The EASTERN JEWELS is finally LIVE !

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The EASTERN JEWELS is finally LIVE !


The September blanket is a bit of an unusual one…because I start making it 7 months ago…it took ages ( but I am going to tell you why) but I finally can share  it  with you and I never been so eager to write about a project as much as I have been for this  blanket.

So here is the story behind this latest collaboration between Jane Crowfoot, and myself.

I will start with a bold statement:


…and let me tell you I have crocheted quite a few of them!

It has been a real labor of love and,considering that it is not such a big blanket, it has also taken me ages to come up with the final color selection. I have been through several balls of yarn and I have a big basket of failed attempts sitting in my studio!!!!

Look at this “baby”…how lovely is she????



So grab a coffee or a tea, sit comfortably so I can tell you the story of the latest creation I have been working on, behind the scenes, for the past few months.

It all started back at the beginning of the year with another recoloring project: the Frida Primavera which I am sure many of you have seen it.

I enjoyed the challenge very much, I knew the blanket as I had taken part to the CAL that Jane ran for Stylecraft the previous year.

And, I am taking the opportunity to say that I am so happy that the new colorway was well received by many of you, thank you again for all your lovely messages!!.

On that wave, Annabelle from Stylecraft and Jane asked me, back in March, if I would consider doing the same for the Persian Tiles.

and by now you know me so I said …


I knew the original pattern as I had bought a copy from Jane when it got released but I never got around making it…

Hence I got quite excited about the prospect of working on something new. The Persian tiles was another chance to unplug, look away from the screens and my day job, let the liminal brain take over and unleash creativity.

Doing that for an already existing pattern is an added bonus as I feel like it is a bit like coloring between the lines, in a way, quite a safe exercise,  as all I have to do is focus on the colors which are my favorite part of the process.

Where did I start from?

I always start, like I do for all my blankets, by making a sample of the motif with some random yarn as long as it is the same composition and gauge. It might seem a waste of time but it is the opposite.   Making a sample helps you to familiarise yourself with the pattern. It helps you to solve some possible “tricky” parts and it gives you an idea of tension and size of the final motive. It also allows you to see if you need to adjust or not the size of your hook and finally it is a record of your work to keep as future reference, especially if you are making the blanket for someone else.

this is a picture of one of the ‘trial’ motifs I made as said, it is random yarn to start with….


Once I got the motif right then is when the fun starts as it is COLOUR TIME!

So this is the original Persian Tiles. The picture is from Michelle and Anne’s page    Michelle and Anne are also  Blogstars for Stylecraft, they are amazing and you should check their page! I believe this blanket was made by Michelle

what catches your eye first?

For me was the geometry of the pattern and how the original colors emphasized this aspect, so my first thought was that in order to make something that looked different and was a real alternative to the original, I needed to do something more than merely changing the original seven colors. I needed to come up with a different way to use colors and keep the geometry but in a more relax and loose manner. I show you what I mean with an example of actual tiles…

Here you have a collage of different way to use the colors in tiles that are very similar in style and all retain the same strong geometry feel. As you can see just changing how the colors are used it changes quite dramatically the overall look.

Using the tiles above as a reference, I thought that Jane’s original color selection was similar to square N.1.  What caught my attention was square N.3

I liked how the geometry aspect was a bit diluted by the apparent randomness of the colors.

So let’s have a close-up look at the Eastern jewels…

Can you see where I am coming from?  By not repeating the same sequence of colors for each motif it makes the blanket looks more ‘random’. In reality, it is not random at all, Every single color and its position have been chosen.

I used just 12 colors to start with including the buttermilk which is my “neutral”.

The buttermilk is actually the most important hue in all blanket. I was so pleased when Annabelle at Stylecraft accepted my proposal and introduced this new color in their range! I was so determined to convince her that it was a must! now you can see why…




these are the “neutrals” on the Stylecraft range…so you have:

white, cream, parchment, and buttermilk.

I apologize as the white is not in the picture but ..I run out of it!

Said that it doesn’t really matter because what I want to show you is not the actual hue but how they work with the other colors.

So now look how these neutrals behave in blankets….











and finally the BUTTERMILK:


you will agree with me that if we are looking at:


just ONE round of white in a very bright blanket still makes a huge impact.


even if the percentage of the use of cream is much higher than in picture 1  it is still predominant but not as stark.:


there is a LOT of parchment…but it blends more with the colors and the impact is quite subdued.

finally PICTURE 4:


in the Eastern the buttermilk it is completely blended and helps the other colors to keep the geometry!

I know it might sound a bit too technical and boring but I want to give you the tools to see how colors behave so you can make your own combinations.

Another bit of theory and then I promise  I stop..

the blanket uses as I said 12 colors. I needed to keep the number of colors down to keep the cost of the blanket ‘s kit down and also to avoid to have a lot of left-overs.


To create the illusion of LOADS of colors EVERY motif has a DIFFERENT colors combination, BUT even if there are 12 colors and 14 rounds on each of the hexagons, I  used just an average of 7/8 colors for each Hexagon. The result is that each hexagon has a color which is more predominant and that is what creates the effect you see. Ironically if I had used all 12 hues for each hexagon  ( considering that there are 14 rounds you could, in theory, use all the hues for each motif) I would have a much more uniform looking blanket than what you see.

how did I decide what colors to use and when? very, very simple:

I wanted a “HAPPY” blanket, and I started by selecting colors that I identify with that. Colors that remind me of the past, of happy holidays, beautiful landscapes, the Mediterranean sea, but also the colors of food, spices, and even, why not, …smells.

As an example of colors reference how about this picture of the Cinque Terre,  five small villages on the Ligurian Coast of Italy called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore…beautiful places so worth a visit if you are touring Italy.

Someone once asked me what computer program I use to choose and select the position of my colors…I actually laughed!!!  because if you knew me in person you would know that my relationship with technology certainly is one of “LOVE-HATE”!

I love computers as they allow me to communicate with you, but at the same time, every single task doesn’t seem to come ‘naturally ‘ to me. I always struggle and forget the sequence of steps  I have to take even in simple tasks as transforming an HR picture in a more manageable format so not to take all my allowance of data for the blog…so the idea of me mastering complex technologies and using some amazing gizmo of a color program is totally ludicrous!!

I use a large table crammed with pencils,  balls of yarn, color swatches,  and most of all my eyes…that is all there is to. No magic formulas in operation here!

Same goes to balance the blanket and choose the next round.

I always make one round at a time for each of the main motifs then I place them on the floor, the best place is outside if its not raining… as I get a real feel for the colors in natural light.   Here is a  couple of pictures of the blanket starting taking shape.


I wanted to share the creative process with you because it gives you an idea what takes making a blanket .. and that is just one part of it.

After the blanket is done, then the long and a bit tedious, process to record and translate my scribbles on my copybook into something that can be used starts…

I have to say I am not a fan of this particular stage of “blanket making” because you got to be precise and make sure that everything is correct and make sense, and I find all the above quite boring! I like playing with colors and making things..I do not like papers!  but at the end of the day that is of no use if it is not shareable…after all it is like a cooking recipe: you cant say ‘Oh there is a bit of this and a pinch of that..’ if you want someone else to make it!

That is all there is about it, my dear fellow crocheters!!

I want to thank Jane once again for letting me play with her patterns, and Annabelle plus all her team at Stylecraft for their hospitality and making me feel part of the team, for checking and re-checking my notes …. for   the  copious amounts of yarn they send me on a regular basis and the platform they have offered me to share my work with all of you out there!

I leave you with a couple of pictures I took in July at Stylecraft’s HQ…


and… I know the Model on the billboard looks much better than me holding the blanket… but please indulge me a little. lol!!.. after all I do love the Eastern very much and

I hope you will love it too!


thank you for reading

love lucia xx


  1. Karolyn

    September 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Wow – its just beautiful!! I love all your colors

    1. Janet Becker

      September 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      What a beautiful article. I enjoy reading it so much. Love your colour combinations.

  2. Trish Annie Stevens

    September 18, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Bravo! This is absolutely stunning, Lucia!

    1. Roberta Lockaby

      September 7, 2020 at 7:11 pm

      I have just come across this blanket in a Facebook post. I love it and would like to make one. Are the kits still available? If not, is your color chart available?

      1. admin

        September 21, 2020 at 1:42 pm

        the chart only is available on my raverly

  3. Gillian

    September 18, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Wow I love it, I’ve started doing the original colour way but guess what I’m starting again I love your idea, I was getting bored doing them all the same colours, so cusion cover s they will now be a d I will be starting again thankyou, for your brilliant idea now I need more style craft colours x

  4. Karen

    September 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Beautiful! Thankyou for sharing your hard work xxx

  5. Jen Tyler

    September 18, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Beautiful, exquisite, breathtaking are words that come to mind, Lucia! You are a genius! I am learning from you, so much. Well done, you remarkable woman, you!!! You should be extremely proud. XXX

  6. Audry Lotter

    September 18, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Hi. Is this pattern available?

  7. Shelagh Garside

    September 18, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    It’s absolutely stunning! It’s hard to believe there’s only a dozen colours in it; it has so much variety.

  8. Shirley

    September 18, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Beautiful…an artist with the gift

  9. Betsy

    September 18, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks for interesting look at how designers work.
    Whet kind of yarn was used in afghan with Parchment background?

    1. admin

      September 19, 2017 at 3:17 am

      Hi Betsy, it is a combination of Stylecraft’s SPECIAL DK( 100% premium acrylic) and BATIK (20% Wool,80% premium acrylic)

    2. admin

      December 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      stylecraft special dk and batik

  10. Good to Go Knits

    September 18, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous – you can rightly be immensely proud of it – I am encouraged to find this pattern for myself after seeing yours!

  11. Julia Pace

    September 18, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Beautiful work. I didn’t see a place to get on your email list. Is this possible?

  12. Samantha

    September 18, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Wow it’s just beautiful. I had seen it a while ago as it was leaked on instagram and I was desperate to get hold of the pattern. I’m a little disappointed it’s only going to be available in a kit as I prefer cotton yarns but maybe this will encourage me to try something new. Love it’s beautiful xx

  13. Barbara

    September 19, 2017 at 12:07 am

    You are a genius.

  14. Susan B

    September 19, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Kudos to you, Lucia, it’s lovely and so are you. thank you for sharing your process in making this amazing blanket.

  15. Suzi Berryhill

    September 19, 2017 at 4:14 am

    This is just beautiful….Is there a link to purchase the kit….I have a birthday coming up and I know what I want…..This Kit….

    1. admin

      September 19, 2017 at 7:53 am

      hi Suzi, yes the kit will be available from all Stylecraft stocklists from the 25 of September. lucia xx

    2. Leona McNutt

      December 24, 2017 at 12:53 am

      Today is my birthday, 12/23, and I would also like this kit., it is so beautiful!!

  16. Carolyn Proudfoot

    September 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Happily, my local Stylecraft stockist will be enquiring today about stocking the packs, so I can look forward to starting very soon. Can’t wait! Thank you, Julia, for helping to inspire us.

  17. Janet Leng

    September 19, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Lucia, thats just beautiful and I cant wait to make it. I loved your description of the colour theory and how you workd on the colour combinations and placement. . Also liked to see how you use the Mediterranean land/village/seascape as colour reference. Thank you for going into so much detail of the design process.
    Best wishes

  18. socango

    September 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I love it! And I want to make one just like it.

  19. Robyn Carlson

    September 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    This is a stunning blanket, love, love, love. Thank you for sharing your creative process with us. It is truly inspiring to see how a project grows from an idea. I hope to be able to make this beautiful blanket.

  20. Wilma

    September 19, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Fabulous – I can’t wait to make one. Even my kids love it 🙂 Thank you!

  21. Ursula

    September 20, 2017 at 7:00 am

    This is just beautiful. I saw the blanket at a wholesaler’s show while visiting my DIL in The Netherlands. I am so sad that it will only be sold as a kit as I live in South Africa. Thank you for the details on colour that will be kept for future projects. xxx

  22. Lorilu

    September 20, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Absolutely stunning…..and the most beautiful blanket I’ve ever seen. Your work is incredible 🙂

  23. Ronni

    September 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    This is truly a beautiful work of art! Thank you so much for sharing your blanket and your process.

  24. Sheila Zachariae

    September 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Your work is stunning! Thank you for the very informative post as well. I’ve hooked Frida blankets in 4 different color combos and 12 using blocks 1 and 2 only for baby blankets. Your explanation on how to go about it was spot on!
    I look forward to other redo’s from you!
    Sheila Zachariae

  25. Norma Stannard

    September 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Absolutely beautiful I have made the original and won prizes with it I will certainly be making this colourway. Thank you for sharing your process of designing colourways very, very interesting. Look forward to seeing more of your work.
    Kind regards

  26. Jenn

    September 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    It is beyond stunning!! Quite possibly one of the most beautiful blankets I’ve seen, and I grew up with a master crocheter in the family. Complete work of art.

  27. janice

    September 21, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I am such a fan of your work. I love your explanation of the neutrals!! You really did a remarkable job on the Frieda and now the Eastern, Both are stunning designs but there is something about the colors you picked that make this design sing to me! I guess it is “happy” colors. Thank you for sharing.

  28. Marja Hoefs

    September 22, 2017 at 9:57 am

    And those colors!
    How many yarn did you use in total?

    1. admin

      September 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      Hi Marja, there are 12 different colors. 😀

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  30. Celia

    September 23, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Wow! This inspires me to crochet again. Thank you so much for sharing!

  31. janet

    September 23, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    What such beautiful colours you are very talented i love all your crochet work and the colours you choose

  32. Vivian

    September 24, 2017 at 3:47 am

    This is outstanding. Your concentration on locating just the right combinations of colors is very obvious. I’d love to make this because so many of the traditional pieces have such dark colors used. I like bright.

  33. Lucija

    September 24, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Just wow! My dear mother just taught me to crochet the day before yesterday with yarn shades inspired by my now-home of Split, Croatia. Now you’ve inspired me to capture the colors of my other adopted home, Sarajevo. This work is stunning and innovative!

  34. Laura Whittington

    September 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. Your colours are amazing and your work is stunning.

  35. Julieanne

    September 25, 2017 at 2:43 am

    this is the first time I’ve utterly needed to make a blanket. The fact that no two are the same really inspires me. i am terrible at doing something over and over again. I love looking at them but not doing them. I ADORE what you have done. thank you, and thank you for sharing your process. where do i sign up for the cal?

  36. Vicki

    September 25, 2017 at 10:46 am

    So beautiful, your colours are amazing! I already have a kit to make persian tiles in the blues but perhaps I will be able to make one in your colours one day. Could you tell me, in your photo from Stylecraft HQ, do you know the origin / pattern of the star blanket on the LHS as I love that too.

    1. admin

      September 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Vicki, those are all blankets I made, the one on the LHS is made all out of batik the pattern is from a book called “crocheted gifts the author is Kim Werker. I have the book at home, but if you don’t I would suggest you have a look on Pinterest, there are quite a few squares with a central star available. put star granny square on the search engine and see what they site comes up with. failing that you can have a look at the book’s option.

  37. Jan.

    September 25, 2017 at 11:58 am

    what a beautiful creation. so pleased to have stumbled across your site, I know I will visit often.
    Thank you.xx

  38. Louise Wh

    September 27, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I love this! My pack arrived this morning and I can’t wait to get started. The colours are so nice. I love to crochet but struggle with colours so this is perfect. Such a happy blanket!
    Thank you Lucia.

  39. Liz Elsworh

    September 28, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog post Lucia, (I just found you via IG), gorgeous colours in the blanket. I made the Persian Tiles in the dark blue and gifted to my sister who was delighted with it. I may have to make this colour way for me! I loved the colour theory explanations about the neutrals too, I apply this theory to my artwork, you explained it so well for crochet projects. Really looking forward to exploring your blog posts, loving your work, you are so talented! The pictures of the tiles you included are beautiful too, just love the patterns and colours , they give me lots of inspiration too.

  40. Ria Swanepoel

    September 28, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    It is so beautiful, would love to make the blanket. I am from South Africa. Is it possible to just buy a downloadable pattern?

    1. admin

      September 28, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Ria, I am sorry but the new color brochure comes just as part of the pack. I do believe there are some stocklists of Stylecraft in Southafrica.

  41. Tsivi

    September 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I love your choice of colours very much. Currently I am crocheting Jane’s Persian Tiles. But you inspired me to try my own choice of colours, after I finish it.
    Thank you. Looking forward to your next project.

  42. G-gurl

    September 29, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Thank you for sharing your creative process. I have to say as soon as I saw your version it ‘spoke’ to me and I just had to indulge! I bought the original pattern some time ago but never got round to starting it but your colours gave me the push to start. I’ve started it last night and am thoroughly enjoying it! I have recorded my progress on ravelry. Thanks again for a wonderful adaptation to this stunning pattern 🙂

  43. Tracey

    September 29, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Wow, it’s stunning! 🙂

  44. Ondrea

    September 30, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Oh my! What an absolutely gorgeous array of colours!! I was tempted to try crocheting the original colourways but I am so glad I procrastinated. I definately wish to purchase this kit now but I am a little wary about the expertise required. I have made 2 CAL blankets from kits as a novice crocheter but wonder if I would be able to master this beautiful blanket. Can you advise me??? I can do basic stitches. Cheers from Australia.

    1. admin

      October 4, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      You definitely will. The instructions on the original pattern are very comprehensive and clear. And all you have to do is to follow the original pattern using the colours that I listed ,round by round, in my brochure. There aren’t fancy stitches just a couple of front posts but there are photos to help you. The rest is just the basic double crochet , trebles, half trebles and double trebles. All the best, lucia xxx

  45. My

    September 30, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    So beautiful!!! The colours are fantastic, the pattern looks intriguing and delicate – the end result is a happy shout of art in a soft and useful form! 🙂

  46. Francesca

    September 30, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    ciao lucia, ti scrivo in italiano, perche’ ovviamente non avrai problemi a leggermi, vorrei chiederti se acquistando lo schema originale, che mi piace moltissimo, si ha la possibilita’ anche di avere le istruzioni per poter realizzare questa tua variante che mi ha colpito l’occhio da farmi rimanere incollata al tuo blog, o se queste istruzioni si acquistano a parte. ti ringrazio moltissimo se potrai rispondermi.

    1. admin

      October 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Ciao Francesca, le istruzioni per la mia variante sono solamente disponibili come parte del kit con il filato. Nel kit ci troverai la versione originale, l’allegato con le indicazioni dove e come posizionare i nuovi colori che ho disegnato io ed inoltre il filato necessario per completare la coperta. Non credo che ci siano distributori della stylecraft in Italia ma alcune ditte britanniche come per esempio la woolwarehouse, fanno spedizioni all’estero. Magari da un occhiata e vedi cosa ti sembra. Il prezzo credo che sia 29 sterline o giù di lì , per il trasporto non sono sicura. Ricorda che naturalmente le istruzioni sono in inglese. Ci sono delle foto nello schema originale ma non ci sono diagrammi quindi devi avere una minima conoscenza del l’inglese per poter seguire le istruzioni. Saluti, lucia

  47. Marja Hoefs

    September 30, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Hello Lucia,
    Your colours are beautiful! They make me happy. And your explanation is very clear! Only one thing……you talk about hexagons in your blog but it are octagons.

  48. janet

    October 3, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Please can you tell me what stitches are used before i buy it i really want to do it

    1. admin

      October 4, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Janet, nothing of very complicated at all. You have double crochet, trebles,half trebles, double trebles and the only thing there are some front double trebles , but the instructions have some photos so you can see the stitches . Jane’s instructions are always excellent . So if you can master the above you can do the blanket. Also remember all the instructions are in Uk terms.

  49. Hélène HUET

    October 4, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Hello, where then I to find the plan of the big square,please
    thank you

    1. admin

      October 4, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      All the instructions come with the kit that you can buy from all stylecraft ‘s stocklist some of which do international shipping too. Please check the Stylecraft webpage for the list of stocklists.

  50. Kathy Yurek

    October 5, 2017 at 5:29 am

    This is by far, one if the most breathtaking blankets I’ve ever seen!!! And thank you so much for sharing your thought process, because it never would have occurred to me to change a pattern the way you have. Amazing!!

  51. Kate

    October 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I have just received my kit! Its so beautiful, and the instructions are very clear. Thank you so much – I hope my crochet skills are good enough to do it justice. I can’t wait to get started.

  52. Hanne

    October 11, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Dear Lucia, what an AMAZING piece of art… you have touched my heart (and my daughters’). I would love to make one myself. But I have close to no crochetting experience. So this might be a bit ambitious :-). Then again, it is always good to have some interesting items on one’s bucket list, right? So my question to you: what should I do in order to be able to learn myself how to make this blanket – someday…? Do you have any starters projects for me to exercise some skills or techniques first? Can you recommend some good tutorials or books? Thanks a lot, Hanne (from Belgium – excuses the language errors)

    1. admin

      October 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Hanne, well you have a few alternatives…If you have a shop or someone close by that does crochet lessons I would start joining a beginners class. It is great fun starting crocheting with others. otherwise, if classes are not an option, I think I would opt for some youtube videos. there are many out there that can take you over the basic steps to start crocheting.
      As a project, I think you might want to start with a basic granny square and see how you are getting on with that.That should give you the basic stitches like chain, single-crochet double crochet etc.
      The eastern jewels doesn’t have complicated stitches ( besides a couple of front post trebles) the instructions written by Jane are extremely good but it requires a minimum of knowledge.
      So start with something simple as a granny square or a V stitch blanket or a granny stitch blanket. You can see all the above in a couple of Blogs. I think the best blogs for beginners are my friends Lucy and Heather.
      Lucy’s attic24 . has beautiful basic blankets with lovely colours combinations and great tutorials really easy to follow. and Heather’s at Patchwork heart has similar projects again great tutorials. I also would advise you to get some lovely acrylic in DK to start with ( even a small pack ). because you are in Belgium I am not so sure what is available in terms of yarns but if you follow the links on Lucy’s page the wool warehouse does some lovely packs with her colours that are very reasonably priced and they do international shipping. . also invest some money on a quality hook , it makes a huge difference , trust me.I love clover amours a size 4 is perfect for a dk yarn.
      hope it helps as a starting point, let me know how you are getting on,
      take care Lucia xxx

  53. Hanne Van Houtte

    October 11, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Thx so much for all the info, I ll keep you posted as far as the Eastern Jewels dream-project is concerned :-). All the best, Hanne

  54. Angie H-R

    October 12, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    I purchased the tile pattern earlier this year at Wonder Wool in Wales, although I liked the pattern design itself, unfortunately the original colours did not gel with me, so it has been left untouched and unloved. I have now found your new interpretation of the Persian Tile pattern and it has really made me want to get my hooks into the colours you have used or find the kit if still available.
    What a difference colours make to any project and I’m so glad that you have such a good eye

  55. Meredithe

    October 17, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Absolutely stunning!! Congratulations

  56. mali

    October 18, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    this is amazing! How do I order the kit?

    1. admin

      October 18, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      You can get it from any of the Stylecraft stocklists check their website they got a list of British and international. Some of the British do also online sales . This is the link:

  57. Doma Tamang

    October 20, 2017 at 10:40 am

    wow, your work is Suberb Lucia. I love the color combinations. I am a knitter too sometimes crochet, Made few blankets but your work impressed me. Keep up the good work 🙂

  58. Linne

    October 20, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Stunning colour choices! This is a gorgeous blanket. Like you, I love colour and I prefer to just ‘wing it’. Writing up patterns is not my favourite thing, either, but I’m practising. Thanks for sharing your process as to choosing colours. Your explanation was clear and helpful.
    ~ Linne

  59. hanna

    November 24, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I just bought this kit and cannot wait for it to come and to make it up. I love your colour combination so much! Thank you for being awesome!

  60. Rosie

    November 26, 2017 at 12:40 am

    *Please excuse swearing*
    Holy fuck this is incredible and I am in awe!! I stumbled across your blankets on another site and they’re so beautiful and more so now that I know the backstory. The detail is astonishing and so are you, just…wow, I gasped when I saw it!
    I don’t know what else to say I’m speechless and now I want to learn how to crochet

  61. Hannah

    November 28, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I’d love to buy this pattern, but I followed your links above and it says it’s no longer available. Can you help?! Thanks

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  63. Sharon

    November 29, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Dear Lucia,
    I would be very interested to make this version in cotton – would you have any thoughts? Or recommendations?
    Many thanks

  64. Nancy

    December 7, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    FANTASTIC! Thank you for explaining your methodology and the lesson on color value. I’m always startled when I see an identical design bordered by black, then white. It changes the impact of the colors so dramatically. Similarly, as you demonstrate, the effect of several values of what I’ll call white creates very different designs. White and black are harsh – stringent when compared to creams and grays. This concept applies to everything – traditional art as well as handcrafts like knitting, crocheting and quilting. Many, many thanks for sharing.

  65. Sarah

    January 1, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Will you please make it available as a pack? What a gift it would make xx

    1. admin

      January 12, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      It is available as a pack.
      Most Stylecraft’s retailers should have it in stock.
      I would recommend Poppy’s, they have a great online service!

  66. Angela H-R

    January 12, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I had purchased the original Persian Tiles pattern from a yarn show, but the colours unfortunately left me cold and uninspired. Then somehow I found your blog and the I saw the Eastern Jewels colourway and I ordered the kit that evening. I finished my blanket before Christmas and it’s stunning and a lovely make. Thank you.

  67. Belinda Sweeney

    January 18, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Absolutely totally beautiful Lucia your colourselection is just the most exquisite I have ever seen. The colour selection is just so happy, you have brightened what had been a miserable day. Thank you

  68. Astrid

    January 21, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Thanks Lucia, this is beautiful, and I found your description and photos wonderful. I made the original blanket and I love that, but I can’t wait to try these colours too and have bought the pack. I was wondering is there a pattern somewhere for the ripple blanket you used to illustrate the use of white as a neutral? Looking forward to seeing more of your work in future.

    1. admin

      January 22, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Hi Astrid,
      the ripple blanket pattern is inspired by one of Lucy’s @Attic24 blankets, I paste the link here I choose the colours from a pillow my sister-in-law , Siobhan ,brought back from holiday I will post something on my facebook once I found the original pictures
      lucia xx

  69. Tgrove

    January 27, 2018 at 3:28 am

    What an unusual and stunning blanket! I just love all the colors you’ve chosen!

  70. Catherine

    January 30, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Is there any chance this will become available as a downloadable pattern? I live in the US so that would be helpful. Also, the pack has been sold out online for a while (when I have checked). Is there a secret I need to know to buy it? 🙂

    1. admin

      January 31, 2018 at 7:21 am

      Hi Catherine,
      The colourways of the Eastern Jewel is just available as part of the pack. that is how Stylecraft has decided to promote it. I just designed the colourways and crochet the blanket, I am not involved in how it is offered to the public, but there are packs in stock at Poppy’s and they do deliver to the US, I know Helen and Pete personally, they are a very reputable company and I highly recommend them.
      lucia xx

  71. Elaine

    February 4, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Absolutely beautiful work, and I love your stories. I would love to buy some of your patterns if that is possible. Thanks for the beautiful work!

    1. admin

      February 4, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you Elaine! That is what I m working on at the moment! Please subscribe to the blog and I will put up some patterns and colorway in the next couple of weeks !!!
      Lucia xx

  72. Mitzi Galus

    February 16, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Lucia, this is so beautiful. I’m going to do this pattern with the Woodland color pack from Lucy at Attic24. So excited to start. Thanks for sharing.

  73. Shirley Shore

    February 17, 2018 at 12:38 am

    This is an absolutely gorgeous blanket! I love it.! You are very talented at combining colourways. I would love to make a blanket like this and to know if their is a pattern available? I think I will subscribe to your blog. I don’t want to miss what you might do next!

  74. Karen Gruber

    February 18, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful article. The pictures of the tiles you shared are very enlightening, and how you took what you learned from looking at the tiles and found a “path” to your color selection was pretty inspiring for a fellow yarn “addict” to see, step by step. This is something I always spend a lot of time on, but aren’t always happy with the results. No wonder you love color! When I saw the picture of the villages, I though at first it was a painting! Thank you again, so much for sharing what you know!

  75. Karen Donaldson Gruber

    February 18, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    ….and by the way, thank you for the beautiful visual image of you, your village and your lovely ladies under the fig tree, and allowing me to sit there with you for a few minutes! I’ve never been to Italy but I hope to go some day.


    February 24, 2018 at 8:48 am


    1. admin

      April 7, 2018 at 7:29 am

      hahahh Of course you will!!!

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  79. Tawana

    March 14, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Oh, I want to make this so very much! It is breathtakingly beautiful! Will it be sold again? Everywhere I’ve looked is sold out. You must have a beautiful spirit to be able to bring such beauty into existence. Thank you.
    Tawana G. [Illinois, USA]

    1. admin

      April 7, 2018 at 7:35 am

      it seems to be soldout everywhere but Poppy’s might get some more stock. you can leave yor email here and they will get in touch when is back available
      lucia xx

  80. Lucy Ruckley

    March 20, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Lucia,
    I adore your work! The Eastern Jewels blanket is just glorious and I’m dying to make it. I’m an Australian crocheted who is trying, without success to get her hands on a kit. I have a copy of the Persian Tiles pattern already but notice that in the original the motifs are joined all in navy, using dc join-as-you-go technique. As the last few of all your motifs are different colours, I’m guessing you used another method. Could you please share it with me? I’m quite happy to work out the colour scheme using the photos and purchase the yarn separately. Thanks, Lucy in Australia.

    1. admin

      April 7, 2018 at 7:26 am

      Hi Lucy, my version is done in the same way as the original but you join in Buttermilk and not with the navy.

  81. Myra Getzel

    March 21, 2018 at 5:22 am

    Dear Lucia,
    How do I obtain a copy of your pattern for the crocheted Eastern tiles afghan. It is so pretty. I would like to try and make it someday. When I get my other projects caught up. Please e-mail me direct. Like you I am mot so computer adept. I can at least get my e-mails tho.
    Thank You,
    Myra Getzel


    March 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I’m so glad that I discovered your blog and this story in particular. I’m a new “hooker” and instantly fell in love with this because of the colors. Now I’m happy that I know the inside story. When I finally make it, I will remember our visit to Cinque Terre about 10 years ago.

  83. Sharon

    April 2, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Could you please give me a link as to where I could purchase this lit online. I am in Pennsylvania, but will pay international shipping.
    Thank you!

  84. Sarah

    April 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Lucia, I am head over heels in love with this! I so badly want to buy the pattern or kit but the kit is out of stock everywhere and I can’t seem to find the pattern+Eastern Jewels Brochure to buy alone ANYWHERE. Are you able to tell me if the kit will be back in stock eventually, or where I can acquire the pattern alone and buy the yarn separately? I cannot express in words how much I want to make this gorgeous afghan!

    1. admin

      April 18, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      I know, it has been so popular! ( sometimes I can’t believe myself….) as said before I am not involved with any of the distribution of either the pattern or the kits because I designed the new colourway for Stylecraft and Janie Crow. they own the copyrights of the blanket and they also decide how the kit has been distributed. I do know that if it will come back available Poppy’s of Holmfirth will stock it. so my best advice would be for you to send an email to Peter and Helen at Poppy’s and as soon as it is available they will notify you. they are a fab shop very professional. this is the link.
      thanks again for your kind words!
      all the best,
      lucia x

    2. Sharon

      April 19, 2018 at 4:02 am

      I just received mine in the mail from Wool Warehouse in the UK. ( I live in USA).

  85. Brenda

    June 7, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    My kit arrived this morning from Black Sheep Wool. Someone posted a pic of their blanket on Facebook – ‘Nothing but Crochet’ and I fell in love with it. It was really interesting to read your blog about how you went about changing the original Persian Tiles, especially about your choice of colours. They remind me of growing up in the 1960s and that idea of ‘love and peace’. can’t wait to get started.

  86. Debbie Cunningham

    June 26, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Hi Lucia, I just ordered this kit through Deramores and I am hoping mine is as stunning as your’s is!! Fingers crossed , I am sooo excited to get to make it. Now to patiently wait for it to arrive I love the way that you explained your process because it is absolutely gorgeous!

  87. Suzanne Brannan

    June 28, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    This is so beautiful. I love all the colors. I see the kit is no longer available. Is your brochure available for purchase somewhere?

  88. Darcy

    July 3, 2018 at 12:49 am

    Hi, I love this version. I bought the kit but I am struggling to get my pieces the right size. It would be really helpful to know the expected dimensions of the large octagon after every 3-4 rows so that I can figure out which rounds I am doing wrong. Is that posdible please?
    Also, when beginning the border, what stitch should be used to create the row that evens out the uneven edge?

    1. admin

      July 15, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Darcy, I m out of my studio teaching a class. I will be back tomorrow and reply to your enquiry as soon as possible.
      Lucia x

  89. Monica

    July 19, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I LOVE this pattern. And the colours – WOW!
    I’m curious about the size. Is it easy to make this blanket larger? I want to order the kit but would really like to make it a bigger blanket.

    1. admin

      September 12, 2018 at 4:05 am

      Hi Monica, sorry for the late reply I had some issues with the server …you can make the eastern jewels bigger just by making more octagons and squares and adjust the border accordingly. So I would maybe double the quantities of yarn so you have plenty of material to adjust to your preferred size.

      1. Monica

        September 13, 2018 at 5:48 pm

        Thank you! I just purchased the pattern (Persian Tiles) but don’t see where I can find the colour substitutions that you used. I can see the list of colours, but not the information on which was swapped for the colours in the original pattern. I live in Canada and can’t easily get Stylecraft yarn so I was going to substitute for another brand (especially since I want to make the blanket much larger) and will try to match the colours as best as I can, but it would be so helpful to know your substitutions.

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  91. Amelia

    September 24, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Hi there Lucia, loved reading your blog I bought the set to make it myself. However I’m really stuggling with the pattern especially the granny squares step 5&6. Do you know of any videos or tutorials to help the less experienced?
    Thank you xx

    1. admin

      September 25, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      hi Amelia, I am afraid there is no video available. I just made the colourway for Janie Crow and Stylecraft . It has been their decision on how to promote the blanket nothing to do with me, hence why I couldn’t make a video. there might be a group on facebook about the eastern jewels But I am not so sure, as the blanket is one year old already. Said that I will investigate and come back to you.
      best wishes,
      lucia x

  92. Marie-Jeanne Ringer

    October 6, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I absolutely love your blanket and will be purchasing the kit (or kits) quite soon.My daughter would like one but she would like it for her bed which is a king size bed………..could you please let me know the dimensions of your blanket and then I can work out how many kits I will need…….thanks

  93. Alea

    December 10, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    This blanket is amazing!!! I love how the colors “play nice” with one another, and now I feel like I have to make one so I can have something very bright thrown over my vintage leather recliner….really I just want something really bright in my living room that I can snuggle under when watching movies!! 😉

  94. Emily

    December 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you so much for explaining your thought process on color placement and how colors interact with neutrals. It’s very helpful!

  95. Susan Bagshaw

    December 21, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I ADORE your Eastern Jewels blanket. I would happily buy the kit but it is not available. I don’t want to buy the pattern without knowing your substitutions – are they available anywhere? It is absolutely amazing. Thank you.

    1. admin

      January 9, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      thank you, Susan. I designed the eastern jewels colourways for Stylecraft and Janie Crow. I am not involved with the distribution of the packs or the pattern. I am sorry I can’t be of more help . All I can suggest is that you might want to get in touch with either of them for further information.
      all the best,
      Lucia x

  96. Laura Rey Menoni

    January 6, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Hola Lucia, en mi Instagram sigo varias páginas de crochet y me tope con el azulejo persa o joyas de este, me encantó pues parece un mandala, buscando la pista de cómo hacerlo, llegué a tu web y si bien no está el esquema o patrón, me encantó tu historia y cómo seleccionaste los colores y su secuencia. Definitivamente cuando se hacen las cosas con amor y pasión el resultado es hermoso. Felicidades.
    Un abrazo desde Caracas-Venezuela

  97. Aino

    January 13, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Your use of colors is WONDERFUL and has given me joy and also a little push to get busy and make this delightful blanket/afghan.
    Thank you so very much!

  98. Barbara Cole

    January 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I love how you have explained the use of colour. In particular the neutral photos really show how a colour can change the whole look of a design. I only came across your blog because I am thinking of making this blanket, but i so enjoyed reading it I’ll be back.

  99. Larisa Roiberg

    March 7, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Where can I purchase this kit? Thank you so much

    1. admin

      March 30, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      Sorry Larisa, I just designed the blanket . Iam not involved in any of the distribution of either the packs or the pattern. Please get in touch with either Jane Crowfoot or Stylecraft
      Lucia x

  100. Susan jackson

    March 27, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Please could I ask if you have the Persian tiles Eastern Jewels blanket pattern left in stock,I an giving this crochet blanket pattern to my friends as gifts along with the wool.I do hope you can help.

    1. admin

      March 30, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      sorry Susan, I just designed the blanket . Iam not involved in any of the distribution of either the packs or the pattern. Please get in touch with either Jane Crowfoot or Stylecraft
      Lucia x

  101. jomanah

    April 26, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    where can i find The colourways of the Eastern Jewel , because im gonna buy them separately as they are sold out from any website that deliver world wide ( saudi arabia)
    thx 😉

    1. admin

      May 8, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Jomanah,,I am so sorry you cannot find the kit available,I just designed the colourway and I am not involved in any of the distribution of the packs or the pattern. I am also bound by copyright with Stylecraft and Jane Crowfoot. You got to get in touch with them. Failed that all I can suggest is that if you put Eastern jewels in your search engine ,on Instagram or Pinterest for example, there are a LOT of really close up of the octagons and it is very easy to guess the colours that way.
      Hope it helps a little.
      all the best,
      Lucia x

  102. Lesley Mann

    April 26, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Hi Lucia
    I want to make this Eastern Jewels blanket
    But want to use wool and not acrylic. Any ideas
    I think I have ordered the Persian Tiles pattern but would love a colour list chart.
    Many thanks I love your work

  103. Lesley Mann

    April 27, 2020 at 12:22 am

    Hi Lucia
    I would love to make this rug but want to make it in wool and not acrylic. I have ordered the Persian Tiles pattern. I live in Australia and could get wool here but would need colour lists and chart. Any suggestions?
    Kind regards

    1. admin

      May 8, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Leslley,I am so sorry you cannot find the kit available,I just designed the colourway and I am not involved in any of the distribution of the packs or the pattern. I am also bound by copyright with Stylecraft and Jane Crowfoot. You got to get in touch with them. Failed that all I can suggest is that if you put Eastern jewels in your search engine ,on Instagram or Pinterest for example, there are a LOT of really close up of the octagons and it is very easy to guess the colours that way.
      Hope it helps a little.
      all the best,
      Lucia x

  104. DREA R LEED

    May 6, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Hi! Your design is dazzling and breathtaking–you have such an amazing eye for color! I used to be an avid crocheter, 20 years ago, but have somehow stopped over the past two decades. Your pattern/colorway has inspired me to pick up a hook again and make this blanket for my mother. Unfortunately, although I can find the original persian tiles pattern for sale, all of the sources for your colorways/yarn kits are sold out.
    Is there any way I can purchase the colorway information itself from you, so I can buy the yarn myself and tackle this?
    Many thanks,

    1. admin

      May 8, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      Hi Drea,I am so sorry you cannot find the kit available,I just designed the colourway and I am not involved in any of the distribution of the packs or the pattern. I am also bound by copyright with Stylecraft and Jane Crowfoot. You got to get in touch with them. Failed that all I can suggest is that if you put Eastern jewels in your search engine ,on Instagram or Pinterest for example, there are a LOT of really close up of the octagons and it is very easy to guess the colours that way.
      Hope it helps a little.
      Stay safe,
      Lucia x

  105. Jackie

    June 21, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Hi,i loved reading your description of how
    you came to create your lovely colours. I am ashamed to say I have no real eye for putting colours together,but with people like you fills me with admiration.

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  107. Cheryl

    August 24, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Is there a pattern for the blanket you used as the example of one done with parchment?

    1. admin

      September 4, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      no sorry Cheryl

  108. Linda

    September 15, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you for your interesting and informative post, I’ve just ordered my kit on the strength of it! I’m certainly looking forward to making it. I saw on a different blog review that the writer had quite a bit of leftover yarn so I was wondering whether to add an additional row of octagons and the necessary fill in pieces to make it slightly larger. I’ll make all the pieces in the pattern and decide for definite at the assembly stage. Thanks for your work recolouring this, you’ve done a splendid job, hope I can do it justice!

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