Sunday 20 March 2011

Meet Victoria Frills!

Firstly, thank you all so very much for your lovely comments on my last post - you are all wonderful and I really mean that :)

I managed to put aside the Japanese Flowers for long enough to complete my new Victoria Frills Spring Scarf.  

It is a mid weight scarf, warm but not too heavy. 

The Pattern/Tutorial will follow in a few days and will not only be my first written down pattern after 25 years of crocheting but also the first in a series of 'crochet patterns for people that don't like patterns'  This aims to be a series where you don't have to be exact for most of the pattern so it doesn't matter if you aren't great at counting your stitches etc.

Now a progress update on my Japanese Flowers. I am still loving making these. 

I couldn't photograph them all this time as I now have about 80 flowers. 

I can't wait until I have 110 as I know then I should be half way through. I would have completed more but I ran out of yarn and have also had to put some work in on a baby ripple blanket that I am making for my brother and his other half as their baby is expected at the beginning of May and I don't want to get caught out :)

Also I had a go at making some crochet covered clothes hangers as I thought they would be a good thing to take along to the craft fair that I have signed myself up for in June this year (my first one!)

Wow - they were so quick and easy to make and look really really good when finished.  You can see my Cath Kidstonesque one here and I will have more to show you soon once I have made a few flowers to add to ones I've done already.

Quincy - one of my kitties had to check my crochet work to see if it was up to standard.

Lastly I have added a button for my blog (top right hand side or click here) and if you like it, please go ahead and add it to your blog :)


  1. Ooooo your crochet is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Gorgeous scarf....very unique and stylish x

  2. Those Japanese flowers look lovely and I'm seeing a lot of them on various blogs I visit. I'm trying so hard to resist making them as I have so many UFO's.....Oh and I love your cat...what an expression and the ears:)

  3. Rachael, love your scarf and your flowers! How will you connect the flowers when done? I'm doing the join as you go method.

    Hugs from Oregon, USA -- Teresa :-)

  4. Love the scarf! It's so Spring-y and cheery. The Japanese flowers are lovely. The color theme reminds me of a Monet painting. Can't wait to see the completed project.

  5. Oh wow love, love, love the scarf!!


  6. Die bloemen zijn schitterend!

  7. Your scarf is beautiful! I love the Japanese flower! What a great job to go for a blanket!

  8. Oh my that scarf is so pretty.
    I really love the Japanese flowers too.
    I love the way you use colour, you have a great eye for it.
    Quincy doesn't look overly fond of the crochet!!

  9. hi rachael,
    wow, i am completely blown away by your gorgeously beautifully brilliant crochet!! oh my goodness, you are amazing! love it all.



  10. Oh Rachael, your scarf is so beautiful and delightful! I love these flowers, you inspire me all the time!!! x

  11. That is so lovely! And I really want to try the japanese flowers, soon! Your cute cat Quincy is adorable :-) Have you seen the blog krafty kitties by the way? It's new, but it's a really good idea. Look here:

  12. Oh my, those are a lot of Japanese flowers. Very pretty!

  13. Wow! Your scarf is fantastic!
    Love the colours you have chosen for your japanese flowers, it's going to look so nice when it's finished.

  14. Wow, I love your scarf! It's very cheerful. Really really gorgeous.
    Have a nice day

  15. What lovely spring colours it's amazing

  16. Gorgeous scarf. I do love your Japanese flowers. I've been sooo good resisting the temptation as I have a couple of must do projects. So many people doing them and showing them off, not too sure how long I can resist ;)

  17. Love your scarf and your many, many flowers!!! Amazing!!

    Happy spring!

  18. Absolutely gorgeous crochet work. The scarf is so pretty! And I love the colors you have chosen for the Japanese flowers. I must give this a go. I've been crocheting off and on for about 25 years, but haven't picked it up quite as well as you obviously have. I still have a problem reading lengthy patterns. A good friend is due in May so I will likely do a granny stripe again. I haven't tried a ripple yet either. One day, along with crocheted covers for the hangers. Adorable! have a great week. Tammy

  19. I love the scarf and the coat hanger ~ just beautiful.

  20. What a cute scarf!!! I'd falled in love too with these japanese flowers, they really works with everything!
    Kisses from Spain

  21. I have passed on a blog award to you. Don't worry if you don't want to pass it on its quite alot of work.

  22. It is simply wonderful. Very, very beautiful. Wonderful colors.
    I loved scarf, beautiful.

  23. Hello Rachael...I found your blog from a visit to Maaike...your work is beautiful,
    Susan x

  24. Hi Rachael, the Japanese flowers are amazing, I am in love with that colorcombination... And the clothes hanger is adorable. How exciting you will be attending a craftfair, good luck!
    And your pincushion is on creJJtion, I l-o-v-e it. Thanks a million again.
    Have a lovely sunny day,
    hugs, Maaike

  25. Everything is beautiful! I esp love all the flowers. Your Japanese flower's colors are so yummy!

  26. Just discovered your blog through Maaike's. And I love your work. Your pincushions are just to lovely.

  27. oh my goodness, your crochet just gets more and more amazing! i am totally in awe and i mean that. the scarf is so beautiful, colourful and fun.
    your blog makes me smile and fills me with inspiration (i am in need of both right now).
    i have been wondering if you recieved the email i sent you. i have been having problems with my internet and email and some stuff hasn't been getting through, just thought i'd check.

    am so happy to visit your blog again, am off to look at some more posts now.

    warmest hugs xxx


  28. Oh my Oh my Oh my!!!!!! LOVE this, love your blog - your newest follower!!

  29. Okay. I am positively -in love- with EvErYtHiNg here!

    Colorful. Delightful. And oh, so inspiring!

  30. Such a FABULOUS array of crochet! LOVE IT!:-)

  31. This is one happy and gorgeously colored scarf!
    Have a happy weekend! xx

  32. Loving the scarf, so cool and trendy

    The coathanger cover is amazing, might have to try that one myself, would make a very ideal Xmas gift for family members who like something handmade.

    I really need to have a go at the flowers and make something, not enough hours in the day LOL

  33. You are such an amzing talent! I never get tired of drinking in your work - blog candy indeed xxx

  34. It might only just be turning spring but it is a full summer's day here on your blog! What a fabulous scarf. That will be so fun to wear. It would have been good here in Holland over the weekend. There was sun and you felt like you wanted spring clothes on but it is just a little too cold.

    Your Japanese flowers are so pretty all stacked up like that. Do you not attach them together as you make them? I wonder as that is what I have been doing although I get messed up sometimes on my blanket and have to attach a side here and there that I missed. I am plugging away and hoping that I am doing it all correctly.

    Hugs from Holland ~

  35. Hey,

    I have a question..I'm a follower of your blog, and my question is : do you have a pattern from the crochet thing on your button?
    Everytime I visit your blog,I live to see that....

    Greetings from Belgium


  36. May I ask you where you found the crochet pattern/ book for the Japanese Flowers. I am new at crocheting and would love to try and make some of these Japanese flowers. Thanks for the information. hugs judy

  37. Hello I love checking in your your blog it is pure inspiration.
    I am starting a craft group and I was wondering if you would mind if I used a photo of yours o the flyer we are sending out?
    Your colours and style would go perfectly.

    Many thanks Robyn

  38. Very cute blog! I love the colours of your Japanese Flowers.

  39. The scarf: compliments.
    BTW, love your blog and the crochet ;).


  40. Hi,
    your flowers are so wonderful!!
    Greetings from Germany/Bavaria

  41. Oh, I love your scarf! I wish I had that much talent!! Thanks for sharing, Dorothy

  42. Do you have a pattern for the flowers? I would love it!

  43. Do you have a pattern for those flowers? They are beautiful and I would love to know how to make them!

  44. Bonjour from Belgium,
    I am 63 ,and love crochet;
    I am discovering your blog,
    because of some of your pins on

    I would love to subscribe to your blog newsletter ,
    but do not know how.

    I love the colors and the imagination withinn your crochet realisations.
    Kind regards,



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