Jimmy The Hybrid Car Crochet Rug and Blanket

Beep-Beep! Here is something different for those of you who like gears and motors…Introducing my new Jimmy the Hybrid Car crochet pattern!

Jimmy The Hybrid Car Crochet Rug Pattern By IraRott

Since Jimmy is a hybrid car, it can be a Rug (1) or a Throw Blanket (2). It measures approximately 50” (127 cm) horizontally X 43 1⁄2” (110.5 cm) vertically, including side mirrors and tires. Jimmy is big and chunky, any kiddo will love to snuggle up with their very own car…in addition, reading time is even more fun when you have a cool handmade car rug!

Jimmy The Hybrid Car Crochet Rug Pattern By IraRott

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I used 5 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn  in Royal Blue for the main color + 2 skeins of Light Blue, 1 1⁄2 skeins of Gray, 1 skein of Black, and 1⁄2 skein of White. Working with 3 strands of yarn at once is easy and efficient, check out this post to see how I do it from a single skein of yarn.

The car base is a simple Filet Crochet pattern, which is a combination of Double Crochet stitches (dc) and Chains (ch), it’s an easy level crochet pattern that requires just a few special stitches. The pattern includes row-by-row instructions, pictures, and crochet diagrams for each step in case you like to follow visual charts.

I hope you like Jimmy!

Book Signing Events

Past weekend I had an amazing Book Signing event at Coles Bookstore in Chatham, ON Canada. I would like to say a huge thank you all employees and coordinators for organizing it and for providing me a beautiful set up table. I am looking forward to returning to your store with my next book.

Thank you everyone for attending this event, it was such a pleasure meeting with you and connecting through social media. I can’t wait to see your creations made from the patterns in my book, just tag me on Instagram @IraRott and use a hashtag #CrochetAnimalRugs.

Book Signing in Coles Chatham by Ira Rott

I would like to introduce you my little friend Blake. He visited me at the event and got a signed book for him and his sister. I am so blessed to have such fabulous supporters in my life!

Crochet Animal Rugs Book Signing

If you couldn’t make it to the event, please drop by soon, Coles Chatham might still have some signed copies, as I left a few behind.

You can also order this book from my Etsy shop & I will be more than happy to sign it for you. My next book signing will be Oct 28 at Indigo Bookstore in Hamilton ON Canada.

Crochet Animal Rugs Book Signing events by Ira Rott


PS: Crochet Animal Rugs book is available on Amazon as an eBook or Paperback (affiliate).

From Vintage to Modern

Vintage lace has always had a magical impact on me. Its enchanting appearance is filled with historical values passed down through generations. Here are a few samples that caught my eye at the Fergus Scottish Festival this summer, aren’t they just gorgeous?! Irish Crochet and Bruges Crochet have touched my heart when I learned these techniques in my early 20’s…and Pineapple Lace doilies were the beginning of my crochet path in middle school.

With vintage lace in my heart, I enjoy creating modern designs using old motifs and techniques as inspiration. A few decades ago, Pineapple Lace was commonly used in home decor, but in our modern world you can find Pineapples in almost any crochet category. I started using Pineapple stitch widelly for designing dresses and parasols in 2005-2007 and it’s still one of my most favourite stitches.

Lace Crochet Parasols by IraRott

Parasols are just like big doilies; however, the lace does not lay flat as it has a dome shape. So when you stretch out your parasol, it creates a nice rounded canopy.

Pineapple Lace Crochet Parasol Cover

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You might be stumped by where to get an umbrella mechanism…no worries, it’s just a regular stick umbrella that you can easily take apart and remove its original fabric cover. I recently purchased this black umbrella in Walmart, but you can also find them on Amazon or elsewhere. You will also need size 10 cotton thread; Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread is a great choice. Check out my video below on how to turn a basic stick umbrella into a beautiful lace parasol.

Materials For Making Crochet Parasol Umbrella Mechanism for Crochet Parasol

I have another little trick to share. Over time, the woven yarn ends might get loose and will pull out eventually. To avoid that, apply a small drop of fabric glue onto the yarn ends right after you weave them in. Let the glue dry completely before using your parasol. I like Liquid Stitch, it has white color when you apply it but is clear after drying.

Tricks for Weaving In The EdnsI hope you will check out my Parasol Patterns at IraRott.com and will enjoy making them. Happy crafting!

Kids Crochet Parasol Pattern By IraRott

 

Thanksgiving Family Gathering

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends and family! We are truly grateful to have the support of people like you, thank you for your unending encouragement and inspiration. To show our appreciation, I wrote this new FREE pattern Family Gathering Pumpkin Rug & I hope you will enjoy it.

This rug is made from ONE strand of super bulky weight yarn (6) using a 9 mm (M/N) hook. Although, you can use THREE strands of medium weight yarn (4) or TWO strands of bulky weight yarn (5) instead. Check out this post on how to work with multiple strands of yarn at once.

Crochet Pumpkin Rug Free PDF Pattern By IraRott

Crochet Pumpkin Rug from Super Bulky Yarn (6)

This pattern is suitable for Beginners. There are simple row-by-row instructions, crochet terms and abbreviations, step-by-step images, and even diagrams for reference. If you are learning to read crochet patterns, this project is a good start.

If the rug idea is not for you, use this pumpkin to decorate your dining table for fall or make smaller size placemats from a single strand of medium weight yarn (4), working with a 5.5 mm (I) hook.

Crochet Pumpkin Autumn Home Decor

Crochet Pumpkin Table Decoration from Super Bulky Yarn (6)

My favourite yarn options:

  1. Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick – Use ONE strand
  2. Bernat Blanket – Use ONE strand
  3. Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky – Use TWO strands
  4. Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran – Use THREE strands
  5. Bernat Super Value – Use THREE strands
  6. Red Heart Super Saver – Use THREE strands

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Here are a few pumpkin examples made from different weight yarns by our testing team members.

Crochet Pumpkin Placemat

Pumpkin by Cheryl McNichols – 1 strand of medium weight yarn

Crochet Pumpkin Table Decoration

Pumpkin by Katie Carlson – 2 strand of medium weight yarn

Crochet Pumpkin Doily

Pumpkin by Cheryl McNichols – Crochet Thread

Crochet Pumpkin Rug

Pumpkin by Courtney Knorr – 3 strand of medium weight yarn

Crochet Pumpkin Rug

Pumpkin by Katie Bailey – 1 strand of Bernat Blanket yarn

Crochet Pumpkin Home Decoration

Pumpkin by Paula O’Donnell – 1 strand of medium weight yarn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet Pumpkin Coasters Free PDF Pattern by IraRott

Oh…and do not forget to download a FREE pattern to make matching Pumpkin Coasters (if you have not made them yet).

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

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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 –> IraRott.com …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

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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 –> IraRott.com

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.


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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.

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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

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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