount of each).

If you missed our previously released piggy patterns, you might like to check them out as well:

  1. Pinky The Piggy Rug – Crochet PDF Pattern
  2. Pinky The Piggy Pillow – Crochet PDF Pattern
  3. Pinky The Piggy Lovey – Crochet PDF Pattern

Pinky Piggy Crochet Pillow and Rug Patterns By IraRott

PS: There will be another surprise later this year, oink-oink!

Oscar The French Bulldog

Bonjour, may I introduce our NEW big amigurumi – Oscar The French Bulldog!

This is another fun project from my favorite Bernat Blanket yarn by Yarnspirations…soft, squashy, and BIG! Oscar is approximately 35” (88.9 cm) tall.

If the finished size is not very important, you can use any other yarn…just keep in mind that the yarn & hook size will have to be changed accordingly for making the eyes & nose. Here is an adorable mini version of Oscar, made by our team member Ashley Smith from worsted weight yarn (Red Heart Comfort) & a 4mm hook. The eyes are made with embroidery thread & a 2mm hook. To make her dress, Ashley followed the shirt pattern and added the same ruffle edge from Peanut Butter the Jellyfish Pattern. She also made a little flower with a 2m hook & baby yarn. This cutie is 14.5″ tall.

Looking for a perfectly matching hat? You can find our pattern –> HERE!

Josefina and Jeffery Crochet Elephant Pillow 2018 Pattern Update

Pattern update alert – Our 2018 version of Josefina & Jeffery Elephant Pillow Pattern has just been released, so please check your emails for free update if you purchased this pattern before.


  • Modern Pattern Template – IraRott 2018

  • Improved diagrams, including NEW additional diagram for the ears

  • {Braces} were replaced with asterisks** for indicating complex repeats in the ears

  • Some new images

  • New references to the blog articles throughout
  • The finished pillow size is now slightly smaller – 30” (76.2 cm) horizontally including ears & 21½” (54.6 cm) vertically across the outer edges of the ears
  • Recommended yarn – only 2½ skeins of Bernat Super Value

  • The pattern is now 19 pages long & it is 13.6 Mb (mobile devises friendly)

Elephant Cushion Crochet Pattern By IraRott

Crochet Elephant Pillow Pattern By IraRott

Dear Etsy customers, you are also eligible for a free update! Unfortunately, Etsy does not have an automated update feature just yet, but we hope they consider adding it in the future as per many of our survey suggestions. At the present time, we are sending etsy pattern updates manually and by requests only. If you’ve purchased this pattern through our ETSY SHOP, please log in to your etsy account & send us a message.

Josefina The Elephant Crochet Pillow Pattern By IraRott

Find more matching elephant patterns on –> OUR SITE.

Elephant Crochet Patterns By IraRott