Monday, September 19, 2011

New Pattern Release - A Modern Heirloom baby/toddler/lap Afghan

I am so pleased to announce that my newest design, 

A Modern Heirloom

is being released today!  

You can find the pattern at either:
 (links are clickable)

This is one of my most favorite patterns that I've come up with so far.  It is so versatile.  It can be used as a baby ghan, is large enough to be a toddler/ small child ghan, gorgeous enough to be a crib cover, or used as a lap or wheelchair ghan.  

The applications for this afghan are endless.  The only thing that needs to be changed for it's different purposes is the color.  Winter white or beige for the heirloom look, baby blue or pinks for infants, favorite colors for older children or for those of use that refuse to grow up :)

I strongly recommend making this afghan in Caron Pounders
or any other of the thicker 4 ply worsted weight yarns.  

Warning - Teaser Alert!  My next post will be the first ever RoseRed Designs Give-Away Contest!  I think you guys will be quite happy with the contents of the up-coming give-away.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

So excited!!! Designer Profile at

I am just soooooooo excited!

I have several patterns listed at AllFreeCrochet.  As if that wasn't exciting enough - I also have a Designer Profile!

I am so honored to be included in with these other GREAT designers!

All Free is an AWESOME website that lists tons of free patterns from across the web.  Make sure to check it out when you have a chance!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Prayer Cloth in Filet - 5 inch sq

You can also download the pdf file thru Ravelry

 … so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.   ACTS 19:12 NIV

Finished size:

            Approx. 5x5 inches


            34 yds Size 10 crochet cotton, white

            #7 steel hook Boye or

            #5 steel hook Bates

Pattern Notes:

            - Pattern is worked in 4edc blocks.

            - Entire pattern is worked in Edc.

            - Follow chart beginning at the bottom right corner of Row 1.

            - Chart is then followed back and forth until completed.

            - This pattern is symmetrical.

Pattern Stitches

edc  - Extended Double Crochet - yo and insert hook in specified st.  yo and draw through st (3 loops on hook).  yo and draw through 1 loop.  Complete as you would a normal dc. (Yo and draw through 2 loops, yo and draw through remaining 2 loops).

Mesh Block - Edc, ch2, skip 2st’s, edc in next st.  Each mesh block is made up of 4 st’s.  

Blocks that are next to each other share the center st.  Example - 2Mesh - edc, ch2, edc (shared),  ch2, edc.

Solid Block - 4 edc.  Each solid block is made up of 4st’s. Blocks that are next to each other share the center st.  Example - 2 Block - 7edc


Chain 52

Row 1 - edc in 4th chain from hook and in each chain across.

Row 2 - ch3, turn, edc in next 3 sts, *ch 2, skip next 2 sts, edc in next st*  repeat 2 more times, edc in next 3 sts,  *ch 2, skip next 2 sts, edc in next st* repeat 5 more times, edc in next 3 sts, *ch 2, skip next 2 sts, edc in next st* repeat 2 more times, edc in next 3 sts

Continue following chart through completion.  Finish off, weave in ends and block.

 Copyright 2011 ~ Michele Shirley ~ All rights reserved.
This pattern and it's derivative works are for personal, private and charitable use.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fitted Pint Canning Jar Cozy

Pint Canning jar cozy next to quart canning jar to show size.

Finished size: fits a 1 pint canning jar

Gauge:  4inch sq - 15 sts x 8 rows

Caron One Pound worsted (medium) weight acrylic yarn- 30oz/1548 yds/ 850.5g
 1 ounce
Hook:  I / 5.5 mm / UK size 5
Finishing needle for weaving in ends

Pattern Stitches:

fpsc – (front post single crochet) -  working from right to left, insert hook behind the post of the next st, yo and draw through, yo and draw through both loops on hook



Round 1 – working over tail 11 dc in last ch from hook, slst into top of ch2 to join, pull tail to tighten center (12 dc)

Round 2 – ch2, dc in same st, 2dc in each st around, slst to join (24 dc)

Round 3 – ch2, dc in same st, dc in next 2 dcs, (2dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts), repeat around, slst to join, turn (32 dc)

Round 4 – ch1, (sc, ch1) around post of same dc, dc around post of each dc around, slst to join, turn (32 dc)

Round 5 – (sc, ch1) in same st, dc in each dc around, slst to join, (32 dc)

Round 6 – ch1, hdc in same st and in each st around, st to join (32 hdc)

Round 7 – (sc, ch1, dc) in same st, (dc in next 10 sts, 2dc in next st) twice, dc in next 9 sts, slst to join (35 dc)

Round 8 – 13 – (sc, ch1) in same st, dc in each st around (35 dc)

Round 14 - ch1, fpsc in same st each in each st around.  Tie off and weave in ends. (35 fpsc)

Copyright 2011 ~ Michele Shirley ~ All rights reserved.
Items made from this pattern may be sold locally.


Ravelry and forays into herbalism

I finally figured out how to post a pattern for sale to Ravelry!  Whoohoo for me!  Yes, I know - it took an awful long time but I did it.  I now have the 5-10 Point and the 20 Point Round Ripple Patterns for sale on Rav.  I know that a lot of you guys prefer Ravelry to Etsy because they have instant downloads and a pattern library.  I do plan to keep my patterns on both Rav and Etsy for now.

Some of you may know that I've become interested in herbalism.  There's just something so great about being able to care for yourself and your family naturally.  One of the things that I've come to love in herbalism is infusions.  Simply put - an infusion is a very strong tea.

Some of the reasons I like them so much is because 1) they are so easy to make, 2) they are sooooo very good for you, 3) I can actually get my family to drink them.

To make an infusion you'll use herbs like nettle, oatstraw, red raspberry leaf, dandelion or rose hips, to name a few.  1 ounce of plant material to a quart of boiling water and then you let them sit anywhere from 4-10 hours or overnight.  It's best to keep them warm as long as possible.  I got very tired of having my jars wrapped in towels sitting on the counter.  It just looked bad.  So I started crocheting little cozy's for my jars.  Being the dork that I am I even color coordinated my cozy's to what was inside them lololol. 

I started with a basic and very boring basic shape, turned that into the fitted shape of the green one above and of course, me being me, decided that simple just doesn't always do and created the Turtleneck Cozy above as well.

So, my dear friends in yarn, my gift to you is the pint size canning jar cover.  I use this to make smaller infusions like the dandelion and rose hips.  It really does make a huge difference in how long the teas/infusions stay warm while sitting on the counter.  And they look good too!