The Bakewell blanket is a fancy looking project (particularly in the gradient yarn used) that is actually quite easy to make. The author suggests that merely knowing how to make granny squares will get you on your way. While you can make this blanket in a solid color, the plum-themed color gradient shown below is absolutely fantabulous, and would be a very attractive addition to a bedroom or den. This is a very worthwhile project to take on. A link to the free pattern is at the end of the post.