crochet:: japanese flower shawl

Time to brag…unfortunately, sometimes that is what a ta-dah moment feels like to me.  In my real life I only have these kind of bragging moments with my family 🙂

So, Voila! Ta~Dah! Oh, joy of joys!  I got it finished!  Yay for me!

It’s a windy cold day, talk about perfect shawl weather.  I am wearing it as I type these words, and it is toasty.

I am really happy with the way it turned out, can ya tell? (50 photos later…)

It’s like a 4 hour slide show of your Great Auntie’s vacation to the Poconos…

Oh wait, there’s one more box of slides in my car…heeheehee

So, I made it with Vanna’s Choice acrylic yarn, an H hook, and it is very cozy I must say.  I made 4 rows, each row 1 motif shorter. (Row 1 has 13, row 2 has 12, row 3 has 11, and row  has 10) I borrowed the motif pattern from Elizabeth Cat’s blog – she is so sweet to share it!  It wraps and stays in place very comfortably.

As I posted here, it took me much longer than expected.  But in my defense, I’ve had A LOT going on in my life lately.  I have accomplished a few other things that I am quite pleased with including passing a test to add letters behind my name at work, working really hard at youth leadership workshops,  and copious amounts of time on my yard and gardens in preparation for the growing season.   All in all, this spring has been very productive.  I have only one more youth workshop in June and then I have to wait for nearly A YEAR to see the outcome from the kids’ project, but I am sooooo excited to see their hard work culminate into a fantastic finished product.  I am confident that they will be a smashing success.  (I would love to give details ~ but I am sworn to secrecy until it is unveiled next year!)

On to other things…

I have been adding a few diffferent parts of my life to my little blog, and I am enjoying that I can share them.  I still want keep my focus on crochet, food and photography.  Your comments and support of these things is so wonderful.  I hope that you are enjoying some of the side-trips and  you will be inspired by some of the other parts of life that I share as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by and indulging me in my bragging!

Edited to add::

since Elizabeth Cat took down her site, here are a couple of links ~

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68 thoughts on “crochet:: japanese flower shawl”

  1. Hi there, I love your flowers! Pink and gray are beautiful together. A couple of months ago I happened across Elizabeth Cat’s Japanese flower pattern and I made one. I decided to start a few more, but have since misplaced (because I moved) the one I made and her blog is gone. Could you help me with the pattern instruction?


    1. Hi Julie! I had no clue that Elizabeth Cat had taken her blog down. I looked all over and I am amazed that it’s not out there anywhere! Not even on Ravelry. I didn’t save it digitally, so let me look through my paper patterns to see what I can find. Give me a day or two and if I have it on paper I can scan and send it to you. Keep in touch 🙂


  2. Hello,
    I love your Japanese flower stole. I too have searched in vain for the pattern, so I ordered the Japanese book (which I won’t be able to read!) but which has diagrams. I found the pattern in French, but it looks different to the original and the last two rows are being a problem for me. May I ask you if you would be kind enough to send me the pattern through email too. I also searched along the Elzabeth Cat lines, but she is no longer available! This lovely pattern is proving difficult to trace!

    Thank you so much!

    I love the extensive view from your terrace. I live in the city with another building in front of my nose!


  3. I would love to make these gorgeous flowers too but I am only finding lots of beautiful pictures and a blog in French, but I do not speak or read French!! If you can send a link to the pattern, I would be so grateful!! Otherwise, I will try to figure it out going by all the beautiful pictures! My email is Thank you!!


      1. I feel a bit selfish to also be asking for this beautiful pattern(Japanese Flwr) and like the others,I cannot find it translatable to American/English terms! See what happens when you make something so lovely,everyone wants to be you! So,I’m not going to judge,expect,or think any less of you if you don’t have the time to email it to me,and will still visit you,as you are worthy of time to spend,marvelling at all you do…


  4. I know you are exhausted from sending this pattern to people,but I asked back in April,I’m not sure I left my email(it’s possible,I’m such a ditz) so I’ll try one more time,and then I’ll be obnoxious,and start asking all the people on here that previously asked,and everyone will think,God-that girl really has a nerve to ask,but you know,if you don’t ask sometimes then it never happens,and I’ll just have to be jealous of everyone’s gorgeous Japanese shawl,especially yours,and then I might never get to make one…….!!!!!!!


    1. I used the join as you go method from Lucy at Attic24. It’s a little tricky at first, but it was my first time ever using it too. After 4 or 5 joins I got the hang of it. Best of luck! Please share when you’re done 🙂


  5. I´ve spent hours for the pattern of these gorgeous Japanese flowers you made – in vain. I guess you´ve emailed the pattern to nearly everyone crocheting on this planet… could you also share it with me??? I´d like to give it to my friend´s little daughter – she´s fond of pink flowers…
    thanks so much ,
    Claudia ( )


  6. Any chance you still have strength in your emailing hand – I’d love a copy of the pattern as I’m hoping to make my sister one for Christmas (hopefully this year and not 3 years time as usually happens!) Thanking you in anticipation –
    x Cate


  7. hi lisa!i am from romania,my name is nadia ,and i’m a beginner with crochet and english language;your shawl is amazing.i am searched a pattern ,because i dream to make it,but i didn’t find
    so,if you want to help make my dream come true,please send me this pattern;many thanks


  8. I love your shawl andthe colors you used very beautiful…..I see everyone has asked for the pattern and I myself would love to give this a try if you have it in you to email the pattern one more time? If you don’t mind email it to
    Thank you 🙂


  9. Hi

    Swedens calling.. Like everyone else here. LOOOVE your shawl!.
    Can you please send me the pattern? have been looking like crazy ande every site I find has removed or just linking to the book, I cant buy the book here in stockholm. Can you please email me?



    1. Helloooooo Linda from Sweden! Sorry it took me so long to reply to you ~ I’ve been off wool-gathering and not been online for a few days. Thanks for the kind words and of course, I will be happy to send you the links and tutes! Happy hooking 🙂


  10. Hi there! Can I ask how much yarn you used for this shawl for each color (if you still remember 😉 )? And what size hook did you use?
    Thank you!


    1. Hi Georgie! I used an H hook, and I recall that I started with 3 skeins in each color of Vanna’s Choice yarn. I also recall that I ran out and had to go back to get more because those small skeins didn’t go as far as I thought they would. I *think* I picked up 2 more of each of the greys.


  11. Hello Yarnchick40! What a Beautiful piece of wok you have made for us to enjoy!! may I have the pattern for this as my favorite colors are grey,pink,black and white. I have made many afghans in those colors and get raves on them BUT this one is outstanding!!!!! could I PLEASE,PLEASE have the pattern for it??my email addy is you in advance!!.<3


  12. Good morning. Am trying to surprise my friend and her mom for something special and came across your beautiful post. If you are still willing to share the pattern, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

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  13. I too would like to find the pattern, as I have a yarn stash built from finds at a second hand store which would work perfect for this :0


    1. I’m sorry Janice, I no longer have the tutorial that I originally used. If you either google or pinterest search for Japanese flowers you will find many beautiful variations of the motif, and my arrangement of the motifs is above in the post. Thanks for visiting!


    1. I’m sorry Raylene, I no longer have the tutorial that I originally used. If you either google or pinterest search for Japanese flowers you will find many beautiful variations of the motif, and my arrangement of the motifs is above in the post. Thanks for visiting!


  14. I started a Japanese flower blanket years ago but put it down. I picked it up this week and can’t remember how I joined the flowers. Could you tell me how you did that. I am DCing the last row and while doing the 4th and 5th stitch I attach to the motif beside it. I just can’t get it right. Please explain or direct me to a tutorial. Thanks

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    1. Hi Tracy!
      You’re doing it right😊 Make your dc #4, then sc into the bordering motif, make dc #5 then sc into the next stitch on the bordering motif again, then keep going on the dc. I like to think of them as little side trips from the current round. They look kind of messy until you block the piece when it’s all done.
      Thanks for stopping by!


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