Crochet Animal Rugs: Over 20 Crochet Patterns for Fun Floor Mats and Matching Accessories

Crochet Animal Rugs: Over 20 Crochet Patterns for Fun Floor Mats and Matching Accessories

by Ira Rott

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Crochet Animal Rugs: Over 20 Crochet Patterns for Fun Floor Mats and Matching Accessories by Ira Rott

Crochet decor your kids will be begging for! Bring their bedroom decor to life with this collection of seven sensational animal rug designs, by popular crochet designer Ira Rott. You will love making these unique and quirky designs that kids will simply adore. Choose from an amazing elephant, a sweet giraffe, a cuddly cat, a cheeky monkey, a sneaky crab, a friendly dinosaur and a snuggly bear, each with a coordinating pillow and accessory to crochet to continue the theme. With accessories ranging from security blankets to stool covers, bed book tidies, placemats and toy bags, this collection features over 20 animal-themed designs to crochet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781446307007
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 640,197
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ira Rott is a knitting and crochet designer based in Canada. She began learning her skill from her mother and grandmothers when she was in middle school. This wonderful tradition has been passed on from generation to generation in Ira’s family, and has become her passion through design. She loves working with yarn and other fibers to express her ideas. She sells her designs through Etsy and Ravelry, and her own website. This is her first book.

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CHAPTER 1

JEFFERY THE ELEPHANT

Rug, Pillow and Stool Cover

Jeffery is my most favorite animal creation! His amazing curved trunk reminds me of hooks and inspires me to crochet.

It is not surprising that I chose to make this elephant collection to decorate my craft studio – the combination of texture, lace and chunkiness brings my workspace to life!

After making Jeffery in gray yarn, I just had to make a colorful friend for him! So I crocheted Josefina in a pretty pink yarn with a purple bow. Choose your favorite (or make both) and, once you've completed the rug, crochet a coordinating elephant pillow and a sweet stool cover to decorate your room.

ELEPHANT RUG

SKILL LEVEL

FINISHED SIZE

52in x 31 1/2in (132cm x 80cm)

HOOKS

5.5mm (I), 6.5mm (K), 9mm (M/N)

YARN WEIGHT

4

NUMBER OF STRANDS

1, 2 and 3

GAUGE WITH 3 STRANDS AND 9MM (M/N) HOOK

9 dc x 4.5 rows = 4in x 4in (10cm x 10cm)

STITCH SUMMARY

Ch, sl st, sc, sc2tog, hdc, dc, dc2tog, tr, picot, PC, beg PC, crest, shell, arch, join

SKILLS

Working in rows and in the round, raw edge finishing, working across the bottom of the foundation chain, blocking, sewing

LEFT-HANDED CROCHET

See Crochet Techniques: Left-Handed Crochet

HEAD AND TRUNK

Make 1. Begin by working in the round with a 9mm (M/N) hook and 3 strands of MC.

STEP 1 - HEAD

To beg: Ch 3, sl st in third ch from hook to form a ring (or start with a magic ring)

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st from now to Rnd 11), 12 dc in ring; join = 12 sts

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, 2 dc in next 11 sts; join = 24 sts

Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] 11 times; join = 36 sts

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in next 2 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts] 11 times; join = 48 sts

Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st] 11 times; join = 60 sts

Rnd 6: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in next 4 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts] 11 times; join = 72 sts

Rnd 7: Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st] 11 times; join = 84 sts

Rnd 8: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in next 6 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts] 11 times; join = 96 sts

Rnd 9: Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 7 sts, 2 dc in next st] 11 times; join = 108 sts

Rnd 10: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in next 8 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in next 8 sts] 11 times; join = 120 sts

Rnd 11: Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next 8 sts, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in next st] 11 times; join = 132 sts

Do not break off yarn. Continue to work Step 2 in rows.

STEP 2 - TRUNK

Row 12: (RS) Ch 2 (counts as first dc now and throughout), skip st with join, dc in next 16 sts, place

Marker A in next st; turn = 17 sts

Row 13: (WS) Ch 2, skip first st, dc2tog, dc in next 12 sts, dc2tog; turn = 15 sts

Row 14: (RS) Ch 2, skip first st, dc2tog, dc in next 10 sts, dc2tog; turn = 13 sts

Row 15: (WS) Ch 2, skip first st, dc2tog, dc in next 8 sts, dc2tog; turn = 11 sts

Row 16: (RS) Ch 2, skip first st, dc2tog, dc in next 6 sts, dc2tog; turn = 9 sts

Row 17: (WS) Ch 2, skip first st, dc2tog, dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog; turn = 7 sts

Row 18: (RS) Ch 2, skip first st, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts; turn = 7 sts

Row 19: (WS) Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts; turn = 7 sts

Rows 20-41: Repeat Rows 18 and 19 in established pattern, ending on WS

Turn and work Step 3 on RS.

STEP 3 - EDGING

With RS facing, ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in first st, sc in next 5 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc evenly across the concave edge of the trunk, sc in st with Marker A and remove the marker, sc in next 55 sts, [ch 18, sc in next st] 4 times, sc in next 55 sts, sc evenly across the convex edge of the trunk; join (1)

Fasten off, leaving a long single strand of MC for sewing. Weave in the other ends.

LEFT EAR

Make 1. Work with a 9mm (M/N) hook and 3 strands of MC.

STEP 1 - BIG CIRCLE

Work in the round to make 1 big circle.

To beg: Ch 3, sl st in third ch from hook to form a ring (or start with a magic ring)

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st now and throughout), 12 dc in ring; join = 12 sts

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, 2 dc in next 11 sts; join = 24 sts

Rnd 3: Beg PC in same st as join, ch 1, dc in next st, ch 1, [PC in next st, ch 1, dc in next st, ch 1] 11 times; join = 12 PC and 12 dc

Rnd 4: Ch 1 (does not count as a st now and throughout), [skip PC, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, skip dc, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3] 12 times; join = 24 arches

Rnd 5: Sl st in first ch of the first arch, ch 1, sc in same arch, [ch 3, sc in next arch] 23 times, ch 3; join = 24 arches

Rnd 6: Ch 2, [3 dc in next arch, 2 dc in next arch] 12 times; join = 60 sts

Rnd 7: Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st] 11 times; join = 72 sts

Rnd 8: Beg PC in same st as join, ch 2, skip st, [PC in next st, ch 2, skip st] 35 times; join = 36 PC

Rnd 9: Ch 2, [skip PC, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, skip PC, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp] 18 times, place Marker A in 14th st to the right, place Marker B in 14th st to the left; join = 90 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long single strand of MC for sewing. Weave in the other ends.

STEP 2 - SMALL CIRCLE

Make 1 small circle by following the instructions for the big circle from the beginning to Rnd 6 (see Left Ear: Step 1 - Big Circle). Place Marker C in 7th st to the right and continue to work the tip in rows as follows:

Row 7: (RS) Ch 1 (does not count as a st now and throughout), hdc in same st as join, hdc in next 8 sts, place Marker D in 7th st to the left; turn = 9 sts

Row 8: (WS) Ch 1, do not skip first st, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog; turn = 7 sts

Row 9: (RS) Ch 1, do not skip first st, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog; turn = 5 sts

Row 10: (WS) Ch 1, do not skip first st, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog; turn = 3 sts

Row 11: (RS) Ch 2 (counts as first dc), skip first st, dc2tog, place Marker E in st just made = 2 sts

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

STEP 3 - ASSEMBLING CIRCLES

With RS of both circles facing you, place the small circle right up against the big circle with Marker D below Marker A and Marker E below the long tail of the big circle (2). Using the long tail from the big circle, whipstitch towards Marker A to join the small circle from Marker E to Marker D (3). Turn to WS and whipstitch across the same edges. Weave in the end. Do not remove markers.

STEP 4 - EDGING

With RS of the ear facing you, join yarn in st with Marker B of the big circle.

Row 1: (RS) Working from Marker B towards Marker A, [ch 5, skip 2 sts, sc in next st] 18 times, ch 5, skip 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 5, skip 2 sts, tr in next 3 sts, skip Marker A and Marker D, tr in next 2 sts of small circle, ch 5, skip 2 sts, dc in next st, [ch 5, skip 2 sts, sc in next st] 10 times, ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc in st with Marker C (counts as last arch); turn = 32 arches (4)

Row 2: (WS) Skip ch-2 sp, [9 dc in next arch, sc in next arch, ch 5, sc in next arch] 3 times, 9 dc in next arch, sc in next arch, ch 5, skip 2 tr, sc in next tr, skip 2 tr, [9 dc in next arch, sc in next arch, ch 5, sc in next arch] 6 times, 9 dc in next arch, sc in next arch, ch 2, dc in st with Marker B (counts as last arch); turn = 11 shells and 11 arches

Row 3: (RS) Skip ch-2 sp, [crest across next shell, sc in next arch] 10 times, crest across next shell, dc in st with Marker C = 11 crests

Fasten off, leaving a long single strand of MC for sewing. Weave in the other ends. Remove all markers. Spray block the shell edge or wet block the entire ear if necessary (see General Techniques: Blocking).

RIGHT EAR

Make 1. Work with a 9mm (M/N) hook and 3 strands of MC.

STEP 1 - BIG CIRCLE

Follow the instructions for the big circle from the Left Ear (see Left Ear: Step 1 - Big Circle).

STEP 2 - SMALL CIRCLE

Follow the instructions for the small circle from the Left Ear (see Left Ear: Step 2 - Small Circle).

STEP 3 - ASSEMBLING CIRCLES

With RS of both circles facing you, place the small circle right up against the big circle with Marker C below Marker B, and Marker E below the long tail of the big circle (5). Using the long tail from the big circle, whipstitch towards Marker B to join the small circle from Marker E to Marker C (6). Turn to WS and whipstitch across the same edges. Weave in the ends. Do not remove markers.

STEP 4 - EDGING

With RS of the ear facing you, join yarn in st with Marker D of the small circle.

Row 1: (RS) Working from Marker D towards Marker C, [ch 5, skip 2 sts, sc in next st] 10 times, ch 5, skip 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 5, skip 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts, skip Marker C and Marker B, tr in next 3 sts of big circle, ch 5, skip 2 sts, dc in next st, [ch 5, skip 2 sts, sc in next st] 18 times, ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc in st with Marker A (counts as last arch); turn = 32 arches (7)

Row 2: (WS) Skip ch-2 sp, [9 dc in next arch, sc in next arch, ch 5, sc in next arch] 6 times, 9 dc in next arch, skip 2 tr, sc in next tr, ch 5, skip 2 tr, sc in next arch, [9 dc in next arch, sc in next arch, ch 5, sc in next arch] 3 times, 9 dc in next arch, sc in next arch, ch 2, dc in st with Marker D (counts as last arch); turn = 11 shells and 11 arches

Row 3: (RS) Skip ch-2 sp, [crest across next shell, sc in next arch] 10 times, crest across next shell, dc in st with Marker A = 11 crests

Fasten off, leaving a long single strand of MC for sewing. Weave in the other ends. Remove all markers. Spray block the shell edge or wet block the entire ear if necessary (see General Techniques: Blocking).

EYES

Make 2. Follow the instructions for the basic eyes (see Common Shapes: Basic Eyes). Use 2 strands of CC1 with a 9mm (M/N) hook for the pupils and 1 strand of CC2 with a 5.5mm (I) hook for the highlights.

TUSKS (OPTIONAL)

Make 2. Work in rows with a 6.5mm (K) hook and 2 strands of CC2.

To beg: Ch 11

Row 1: (WS) Sl st in second ch from hook (the skipped ch does not count as a st), sc in next 2 chs, hdc in next 3 chs, dc in next 4 chs; turn = 10 sts

Row 2: (RS) Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in end ch, continuing working across the bottom of the foundation ch, sc in next 10 sts = 22 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long single strand of CC2 for sewing. Weave in the other ends.

BOW (OPTIONAL)

Make 1. Follow the instructions for the big bow (see Common Shapes: Big Bow). Use 3 strands of CC3 with a 9mm (M/N) hook.

ASSEMBLING RUG

Place the eyes approximately 3 rounds above the edge on each side of the head (8).

To position the eyebrows (optional), cut 2 x 5in (12.7cm) lengths of any color yarn and place them above the eyes to reflect a facial expression. Place a marker on each end of both yarn guides (8).

Backstitch the eyes around the edge using the long CC1 tail from the eyes. Thread the needle with a double strand of CC1 and chain stitch the eyebrows between the markers (9), removing markers as you go.

If using, place the tusks on each side of the trunk and whipstitch across RS and WS using the long CC2 tail from the tusks (10).

With RS facing, place the ears right up against the head, 8-9 stitches apart from the top loops on each side. Using the long MC tail from the ears, whipstitch across the inner edge of the ears on RS (11) and WS (12).

The tip of the curved trunk should overlap onto the ear, but do not worry if it doesn't as everyone crochets differently. Leave the trunk unattached or whipstitch the corner of the trunk to the ear on RS and WS using the long MC tail from the trunk (11 and 12).

For Josefina, place the bow onto the head and backstitch around the center with 1 strand of CC3 (13). Leave the side edges of the bow unattached or whipstitch the corners to keep them in place.

If desired, make a removable non-slip lining (see General Techniques: Non-Slip Lining).

ELEPHANT PILLOW

SKILL LEVEL

FINISHED SIZE

26in x 17 1/2in (66cm x 44.5cm)

HOOKS

3.75mm (F), 4.25mm (G), 5.5mm (I)

YARN WEIGHT

4

NUMBER OF STRANDS

1

GAUGE WITH 1 STRAND AND 5.5MM (I) HOOK

14 sc x 16 rows = 4in x 4in (10cm x 10cm)

STITCH SUMMARY

Ch, sl st, sc, sc3tog, bpsc, hdc, dc, dc2tog, dc3tog, picot, PC, beg PC, join

SKILLS

Working in rows and in the round, raw edge finishing, sewing

LEFT-HANDED CROCHET

HEAD PILLOW BASE

Make 1 front and 1 back using 1 strand of MC with a 5.5mm (I) hook. Follow the instructions for the round pillow base (see Common Shapes: Round Pillow Base). Fasten off after finishing the back piece, but do not break off yarn after finishing the front piece.

Holding the front and the back pieces together with WS facing each other, work the joining round through both pieces of fabric at the same time using the working yarn from the front piece.

Rnd 26: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in same st as previous sl st, sc in next 75 sts, [ch 18, sc in next st] 5 times, sc in next 60 sts, stuff the pillow (1), sc in next 15 sts; join = 156 sts and 5 loops

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

EYES

Make 2. Follow the instructions for the basic eyes (see Common Shapes: Basic Eyes). Work with a 4.25mm (G) hook using 1 strand of CC1 for the pupils and 1 strand of CC2 for the highlights.

BOW (OPTIONAL)

Make 1. Follow the instructions for the small bow (see Common Shapes: Small Bow). Use 1 strand of CC3 with a 3.75mm (F) hook.

EARS

Make 2 front and 2 back pieces following the same instructions. Work in rows with a 5.5mm (I) hook and 1 strand of MC.

STEP 1 - FRONT AND BACK

To beg: Ch 39

Row 1: (RS) Sc in second ch from hook (the skipped ch does not count as a st), place Marker A in skipped ch, sc in next 11 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 12 sts] 2 times; turn = 40 sts

Row 2: (WS) Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), dc in first st, dc in next 19 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 18 sts, 2 dc in next st; turn = 43 sts

Row 3: (RS) Ch 3, skip first st, dc in next st, [ch 2, skip st, PC in next st] 19 times, ch 2, skip st, dc in next 2 sts; turn = 19 PC and 4 dc

Row 4: (WS) Ch 3, skip first st, dc in next st, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, skip PC, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, [skip PC, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, skip PC, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp] 9 times, dc in next 2 sts; turn = 53 sts

Row 5: (RS) Ch 3, skip first st, dc in next st, [ch 2, skip st, PC in next st] 24 times, ch 2, skip st, dc in next 2 sts; turn = 24 PC and 4 dc

(Continues…)


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Table of Contents

Introduction, 3,
How to Use This Book, 4,
Tools and Materials, 6,
Jeffery the Elephant, 8,
Elephant Rug, 10,
Elephant Pillow, 18,
Elephant Stool Cover, 22,
Rusty the Giraffe, 24,
Giraffe Rug, 26,
Giraffe Pillow, 33,
Giraffe Security Blanket, 38,
Sassy the Kitty Cat, 42,
Kitty Rug, 44,
Kitty Pillow, 55,
Kitty Placemat, 58,
Rock 'n' Roll Panda, 60,
Panda Rug, 62,
Panda Pillow, 67,
Panda Toy Bag, 69,
Chip the Monkey, 72,
Monkey Rug, 74,
Monkey Pillow, 81,
Monkey Toy Bag, 86,
Cranky the Crab, 90,
Crab Rug, 92,
Crab Pillow, 98,
Crab Security Blanket, 102,
Tops the Dinosaur, 106,
Dinosaur Rug, 108,
Dinosaur Pillow, 113,
Dinosaur Book Bag, 117,
Useful Information, 119,
Crochet Terminology, 119,
Abbreviations, 119,
Common Shapes, 127,
Basic Eyes, 127,
Bows, 128,
Pillow Bases, 130,
Crochet Techniques, 134,
Color Change, 134,
Weaving in Yarn Ends, 134,
Raw Edge Finishing, 135,
Bottom of Foundation Chain, 135,
Working with 2-3 Strands, 135,
Flat Circles, 136,
Left-Handed Crochet, 137,
Sewing Stitches, 138,
Backstitch, 138,
Chain Stitch, 138,
French Knot, 138,
Straight Stitch, 138,
Whipstitch, 138,
General Techniques, 139,
Blocking, 139,
Non-Slip Lining, 140,
Wall Decoration, 141,
About the Author, 142,
Thanks, 142,
Suppliers, 142,
Index, 143,

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Crochet Animal Rugs: Over 20 Crochet Patterns for Fun Floor Mats and Matching Accessories 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Theologiczero 4 days ago
If you crochet, you need to get this book! The designs are super cute, the instructions are very easy to read, plus there are color-coded charts if you prefer those. Most of the designs are based on a beginner’s stitch with more complex parts added on if you choose. The book is full of full-color photos and gives several ideas to modify the designs. The author gives helpful insights and tips throughout the book and rates each pattern to let you know what to expect. She also begins the book with what is needed as well as the types of stitches to expect, which is very helpful for a beginner. Though many of the designs are shown to be used as children’s gifts, some can be modified for the animal lover in your life. The only issue I have with this book is the title. Yes, it has rugs, but it has so much more in it! This is a great book for those who want to create happiness through crochet. Thank you to BookishFirst and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy to read. All opinions are my own.
DeclareFangirl 6 days ago
This book is completely adorable. There are so many pattern choices and I love how there are 3 item patterns for each animal in the book. The patterns are well written and easy to follow. I think my favorite is the crab, and my daughter loves the panda. With digital patterns so easily accessible on the internet, I don't usually seek out physical pattern books because they take up room on my shelves for my beloved fiction books, but I'm so glad I got my hands on a physical copy of this book. The book is a nice size and won't bog down my project bag. I can definitely see me toting this book around with me wherever I take my crocheting. I think my first project from the book will be the crab (perhaps a pillow?). He's just so stinking cute! This is my first book by this designer and I will definitely be looking for more by her.
Dhammelef 8 days ago
This book starts off explaining how to use the book and includes suggestions of where even beginners can start. It explains how to read the patterns, what materials you will need, how to finish your designs, and how to read the detailed charts provided. The book contains easy-to-follow patterns as well as charts so readers have both visual and written instructions, making this perfect for all types of learners. Each design is accompanied by clear and colorful photographs. The text is spaced out well with lots of room for your eyes to easily follow and find the information you need. The author discusses techniques, stitches, left-handed crochet and so much more! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn a new craft, improve their craft, or just wants to find fun new pattern to try.
judgie39 9 days ago
* I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review* Okay, I am going to be completely honest here. I do not crochet. I enjoy a lot of different crafting activities, but crocheting is not one of them. This review is totally from a non-crocheter. That being said, this book looks amazing. I would say it is best suited for those looking for moderate to challenging crochet projects. There are only a couple of patterns for beginners and they are eyes and a pillow base. Each project is given a challenge level and each animal theme has three projects to decorate a room. There are patterns to make pillows, rugs, a toy bag, and security blankets. All of the projects look super cute and are perfect for a child's bedroom. This book contains colorful photos and step-by-step directions for each project. It also contains a section with terminology and abbreviations used throughout the book. Very helpful.
Bookapotamus 11 days ago
This book is SO cute. I am obsessed with just about every single project in here and I am determined to hone my crochet skills to get some of these projects started (and hopefully completed!) If you don't know how to crochet - there are a bunch of ages or tips and tricks and if that doesn't work, a YouTube video will have you up and running in no time! The rugs are so cute. They aren't all rungs - there are some pillows, and I think some of these could totally be used as blankets! Toy bags, chair covers, etc. ALL adorable. Great projects to make for kids (or adults lol) and every single one of these would make amazing gifts! The crabs are definitely my favorites- a rug and a pillow. There is something for everyone!
Anonymous 13 days ago
I am a beginner crocheter and I am so excited to explore the ideas in this book! There are really complete and easy-to-follow instructions for each project and also a nice section in the beginning that explains the basics. I appreciate that each of the patterns has a difficulty rating so that I can start with the easier projects and move on to the more difficult ones as I get better at crocheting! All of the animals are so cute, and there are a variety of different ideas that would be perfect in any kid's room, craft room, or play room. Or adult room, if you're someone like me who loves giraffes! I would recommend this book for people who love to crochet (obviously) and who have kids in their lives (or kids at heart) to make these projects for!
Nurse98 16 days ago
I have had many crochet books over the years. Some have harder patterns than others, some not so good, some great. This crochet book is just as I thought it would be. Some of the patterns are pretty easy and some are probably more of a moderate difficulty level. All look like I could tackle them. The pictures are beautiful of the finished products and my son has already spent time examining them and picking out which one he wants me to make for him and all his cousins. We are starting with the Triceratops. Except we are going to make him red. I can't wait to get going on it this weekend and hope to get at least the book bag finished by Sunday night. I already have my gifts planned to make from this book for my cousins kids for Christmas. Thank you thank you for the great book.
CrimeDoc 17 days ago
Really fun projects for crochet lovers! I really like the variety of fun patterns, including both rugs and pillows, and that the author includes patterns for all skill levels. The sample Panda rug and pillow patterns are so cute! Every pattern includes a list of the stitches and the crochet skills you need to be able to complete the project. The author even includes info and tips for left handed crocheters! I've never crocheted a rug and would love to try one of the beginner patterns. The cover is bright and colorful and is an attention-grabber. Very suitable for a book of patterns for childrens' rooms.
courtofbingereading 22 days ago
This book is perfect if you or a loved one has little children! When I won this book I immediately knew it would be perfect to use with the children I babysit. We've tried a few of the designs and had an absolute blast working on them! This book is such a cute, creative way to spend time with your kids while also making something they will have forever! The instructions are incredibly easy to follow--which is a huge plus for me. I was a tad wary of this book as I had never attempted to crochet before. Thankfully, my worry was unnecessary. Crochet Animal Rugs makes crocheting an entertaining yet relatively simple activity. I definitely recommend this book! I think you'll find it just as fun as I do.
Milkz 22 days ago
I have been crocheting for almost 10 years and have purchased and tried out patterns from many different artists. I can honestly say this is one of the best fun crochet books I've come across. I was initially interested in this book because I am an amigurumi artist, and I enjoy fun twists on everyday home decor. How cute would it be to walk into a room with an adorable crocheted elephant rug to greet you? Even more, this book not only contains patterns for rugs, but also has patterns to match each rug. There are pillows, snuggies, and more. The pattern collection as a whole is cohesive and aesthetically compliments each other. I especially love the clever details in the elephant's ears and giraffe's spot pattern. As an amigurumi artist who uses written patterns and likes to show them to a cousin who uses charts, I was also very pleased and impressed when I saw that both pattern and chart instructions are available. I can't wait to make something from this book, I am thinking about attempting the elephant pillow!
JulieB 23 days ago
This book is AMAZING....the best crochet book I’ve come across so far. I’ve seen Ira’s crochet projects all over the internet and have been drooling over them! I’m so excited to finally try them. She is so talented and wonderfully creative. The book contains easy-to-follow written patterns, along with charts - for anyone who struggles with written patterns. There are numerous illustrations, which I find very useful and she’s even included skill levels. She discusses techniques, stitches, left-handed crochet and so much more! I can’t praise this book enough. Thank you to NetGalley, F+W Media and Ira Rott for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. #CrochetAnimalRugs #NetGalley
ElleyKat 23 days ago
This book is so cute, and has a lot of adorable patterns. Each rug pattern comes with coordinating accessory patterns, so in addition to a cute rug you can also make a matching stool cover or book bag or pillow. Each pattern is clearly labeled with the skill level as well as the finished size, tools and materials needed, stitches and skills used, and even whether the pattern is left-handed compatible. I love that the animals include a giraffe, elephant, monkey, dinosaur, crab, panda, and a cat. There's also a section on basic shapes, like eyes and bows and things, so between the various shapes available from the existing patterns and these extra basic shapes, a savvy crafter could conceivably craft an even wider array of creatures. I personally have big plans to make a boy and girl crab pillow, with the boy crab having a bow tie and the girl crab having a bow in her "hair."
waiting4the2ndstar 24 days ago
This book of crochet patterns is simply adorable. I loved the little stories and tidbits that went with each of the characters Rott has designed. They give the little critters a super personal touch. I'll be honest--I don't crochet. I have tried in the past, and I'm not very good. However, Rusty the Giraffe has given me something to aim for. So, I'm sure some lessons with Grandma will be scheduled in the Very Near Future. My only critique of this book (particularly as a non-experienced crochet person) is the location of the "easy stuff" in the back. It's more than a little intimidating to encounter Jeffery right after the introduction, and I flipped through the whole book thinking, "Is anything in here actually an 'easy' project?!" I of course stumbled across those eventually. Having them up front and then progressing to the actual projects may have served users better. I know it's in the Table of Contents, but I still felt the order was a little distracting. (But if you've picked up this book and want the easy stuff, just know it's in the back!) Here's hoping Rusty and I meet sometime in the near future!
conni7 3 months ago
My mom taught me how to crochet when I was younger, but I haven’t made anything in years. I’m a bit rusty. This book has some very cute designs and they are labeled beginner, moderate and challenging, so even someone like me could make a cute rug for a young child. There are directions that explain how to read the patterns, sewing stitches and what supplies to buy. If you are left-handed, the author has helpful instructions for you too. The rugs include: a crab, dinosaur, an elephant, giraffe, monkey, cat and more. Along with the rugs are instructions for some cute accessories. If you enjoy crocheting this would be a good book to add to your collection. You can make some very sweet gifts or keep them for your own family.