So most of you out there will not have heard of the Japanese flower motif, and there is absolutely no reason why you should have. Except that this crocheter has been amazed by the way word has spread in the hooky internet world in the last couple of months.
I saw my first Japanese flower courtesy of Lucy at Attic 24. She had been looking for some time for a suitable motif to make a shawl with – and being picky it was taking some time. Finally she came across two French blogs this one and this one from which she downloaded the (french) PDF file and then she blogged about it. Lucy’s blog is extremely popular and I and about a thousand other readers of Attic 24 also downloaded it – the pattern had gone viral.
It then occurred to the French woman who had put the PDF file up for download that maybe there might be a small copyright problem with doing that. Being that she had originally taken the pattern directly from a Japanese crochet book – Pattern Book Vol 4. She had the pattern on her blog for the last two years but hardly anyone had paid much attention to it so it all seemed ok – now every person and their hook was visiting and it all seemed to be getting out of hand – so she took it off.
But it was way to late, way, way ,way too late.
And now it is everywhere – like some weird weed that keeps popping up month after month. And what a beautiful weed..
One would have thought that now the only way to get the pattern would be to buy the original in the Japanese crochet book (expensive) or to know someone who had got in on time and downloaded the PDF, BUT the wonderful Elizabeth Cat stepped in and posted a tutorial on her blog – slightly different from the original but it looks pretty much the same.
Since then I have seen references to this motif on many blogs including Crochet with Raymond, one of my absolute favourite crochet blogs whose author hails from Wellington, New Zealand – my home town. Also I have found a Ravelry group who have been making this shawl for the last couple of years. If you are after inspiration check them out.
I am not going to comment on the copyright issue except to say that hopefully once all those thousands of crocheters get exposed to the incredible lovely crochet (and other craft books) that come out of Japan, support for the designers will go up hugely.
The motif was originally created by Mayuko Hashimoto （橋本 真由子） and pretty damned cool it is too.