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Ta Da! Eastern Jewels Blanket

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One last push saw me finish the Eastern Jewels Blanket last night and, after giving the border a quick final steam block this afternoon, I can finally show it to you……so here it is!

It all started when this giveaway popped up in my Instagram feed.

I fell in love instantly and couldn’t wait to start so, instead of entering the giveaway, I got straight onto the internet to order a kit. Trouble was, they were so popular that the first three shops I tried had completely sold out. Eventually, I managed to buy one from Black Sheep Wools and, if I remember correctly, didn’t have to wait much more than twenty-four hours before the postman came a-knockin’ with a delivery.

The nice folk at Black Sheep Wool also included a handy project bag in which to lug the entire kit around.

The blanket breaks down into 16 octagons, 9 squares, 12 triangles and 4 corners.

I decided to go row-by-row, crocheting everything together as soon as I had the components of one row finished and blocked.

I can honestly say that I never once got bored with this blanket, as every single element was different. Whilst each of each shape consisted of the same pattern, the colourway to each one was unique.

The centre “wheel” part of the octagons: –

The “fans”: –

The best thing about this particular blanket is that it is very portable as you can take the working piece with you and leave the rest at home. Mine came to a few of The Boys’ football matches.

Here’s a row’s worth of components; I was very disciplined and weaved in all the ends as soon as I finished each piece. When I had crocheted all the bits for one row, I blocked them and crocheted them together as I went.

Initially it was because I was impatient to see results, but it also meant that the dreaded ‘finishing off’ was never a Thing.

Having started on October 6th, I had finished all the actual components by November 5th, just a month later…..but hadn’t managed to assemble the final row.

Then Christmas happened and all the associated last minute making and preparations, so I didn’t pick it up again until the weekend. Determined to finish it, I crocheted it all together and added the border, swapping out the final row of “mustard” for “fuchsia” which, I feel, frames the blanket better.

For those who would like to see the detail zoomed in, here’s a close up of the octagons…..

…..the squares…..

…..the larger triangles…..

…..and the corner triangles and border.

The whole is connected by double crochet (US single) on the reverse.

This is the back of the blanket, which doesn’t look too shabby either.

I initially photographed the blanket on the bed in one of the spare bedrooms as it provided a neutral backdrop.

Not like our lounge, which is a riot of colour and where the blanket will actually live and fits in perfectly – keeping my knees warm whilst sat on this sofa, feet up, working on one of my many WIPs.

Has anyone else been tempted by this blanket, or is it too “in your face” for the lasting trend for neutral interiors?

Author: sewchet

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78 thoughts on “Ta Da! Eastern Jewels Blanket

  1. Sheila, I’m so glad I ‘copied’ you and bought this kit. I’m only three and a half octagons in – due to being held up by a hurty thumb and wrist – but I’m loving this project. Like you, I am weaving those ends in as I go and, as soon as I get a row completed, I think I’ll join it up.
    I think we’ve already tempted Bekki over at Dartmoor Yarns and, now she’s seen your finished beauty, she might succumb.
    I got an email today with a new design from Janie Crow which is also very tempting and has tassels! – would could resist? I think it was called ‘Magic Circles’ but I’ll finish this one first as I’m trying to be disciplined.

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  2. It’s beautiful!!! 💕 💕 💕 I love the riot of colors and it looks great on your couch. Thinking I’ll have to add this to my to do this year.

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  3. What a beautiful blanket! I am afraid it is probably way beyond my crochet skills. Maybe some day I can get to making something this beautiful and involved. You did an awesome job and it looks lovely in both the neutral room and on the brighter couch. Love it!

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  4. Lovely work, Sheila!
    What a delightful thing to brighten up dark blustery days!

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  5. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I’m exceedingly tempted – but I’m not a terribly experienced crochet person. Is it as difficult as it looks?
    It looks fabulous on your sofa 😃

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    • Well if I’m making it Kim, it can’t be that difficult as I’m not that experienced a crocheter either. The octagons are fine and I’m hoping the ‘filling in’ bits and the ‘joining up’ bits will be too when I get that far.

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      • The octagons are the ‘hardest’ bits, but even they are easy enough when you break it down to row by row. The ‘filling in’ bits are simple – just standard granny trebles with the crosses thrown in to match the octagons.

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  6. This is a winning piece and looks great on the rose colored chair.

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  7. Gorgeous! Although I was pretty much already sold on it as you know.

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  8. Just beautiful!

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  9. Sheila, this is a thing of beauty. I love all those colors, and find it downright cheerful and uplifting just looking at it. This is the sort of thing I aspire to. I just taught myself basic crochet last year. This week I finished what I’m calling a baby blanket, a soft, chunky chenille. My stitches are far more even now, so I bought some more yarn on clearance to give it another go. I wonder how many more hours of practice I need to even attempt this? I agree, too, that the fuchsia makes a more vibrant frame. Your blanket is gorgeous!

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    • Thanks Alys – “Uplifting” is exactly how I feel about it and why I just had to buy the kit not even having a clue if my skills were at a high enough level! I needn’t have worried as it’s not at all difficult and looks far more impressive than the ability needed to tackle it:)

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  10. This is utterly stunning. I’d be tempted by making one myself apart from the fact that I alteady have too many big projects on the go at the same time (or one on the go and two others sitting stagnant!). Think I need to be a bit disciplined in what I take on when! But it’s a gorgeous one for me to bear in mind for the future

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  11. Wow! It’s beautiful, I just love the riot of colours 🙂

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  12. Just love the colours used, it really is lovely.

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  13. Lovely design. Since I finished Sophie just before Christmas I haven’t done much crochet, but this makes me hanker after a bit of hooking!

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  14. That is beautiful! I can not wait until I have that expertise level to create something this beautiful.

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  15. Yay it’s gorgeous and well done for finishing! I have the pack but just need time! As planning the Attic24 woodland CAL as well!

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    • I had to finish as I’ve just started a new blanket for a wedding present which couldn’t be more different – it’s all one colour! Hope I don’t get bored…

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  16. Wow! its wonderful!!

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  17. Sheila, I’m stunned by how beautiful this is and how quickly you got it finished – there must’ve been sparks flying off your hook! Just stunning 😍

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  18. Sheila, this blanket is amazing, I am speechless. The fucsia frame was again a great alteration, I just love the whole thing! I love it so much, that I’ve been tempted to try crocheting for the first time in my life! 😉

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    • Oh, you must! Much as I love knitting, you can do things with crochet that you simply can’t in knitting. This is pretty basic crochet, but can you imagine trying to knit something even remotely similar? No way!

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  19. Absolutely stunning! Am now in awe of you 😀

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  20. Ah that looks absolutely fabulous! Loving the pop of colour!

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  21. Oh my, oh my, OH oh oh. I could be contemplating this…
    FAB U LOUS. GORGEOUS. Yes I love it.

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  22. This is beautiful and your stitches are so neat. Great job! 😊

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  23. It is absolutely stunning, and you did it so quickly. I would probably need about a year. 🙂
    The colours are perfect, and I think each home needs a colourful and cheerful blanket to make sure it brings lots of colour and cheer and happiness with it.
    Well done. 🙂

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  24. This is glorious! I was really looking forward to seeing the finished blanket. I shall show it to my mother when I see her tomorrow, she will love it. I’m sure you make it sound more straightforward than it is!

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  25. Beautiful blanket love the colours ,I must start mine soon 🐶🕊🌸😀

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  26. What a stunning kaleidoscope of colors! I love that you chose the fuschia color for the border as well, it really sets it off. It really does look like a very fun kit!

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  27. Stunning! What a treasure!

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  28. Just beautiful Sheila 😍

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  29. Absolutely stunning!!!! The only thing that puts me off doing one is the weaving of all the ends. Was it as tiresome as I am imagining? Were you able to crochet some in as you went along? x

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    • I did them as soon as each piece was finished as there are so many colour changes. Some could be crocheted in as you go, but most needed weaving in with a needle. It would still be in my WIP pile if I’d left all the ends ‘til the end!

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  30. Your blanket looks beautiful, I hope mine turns out like that! Only just started but already thing of other colour ways to try after😃

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  31. oh wow, that is just incredibly gorgeous! I was tempted when I saw it on someone’s feed, but the shop was out of kits. Having seen it again, I NEED it. If Black Sheep have any stock, it’s mine!

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  32. Beautiful! I’ve just completed tile eight, however I never thought of doing it row by row. I got my kit from Minerva crafts.

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  33. It is stunning!! This blanket is my current project. I’ve never made something like it, just amigurumi dolls and a pillow, so I have no experience with blocking. How did you do that? By the way, I love how you swapped out the final row of mustard for fuchsia. Think I will steal that idea! 🙂

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  34. It’s gorgeous! I’ve just started it and am stuck on the fans….too confusing. I need a tutorial PLEASE help someone

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