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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  1. juliejaz · April 17, 2011

    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?

    • yarnchic40 · April 17, 2011

      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. Sandra · April 17, 2011

    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. maryam · April 17, 2011

    this is by far the most beautiful Japanese flower scarf :-) love the color combo! can you please email me the pattern at pretty please? :-)

  4. donna howell · April 17, 2011

    Can you tell me where to find the pattern? I love it! My email is

    Thanks so much!

  5. Elizabeth Hildebrandt · April 17, 2011

    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!!

  6. Marlene Raghoobar · April 17, 2011

    This is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!! =) can you please email me the pattern too?

    • yarnchic40 · April 17, 2011

      Marlene my friend, you must leave me your email address, or send me an email to reply to :)

      • Marlene Raghoobar · April 17, 2011

        It’s Thanks for the quick response! =)

  7. Lynn Zemeckis · April 17, 2011

    I would love to get the pattern too. The shawl is beautiful with these colors together. Thank you very much…

  8. Debbie · April 17, 2011

    Your shawl came out beautiful, great job!!! I would love to make it into an afghan – would you send me the pattern? Myemail is , thank you so much!

  9. edug8r97 · April 17, 2011

    I too would love this pattern if it is available! I have scoured the internet looking for it or something similar to no avail. Email is

    Thanks so much!

  10. Karen · April 17, 2011

    This pattern is really beautiful. I have looked and looked but I haven’t had any luck. Is this pattern available? I would love this. My email address is

    Thank you.

  11. Traci · April 17, 2011

    Beautiful colors! If you don’t mind, please I would love this pattern also – have been searching the internet for a pattern. Email is

  12. Caro · April 17, 2011

    I see you are baing inundated…but….please please could you send a pattern to me..I also do not speak French or Japanese. Thanks in anticipation =)

  13. Gaylin · April 17, 2011

    Your shawl is GORGOUS! Very inspiring. Can I jump on the bandwagon and ask you send me a copy of the pattern? Thank You! :)

    • yarnchic40 · April 17, 2011

      Thanks for the kind words :)

      • Heidi Kuznetz · April 17, 2011

        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…

  14. Lana Hale · April 17, 2011

    Beautiful!!! Please email me the pattern too. Please

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  16. Nida · April 17, 2011

    Please if you are not already fed up can you please send me the pattern as well? my email is

  17. Coral · April 17, 2011

    I’m in love with the colors you picked! I admire your dedication, because it shows in the finished work. Would you possibly email the pattern to me please and thank you?!

  18. Janice · April 17, 2011

    It is delightful!! Would love to make my own. Please send the pattern – I’d be most grateful!! Thanks in advance!!

  19. Heidi Kuznetz · April 17, 2011

    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…….!!!!!!!

  20. dotb · April 17, 2011

    Gprgeous! Would like one, too, please, or where to find it…

    Again, super work!!! Love it!

    dotb in mo

  21. robin bredl · April 17, 2011

    So very beautiful! Would you please email me the pattern when you get a moment? Thank you

  22. Heidi Kuznetz · April 17, 2011

    okay,so I’m all set to make one,and I just have one more question-did you join as you go,or join afterwards,and if so what method did you use?
    thank you in advance for your patience and time!

    • yarnchic40 · April 17, 2011

      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 :)

  23. Selina · April 17, 2011

    Love this!!! It is so beautiful! Please send me the pattern :) I would love to make it into a throw for my couch!


  24. Claudia · April 17, 2011

    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 ( )

  25. Cate Reeves · April 17, 2011

    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

    • yarnchick40 · April 17, 2011

      You can do it :) Check your email ~ I’ll get more info to you shortly. Then get to hookin’ chick!

  26. Susan Johnson · April 17, 2011

    I have been searching for this pattern too! I have the yarn already but no pattern :-(( could you possible still send it out? to me? pretty please :-)) Thank you!!! I love the colors of your shawl!!

  27. Roxanne · April 17, 2011

    This is most beautiful, I have never seen anything lik it, could you please share? Many thanks!!

    • yarnchick40 · April 17, 2011

      On it’s way Roxanne :) thanks for visiting!

  28. Janet ingleton · April 17, 2011

    Love it!! Could you send me the pattern please Thanks from sunny London!!

  29. nadia · April 17, 2011

    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

    • yarnchick40 · April 17, 2011

      Hi Nadia! Thanks for stopping by to visit. Please check your email :)

  30. stitchedupmama · April 17, 2011

    Love this – you have right to brag about it! =D

  31. Desma · April 17, 2011

    Your shawl is absolutely gorgeous! Could you please email me a copy of the pattern to

    Thank you

  32. Shelly · April 17, 2011

    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 :)

  33. Linda · April 17, 2011


    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?


    • yarnchick40 · April 17, 2011

      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 :)

  34. rami · April 17, 2011

    Please can you send me the pattern of Japanese Flower? my e-mail =
    thank you

  35. rami · April 17, 2011

    sorry i made mistake in my e-mail id
    it is =

  36. Janne Kristin Karlsen · April 17, 2011

    Such a beautyful shawl! Could you send me the pattern aswell? Please??
    My email adress is:
    Wishing you a lovley weekend :-)

  37. Susan Vatanen · April 17, 2011

    Oh, please, oh please, can I have the pattern as well, please? Would be ever grateful for it!
    Have a wonderful day!
    My email is:

  38. za · April 17, 2011

    can i also ask for the pattern! please please please!!! *Puppey eyes* i really really love it. p
    my e-mail address is:

  39. Cyndi · April 17

    If there’s any chance you still have this pattern, I’d love to make it for my mom this year for her birthday!!! Thank you in advance!!

  40. Georgie · April 17

    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!

    • yarnchick40 · April 17

      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.

  41. Donna Jaskuloski · April 17

    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

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