Pattern Testing Call – Ivory Dream Christening Gown

Hello everyone, we hope you had a Happy New Year & an awesome beginning of 2017!

Our first BIG project of the year is an update for our Ivory Dream Christening Gown Pattern (originally designed & published in 2012). I have been working on this project  since last year & am very close to finishing the newest version of the pattern that will include many new diagrams and step-by-step photos.

Ivory Dream Christening Gown Crochet Pattern by IraRott

We are currently looking for some additional volunteers for TESTING this pattern! If you would like to participate in this pattern test, you can feel free to fill out the application below. Please understand that we are not able to answer personally to every submission, but you will receive an email within 12-48 hours if your application has been approved. Also, please do not get discouraged if you have not received an email from us, as we only can accept a limited number of requests. There will be more testing opportunities in the future!

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Skills – understanding crochet charts / diagrams
  2. Timeline – this test needs to be completed within 2 weeks (approx from Jan 16 to Jan 30)
  3. Yarn – Bernat Baby Sport (1 big ball) or any other sport weight yarn with the matching gauge (11 dc X 6 rows = 2″ X 2″ using hook 3.5 mm)
  4. Test – make one of the required items from the pattern (see form below)
  5. Feedback – provide pictures of your finished item by creating a project page on ravelry

TESTING NEEDS:

  1. Make an item
  2. Compare the row-by-row instructions with the diagram(s) (just for the item you make)
  3. Check the pattern for mistakes, typos, & clarity
  4. Submit your feedback by email
  5. Submit your photos through ravelry

APPLICATION: CLOSED!


Thank you everyone for sending your applications. This testing call is now closed.

Happy 2017 from IraRott Inc.

Another year has gone by & we are so excited to look back at all the work that was done in 2016!

  • We have created 21 NEW pattern designs that were published at IraRott.com
  • We gave over 75K of IraRott® patterns to our customers for FREE this year alone

2016 IraRott pattern designs

  • We have published some of our past designs in PDF format:
  1. Charming Pineapples Prom Dress Crochet Pattern (originally designed in 2007).
  2. Charming Pineapples Top Crochet Pattern (created based on Prom Dress pattern).
  3. Plutonian Paul Alien Beanie Knit Pattern (originally designed in 2012 with an assistance of  Ira’s mom – Olena Rott).
  4. Yarn Amy Square Hat Crochet Pattern (originally designed in 2012).

2016 knit and crochet pattern designs by IraRott

  • In 2016 we have updated 16 of our previously designed patterns. We have also provided free updates to all our customers who purchased these patterns before. To ensure you have the latest version of the pattern, please check the following list & dates. If for some reason you have not received an update, please contact us with your request through –> this form on our site & we will be more than happy to resend it to you (please remember to include an email address that was used for purchasing).
  1. Luna the Moo-Moo Cow Hat Pattern (updated: Aug 18, 2016).
  2. Festive Snowflake Coaster Pattern (updated: Dec 06, 2016).
  3. Pinky Piggy Hat Pattern (updated: Apr 01, 2016).
  4. Papa Noel Santa & Elf Ornament Pattern (updated: Dec 12, 2016).
  5. Canadian Maple Leaf Backpack & Beret Pattern (updated: Jul 11, 2016).
  6. Josefina &  Jeffery Elephant Pillow Pattern (updated: Jul 25, 2016).
  7. Jingle Bells Scarf Pattern (updated: Dec 07, 2016).
  8. Furry Boot Cuffs Ef! Pattern (updated: Nov 22, 2016).
  9. Floral Baby Blanket Pattern (updated: Feb 05, 2016).
  10. Fiesta Owl Skirt Pattern (updated: Nov 07, 2016).
  11. Josefina &  Jeffery Elephant Rug Pattern (updated: Jul 03, 2016).
  12. Classic Teddy Bear Hat Pattern (updated: Mar 29, 2016).
  13. Cera Tops the Triceratops Hat Pattern (updated: Jun 01, 2016).
  14. Canadian Maple Leaf Coaster Pattern (updated: Jun 16, 2016).
  15. Baby Frog on Lily Pad Pattern (updated: Nov 21, 2016).
  16. Christmas Snowfall Pattern (updated: Dec 20, 2016).

2016 pattern updates

Our best selling patterns in 2016 were Josefina & Jeffery Elephant Rug & Elephant Pillow! If you made these elephants, please post your finished projects on ravelry or our Facebook page. We are always happy to see your work!

Here are some finished items made by different crafters on ravelry. To view the links below, just login to your ravelry account for privacy reasons:

Josefina and Jeffery Elephant Rug and Pillow Crochet Patterns by IraRott

Thank you everyone for your loyalty and support throughout 2016!

We would also like to say a HUGE Thank You to our amazing testing team, tech editors, photographers, and models! We could not have done it without you!

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Crochet Pattern Specials

I can’t believe it has already been a year since our previous mega sale! Our biggest SALE of 2016 has just begun and will run through Black Friday – Cyber Monday weekend.  This only happens once a year at IraRott.com – save 40% on all IraRott® Knit and Crochet Patterns! No coupon code or minimum qty are required, just add as many patterns as you wish to your cart and the discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Biggest Sale of the Year at IraRott Patterns

FREE Patterns have already become a good tradition during our annual Black Friday – Cyber Monday sale…and of course, we have prepared something special for you this year as well! Please enjoy the FREE download for the following IraRott® patterns (limited time offer) –> Baby Frog on a Lily Pad Crochet PDF Pattern, Furry Boot Cuffs Eh! Crochet PDF Pattern, Floral Baby Blanket Crochet PDF Pattern, Canadian Maple Leaf Backpack and Beret Set Crochet PDF Pattern.

free irarott baby set pattern for a limited time

free irarott crochet boot cuffs pattern for a limited time

free irarott baby blanket pattern for a limited time

free irarott hat and beret set pattern for a limited time

Remember, when you buy patterns through IraRott.com you will be able to download & save them to your electronic device or store these PDFs in your ravelry library as long as you are logged in to your ravelry account, just be sure to click “add to Ravelry account“! All purchased patterns will be sent instantly to the email that was used for purchasing after the payment goes through.  You might need to check the “Bulk” folder if you do not see an email from us in your inbox. If you need any help with pattern downloads, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

These promotions expire Nov 28, 2016 at 23:59 (PST)…That’s right, we will stay awake for all our pacific time customers this year 🙂

Happy shopping & Happy crafting!

Double Chain Easy Cord Tutorial

Double Chain Easy Cord is one of our favorite techniques in IraRott® crochet patterns. You can make ties, belts, or even use Double Chain (D-ch) as a foundation sc to begin your work.

STEP 1: Leave a long yarn tail at the beginning, approximately 3 times as long as the desired length of the cord.

STEP 2: Make a slip knot to create the first chain.

Double chain easy cord foundation sc tutorial by IraRott

STEPS 1 & 2 ~ Working yarn, First chain, & Yarn tail

STEP 3: Hold the working yarn around your index finger. Tail over the hook from front to back = 2 loops on the hook.

Double chain easy cord foundation sc tutorial by IraRott

STEP 3 ~ Tail over the hook

Double chain easy cord foundation sc tutorial by IraRott

STEP 3 ~ 2 loops on the hook

STEP 4: Hold the bottom of the cord with your thumb & middle finger; grab working yarn & draw it through both loops on the hook = 1 loop on the hook.

Double chain easy cord foundation sc tutorial by IraRott

STEP 4

STEP 5: Repeat STEPS 4 & 5 until you reach the desired length.

Double chain easy cord foundation sc tutorial by IraRott

Repeating STEP 3 ~ Tail over the hook

Here are some IraRott® crochet patterns where we used the D-ch easy cord technique 🙂

Fiesta Owl Poncho & Doll Poncho Crochet Patterns:

Fiesta Owl Poncho Crochet Pattern by IraRott - Double Chain Easy Cord

Fiesta Owl Poncho Crochet Pattern

Peacock Hat Crochet Pattern:

Pavo the Peacock Crochet Hat Pattern by IraRott - Double Chain Easy Cord

Pavo the Peacock Crochet Hat Pattern

Bunny Rabbit Baby Hat & Cocoon Set Crochet Pattern:

Crochet Carrot Pattern by IraRott - Double Chain Easy Cord

Carrot for Bunny Photo Prop Crochet Pattern

Luna the Moo-Moo Cow & Bull Hat Crochet Pattern:

Cow and Bull Crochet Hat Pattern by IraRott - Double Chain Easy Cord

Bull Hat Crochet Pattern by IraRott

 

 

Crochet Picot Stitch Tutorial

Picot is a decorative, pointy stitch that creates an elegant crochet edging & is often used in crochet lace patterns…for example in snowflakes, doilies, Irish crochet, lace garments, and many other crochet patterns.

There are a few ways to crochet picots, which is basically creating a tiny loop by slip-stitching a chain of 3 (or more) into a circle.

In this tutorial I would like to share my favorite technique for making a picot stitch, that we love to use in IraRott® patterns.

Picot – ch 3 (photo A); insert the hook from right to left under the front loop & bottom vertical bar of previous stitch (photo B); yarn over & pull through all loops on the hook. Picot stitch completed (photo C).

How to crochet a picot stitch tutorial by IraRott

 

 

How to Understand Crochet Patterns – PART 1

Today I would like to talk about (Parentheses), [Brackets], {Braces}, *Asterisk, the Equal = Sign & how these marks are being used in crochet patterns.

First of all, a crochet pattern is a written manual that usually includes row-by-row instructions and/or crochet diagrams.  Crochet items may contain hundreds, thousands, or hundred thousands of stitches & if they were written stitch by stitch without abbreviations, then the whole world would not have room for crochet books…That’s why designers and publishing companies use abbreviations, terms, & marks to create patterns. Pattern writers may have slightly different styles, but they all have the same idea on using abbreviations. Abbreviations are normally listed at the beginning of each pattern to help readers understand instructions.

So here are some common marks used in crochet patterns & extra explanations with examples from IraRott® patterns…

common crochet abbreviations by IraRott how to understand crochet patterns

( PARENTHESES )

In IraRott® patterns we use (Parentheses) in explanations or to indicate a group of stitches. Some other publishers also use (Parentheses) for indicating the total stitch count at the end of the row/rnd or for pattern repeats. (Parentheses) are one of the most common marks in crochet patterns.

  •  Example of using (Parentheses) in explanations: Rnd 3: ch 1 (do not count as a st here & throughout)

As you can see, additional information about ch-1 is written within parentheses. This means that ch-1 at the beginning of Rnd 3 should not be counted as a stitch in the total stitch count & this also applies to the following rounds that begin with ch-1.

  • Example of using (Parentheses) for indicating a group of stitches: (dc, ch 5, dc) in stitch between the large shells.

This means – you need to work a combination of stitches written within parentheses in the same stitch (or space) of row below…or ==> STEP 1: dc in stitch between the large shells; STEP 2: ch 5; STEP 3: dc in same stitch between the large shells (as shown in the photo below).

How to understand crochet patterns - group of stitches in IraRott patterns

  • Example of using (Parentheses) for indicating the total stitch count: Row 2: sc in each st across (25).

This means – you need to work 1 single crochet in every stitch of row below & your total stitch count at the end of Row 2 should be 25 stitches.

  • Example of using (Parentheses) in pattern repeats: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) repeat 2 times.

This means – you need to repeat the combination of stitches written within parentheses 2 times…or ==> STEP 1: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st)STEP 2: repeat step 1.

[BRACKETS

In IraRott® patterns we use [Brackets] for simple pattern repeats. Many other publishers do as well.

  • Example of using [Brackets] in simple pattern repeats: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times.

This means – you need to repeat the combination of stitches written within brackets 2 times…or ==> STEP 1: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st];  STEP 2: repeat step 1.

{BRACES} 

In advanced & intermediate patterns the repeats are usually more complex, which make it difficult to write them using just one type of mark. That’s why in IraRott® patterns we often use {Braces} & [Brackets] to describe the same row/rnd with complex repeats. When instructions within [Brackets] are inside of instructions within {Braces}, it means you need to repeat instructions within [Brackets] before repeating instructions within {Braces}.

  • Example of using {Braces} & [Brackets] in complex pattern repeats: {bpsc around second dc of next shell, ch 5; [skip 2 dc, bpsc around next dc, ch 5] 2 times} 5 times.

Let’s break it down in 4 simple steps: STEP 1: bpsc around second dc of next shell, ch 5; STEP 2: [skip 2 dc, bpsc around next dc, ch 5] 2 timesSTEP 3: repeat 4 more times steps 1 & 2. Your total repeats within braces will be 5 (STEPS 1-2 + 4 more times STEPS 1-2), as shown in the photo below.

Complex pattern repeat how to understand crochet patterns

*ASTERISK 

*Asterisk is used as a reference mark in crochet patterns. Some designers use an *Asterisk for simple pattern repeats, but we prefer to use it as an additional mark in complex pattern repeats. You can also find a double **Asterisk (or triple ***Asterisk) in some rows of the same pattern.

  • Example of using *Asterisk in simple pattern repeats: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat 2 more times from*

This means – you need to repeat the combination of stitches written after the *Asterisk  3 times in total (1 time + 2 more times as described)…or ==> STEP 1:*sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; STEP 2: repeat step 1;  STEP 3: repeat step 1. 

  • Example of using *Asterisk in complex pattern repeats: *[9 dc in next ch-5 arch, sc in next ch-5 arch, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 arch] 2 times; 9 dc in next ch-5 arch, sc in next ch-5 arch; repeat 2 more times from*.

Let’s break it down in 4 simple steps: STEP 1: [9 dc in next ch-5 arch, sc in next ch-5 arch, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 arch] 2 timesSTEP 2: 9 dc in next ch-5 arch, sc in next ch-5 arch; STEP 3: repeat steps 1 & 2; STEP 4: repeat steps 1 & 2.

  • Example of using double **Asterisk in complex pattern repeats: *[shell over shell, ch 2] 2 times, shell over shell; ch 3, skip ch-3 arch; [sc in next ch-3 arch, ch 3] 2 times, skip ch-3 arch; repeat 4 more times from*; shell; ch 3, skip ch-3 arch, [sc in next ch-3 arch, ch 3] 2 times, skip next ch-3 arch; **[shell over shell, ch 2] 2 times, shell over shell; ch 3, skip ch-3 arch; [sc in next ch-3 arch, ch 3] 2 times, skip ch-3 arch; repeat 4 more times from**.

Let’s break it down in 5 simple steps: STEP 1: *[shell over shell, ch 2] 2 times, shell over shell; ch 3, skip ch-3 arch; [sc in next ch-3 arch, ch 3] 2 times, skip ch-3 arch; STEP 2: repeat 4 more times step 1; STEP 3: shell; ch 3, skip ch-3 arch, [sc in next ch-3 arch, ch 3] 2 times, skip next ch-3 arch; STEP 4: **[shell over shell, ch 2] 2 times, shell over shell; ch 3, skip ch-3 arch; [sc in next ch-3 arch, ch 3] 2 times, skip ch-3 arch; STEP 5: repeat 4 more times step 4.

EQUAL = SIGN

Just like some designers are using (Parentheses) for indicating the total stitch count at end of the row/rnd, we prefer to use the Equal = Sign in IraRott® patterns.

  • Example of using Equal = Sign for indicating the total stitch count: Row 2: sc in each st across = 25 sts.

This means – you need to work 1 single crochet in every stitch of row below & your total stitch count at the end of Row 2 should be 25 stitches.

USING ALL MARKS in the SAME ROW/RND 

Some complex repeats may contain all available marks, such as (Parentheses), [Brackets], {Braces}, *Asterisk, & the Equal = Sign! But not to worry…simply break it down in steps just as we did in examples above & remember, that most main steps in the pattern are separated with a semicolon (or with a comma).

  • Example of using All Marks in complex pattern repeats: *{ch 5, bpsc around second dc of next shell; [ch 5, skip next 2 sts, bpsc around next dc] 2 times} 2 times, ch 5; (dc, ch 5, dc) in next ch-5 arch (CORNER); ch 5, bpsc around second dc of next shell; [ch 5, skip next 2 sts, bpsc around next dc] 2 times; repeat 2 more times from*…. = 44 ch-5 arches

Let’s break it down in 7 simple steps: STEP 1: ch 5, bpsc around second dc of next shell;  STEP 2: [ch 5, skip next 2 sts, bpsc around next dc] 2 timesSTEP 3: repeat steps 1 & 2; STEP 4: ch 5; (dc, ch 5, dc) in next ch-5 arch (CORNER) <– TIP: it’s good to place a marker in the corner!STEP 5: ch 5, bpsc around second dc of next shell; STEP 6: [ch 5, skip next 2 sts, bpsc around next dc] 2 timesSTEP 7: repeat 2 more times steps 1 through 6. After finishing this rnd you should have 44 ch-5 arches in total.

DIFFERENT STYLES OF USING MARKS

You may also find patterns that have complex repeats written using double [[Brackets]] or a combination of [Brackets](Parentheses) and/or *Asterisk. Lets take a look at this example of the same pattern & how it can be written using different marks. The first & second examples in the list below are often used in IraRott® patterns.

  1. {sc in first picot of next shell, ch 5; [skip 2 picots, sc in next picot, ch 5] 2 times} 5 times
  2. *sc in first picot of next shell, ch 5; [skip 2 picots, sc in next picot, ch 5] 2 times; repeat 4 more times from*  
  3. [sc in first picot of next shell, ch 5; (skip 2 picots, sc in next picot, ch 5) x 2] x 5 
  4. [sc in first picot of next shell, ch 5; [skip 2 picots, sc in next picot, ch 5] 2 times] 5 times
  5. (sc in first picot of next shell, ch 5; (skip 2 picots, sc in next picot, ch 5) 2 times) 5 times
  6. [sc in first picot of next shell, ch 5; (skip 2 picots, sc in next picot, ch 5) repeat 2 times] repeat 5 times

TIPS

If you have difficulty visualizing some complex repeats in the intermediate patterns, you can simply highlight all the main steps in the pattern, that are usually separated with a semicolon (or a comma). Print the pattern & use a different color marker for each step. You can also write each step down on a piece of paper. I hope you find this article helpful, but please feel free to ask questions in the comments below and I will be more than happy to help.

Josefina and Jeffery Elephant Crochet Patterns

There are never too many elephant patterns in the IraRott® family. Baby elephants are the world’s clumsiest, cutest, and my favorite animals of all!

Our “Josefina and Jeffery” pattern collection is growing rapidly & I hope to continue designing more and more adorable elephant patterns in the years to come. It is hard to believe that we have already published 7 Crochet Patterns inspired by Elephants!!! I was very proud when I finished my Crochet Elephant Rug last year…it is still one of my most favorite patterns at IraRott.com

Elephant Rug Pattern by IraRott

Elephant Rug Crochet Pattern

What could be better than cuddling up with a new elephant cushion on your favorite elephant rug? Josefina & Jeffery Crochet Pillow Pattern has recently been released & is so adorable!

Josefina and Jeffery Elephant Rug and Pillow Crochet Patterns by IraRott

Elephant Rug and Pillow Crochet Patterns

Josefina and Jeffery Elephant Pillow Pattern by IraRott

Elephant Pillow Crochet Pattern

Josefina and Jeffery Elephant Pillow Pattern by IraRott

Elephant Pillow Crochet Pattern

Don’t you think moms need matching hats with their children? We sure do, as we always stick together just like elephants 🙂

Elephant hat crochet pattern by IraRott

Elephant Hat Crochet Pattern

Elephant hat crochet pattern by irarott

Elephant Hat Crochet Pattern

The cutest things in the animal kingdom are babies. They bring joy and excitement to their families. Are you expecting a new addition? Here are a few IraRott® Crochet Elephant Patterns  you may be interested in.

Elephant lovey security blanket crochet pattern by IraRott

Elephant Lovey Crochet Pattern

Elephant lovey security blanket crochet pattern by IraRott

Elephant Lovey Crochet Pattern

Elephant crochet amigurumi toy pattern by IraRott

Elephant Crochet Amigurumi Toy Pattern

Elephant baby booties crochet pattern by IraRott

Elephant Baby Booties Crochet Pattern

Elephant hat crochet pattern by IraRott

Elephant Hat Crochet Pattern

Remember, you can always save 20% on any 4 or more Patterns purchased together at IraRott.com