Secret Garden comes to an end

Now the Secret is out…

“I am sure that you are all with me on saying a BIG Thank you to “The E Team”. Faye, Heather, Lesley and Moira have provided amazing support and I could not have done this without them. Thank you ladies.🍸🍸🍸🍸for all of you and your favourite waiters.” – Helen

It goes without saying that  I don’t think any of the team could have survived the CAL if it hadn’t been for the encouragement of dear ole Johnny and the support from the handsome Jason, who did try and join the group. Unfortunately we didn’t let him in because he hadn’t  bought the pattern.


As someone who asked many questions, thank you all for your patience….even if you are answering the same question for the 4,375,987 time 🙂. All of you (Helen included,) did a great job, many many thanks 🙂 – Moira






Do you feel like you may not be experienced enough to make the Secret Garden? Here are some words of encouragement from those who have finished.

The most used bit of advice

I’d only been crocheting a year when I started this. Explanations are step by step. Read it really carefully stitch by stitch and you’ll be fine. You’ll learn loads and have such a sense of satisfaction when done. I found it more fiddly than difficult, easy stitches just in peculiar combinations. Honest. Good luck and have fun xx – Holly

Steph Anne

Not difficult, very time consuming but the result is amazing! Read the pattern carefully, count every single stitch and don’t be afraid to ask for help! 14 weeks, a couple of headaches, a letter to the tail fairy, offerings to the tail goddess and a few voodoo dolls and voila…. this little piece of art is done!!! Thank you Helen Free for this beauty, it’s been an incredible journey!! Cannot wait for Space Odyssey! Helen Free…. it’s Fall yet!- Rosanna


You ‘can’ achieve it. I’ve been crocheting for less than a year and completed it. It’s amazing. Follow all the advice above and ask for help if you need it. Best of luck and enjoy the learning journey x – Anne


I’m officially finished. My one bee I’ve made looked horrible, so I’ve cheated. Good luck to everyone on this beautiful journey and best wishes to all those done. This was a wonderful project. – D’Juana


Finished. Thank you, Helen for a delightful ride. Now I have some beading commissions to do before my next CAL. – Sandy


Slowly, slowly my garden starts to blossom  😊 – Mary


Related Links

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1 Round-up 

Secret Garden CAL – Block 2

Secret Garden CAL – Feedback Time

Secret Garden supporting Lupus UK

Rainbow Valley is supporting Lupus UK
Rainbow Valley is supporting Lupus UK

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1


Mini Butterflies

Helen Free
Helen Free

Rainbow Valley Crochet released her first crochet-a-long on 16th January 2017, after a couple of month’s of excitement and pre-sales reaching over 400 crochet enthusiasts world wide. The Secret Garden blanket began last summer with just a conversation (all the best idea’s start this way) among friends and soon developed into the creation of garden blocks with as little sewing as possible. The excitement began when Helen shared the image below in a very large online crochet group, having no idea how much interest it would bring.

Rainbow Valley Crochet Secret Garden CAL
Rainbow Valley Crochet
Secret Garden CAL

Helen quickly set about getting a test team together so that the idea could develop further and with as few teething problems as possible. I joined the team with Heather and Lesley, and later on Moira. All of us testing the block patterns to ensure that they were correct and pin-pointing any potential problem area’s. This gave Helen the opportunity to create photo tutorials for each block.

During this time, interest continued to grow and we saw an increase of visitors to the Rainbow Valley Crochet Facebook page. Helen then decided to do a pre-release pattern sales and with the option of purchasing yarn packs via her website in order to gauge the level of interest.

On release day, Helen emailed more than 400 participants directing them toward the support group. WOW! None of us were expecting such a huge number. I couldn’t believe it, but I have been telling Helen for a long time that she is a yarn artist and very talented indeed. But you can be the judge of that.

Continue reading “Secret Garden CAL – Block 1”

Secret Garden FAQ’s

F.A.Q.’s ~ Please read carefully



The pattern is delivered digitally.

It will be emailed to you when each section is released starting on January 16th 2017.

You can choose to have it added to your Ravelry library by sending a message to Enfys on Ravelry containing your PayPal transaction ID.

As this is a digital product, there are no restrictions on who may buy it.

The Pattern is available in UK & US terms and is also available in German/Deutsch and Swedish/Svenska

Pattern Timetable
November 25th, 2016 – Pattern Notes available
January 16th, 2017 – Block 1
January 30th, 2017 – Block 2
February 13th, 2017 – Block 3
February 27th, 2017 – Block 4
March 13th, 2017 – Block 5
March 27th, 2017 – Block 6
April 10th, 2017 – Joining and border
April 24th, 2017 – Its a secret!

UK Yarn Packs

These yarn packs are for UK residents only. The price includes the yarn, pattern and postage.

They are shipped out weekly in batches and you should receive an email from the courier with tracking details.

The pattern is not sent with the yarn pack, it is delivered digitally as explained above.

To purchase click here

EU Yarn Packs

These yarn packs are for EU residents only. The price includes the yarn, pattern and postage.

These are shipped out as soon as I am able, usually by airmail. Delivery can take up to 2 weeks.

The pattern is not sent with the yarn pack, it is delivered digitally as explained above.

To purchase click here

Yarn Packs to the rest of the world.

My insurance does not cover me to send physical goods outside of the EU. This is why it is very important that you contact me and wait for an answer before purchasing a yarn pack if you live outside of the EU.

Important!  Please read carefully before placing an order Terms & Conditions are here

This page will be continually updated when new questions arise.

Tunisian Tuesday CAL 


Week 9 – Block 25


This weeks block is all Tunisian Simple Stitch with some colour changes. There is a slight problem in the instructions for this one so please read the instructions in the comments carefully.

If you follow the instructions exactly you will end up with “clean” colour changes as in the example on the right.
If you want your block to look like the one in the pattern, you will need to put your stitches on the hook and take them off in the new colour. This makes the colours look like they have run into each other.

Helen comments – I did a total of 20 rows and changed colours after the forward pass, not at the end of the row as stated in the pattern text.

Faye comments – My block ended on 20 rows and as Helen explained, I was changing colour at the end of the row as per the written text and directions given under the special instructions.

Don’t forget to read the rest of the post as there are hints/tips, photographs, group feedback and more.

Continue reading “Tunisian Tuesday CAL “

Crochet, Crotat, Aran and Rainbows

Rainbow Valley comes to Rochester, Kent

Rainbow Valley Crochet
Rainbow Valley Crochet

The last weekend of June see’s us welcoming back Helen Free of Rainbow Valley Crochet. Helen designs unique crochet patterns under the name of Enfys, which I believe is Welsh for rainbow (I’m sure Helen will correct me later if I got it wrong).

Helen was taught to crochet by her Dad but she didn’t really take it very seriously until she reached her 20’s, round about the same time she bought her home and needed something to occupy her evenings. Helen says that she has always been good at “making things up as she goes along” and soon found that she was getting requests for her patterns and was encouraged to start writing them down and selling them online. Helen has never looked back and continues to design a wide array of crochet patterns, some of which have been featured in Inside Crochet magazine.

read on…