Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Japanese Flower Garden Finished!


The Japanese Flower blanket is finished. J was kind enough to go outside with me and take some photos - I am so lucky he is cooperative. The flowers look much bigger when I hold the blanket up than when I photograph it on the ground.
It was a sunny hot day for the "photoshoot" and after holding it and drapping it around myself, I just loved it even more. 

Here it is on the garden chair set on my front porch...

Watercolor version of the photo...

 Very cozy to wrap around one's self. I was worried about the spaces in between each flower. I had a lengthy conversation about this with my Thursday crochet lunch group last week. Many crocheters were putting small flowery shapes in between but I just wasn't sold on the idea... plus I didn't have the time.

 Of course, I had to try it out on top of some chairs in my house...

After taking as many photos as I could, it was time to fold it up and ship it out.

I ended up with a total of 56 flowers, each flower was approximately 6 inches in diameter. I used twelve different colors of Lion's Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn . The following colors were used and the number of flower per color:
Olive - 4;  Dusty Purple - 7;  Antique Rose - 3;  Rose - 3;  Colonial Blue - 4; Dusty Green - 5;  Purple - 4;  Rust - 8;  Dusty Blue - 4;  Cranberry - 5;  Sapphire - 3;  Silver Blue - 6
The dimensions are 39 inches by 53 inches.

For my next one, I will stick with a general color pattern. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out which color petals to make next to make sure colors were not too close to each other. If I would have stuck with a general order, I would have saved a lot of time. So if you are going to make one with a variety of colors, I recommend sticking with an order.
xoxo Susan


  1. It's just wonderful. I like the white centers with all the brilliant colors around :')

  2. Oh, how I love this. I don't know about you but here on the gulf side it would have been perfect for the rainy morning here. Can't wait to see what you will be up to next.

  3. Thank you ladies. We had rain here also - I am in the Fort Myers area. I hope you have a lovely stay in the sunshine state Garden Bell.

  4. Oh boy what an achievement. It is VERY pretty, well done

  5. Hi Susan, I just discovered your blog :) The flower garden blanket is beautiful - I love your colour choices! And I noticed you're doing Solveig's Flowers in the snow blanket too. I'm making one at the moment as well, and call it my starburst blanket. Lovely pattern, isn't it?

  6. Beautiful! I just love the water color version! :-)

  7. WOW!..FABULOUS love it and love the watercolour version of the photo..great stuff
    Are you posting it on The Flower Bed?..for all to admire
    Hugs Suz x

  8. Hi, I just posted a comment on The Flower Bed. Love your blanket. You did a fantastic job. I live up in the palm Harbor/Clearwater area, so you are not alone in Florida crocheting flowers. Have a wonderful day,

  9. Hello!!! I just found your blog and love it! The Japanese flowers look super!!!!! Great job. I've been addicted to them too.....


  10. Hello Everyone,
    Thank you for all of your kind comments. I will pop by all of your blogs and check out what you are up to!