A waffle-like texture and a beautiful spectrum of pinks, peaches, and russets, our Tonal Blanket is truly a stunning knit. And as it turns out, all this beauty is only as challenging as a simple slip stitch, which means beginners can learn something new and make something gorgeous without being in over your head!

Tonal Blanket | Purl Soho

Taking a closer look, you can see how the wide stripes of heather-ed tones sharpen into a complex texture, where distinct pops of color seem to peep through tiny Heirloom White panes.

Tonal Blanket | Purl Soho

And in our Season Alpaca, the finished Tonal Blanket has a gentle heft and a wonderful warmth that’s just right for when the mercury drops. Get started with our Tonal Blanket Bundle, which includes the yarn you’ll need to make a Crib size blanket (add 5 more skeins of Heirloom White for a Throw size). Choose between this toasty Warm spectrum or our Cool version, which ranges from soft lavender to dark ocean blue. Either way, this is a blanket to treasure!

Tonal Blanket | Purl Soho

This project designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Update: Crochet Version

March 2018
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Crocheters can get in on the action, too! Our Crochet Tonal Blanket version is made up of just single and double crochets that form a tiny checked pattern. The learning curve is the opposite of steep, and before you can say “ombré,” you’ll have a gorgeous spectrum of color coming off your hook!

Update: New Colors

October 25, 2019
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Our gorgeous new palette of Season Alpaca demands new Tonal Blankets, still tonal, still soft and cozy, and still beautiful! Pick up the required skeins for this great-outdoors Cool palette or in our toasty Warm spectrum. Also choose a Crib or Throw size, and use whatever you pick for the knit or crochet version… So many options but impossible to go wrong. Read all about the updated versions here!

Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoTonalBlanket, and #PurlSohoSeasonAlpaca. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Materials

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Our Tonal Blanket requires 10 skeins total for the Crib Size blanket. Add 5 more skeins of the Main Color to make the Throw Size…

  • Warm Version
    • Main Color (MC): 5 (10) skeins of Purl Soho’s Season Alpaca. Each skein is 218 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 1,090 (2,180) yards required. We used Heirloom White.
    • Color A: 1 skein in Peony Pink
    • Color B: 1 skein in Honey Pink
    • Color C: 1 skein in Pink Taupe
    • Color D: 1 skein in Baby Fawn
    • Color E: 1 skein in Burnt Sienna
  • Cool Version
    • Main Color (MC): 5 (10) skeins of Purl Soho’s Season Alpaca, in Heirloom White
    • Color A: 1 skein in Lavender Moon
    • Color B: 1 skein in Dove Gray
    • Color C: 1 skein in Trout Brown
    • Color D: 1 skein in Ebbtide Blue
    • Color E: 1 skein in Stillwater Blue
  • US 4 (3.5mm), 40-, 47- or 60-inch circular needles

Gauge

  • Unblocked: 28 stitches and 56 rows = 4 inches in the slip stitch pattern
  • Blocked: 26 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches in the slip stitch pattern

Sizes

Crib Size (Throw Size)

  • 27¾ inches wide x 40 inches long (42 inches wide x 53¾ inches long)

Note

When changing colors, carry the new yarn up the selvedge in back of the old yarn.

Pattern

With Main Color (MC), using Long Tail Cast On, cast on 181 (273) stitches.

Row 1 (right side): With MC, knit to end of row.

Row 2 (wrong side): Repeat Row 1.

Row 3: With Color A, *k1, slip 1 with yarn in back, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 4: With Color A, *k1, slip 1 with yarn in front, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Repeat Rows 1-4 until piece measures 8 (10¾) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 4.

Cut Color A.

Now with MC and Color B, repeat Rows 1-4 until piece measures 8 (10¾) inches from where you cut Color A, ending with Row 4.

Cut Color B.

With MC and Color C, repeat Rows 1-4 until piece measures 8 (10¾) inches from where you cut Color B, ending with Row 4.

Cut Color C.

With MC and Color D, repeat Rows 1-4 until piece measures 8 (10¾) inches from where you cut Color C, ending with Row 4.

Cut Color D.

With MC and Color E, repeat Rows 1-4 until piece measures 8 (10¾) inches from where you cut Color D, ending with Row 4.

Cut Color E.

With MC, repeat Row 1.

Bind off (wrong side): With MC, bind off knitwise.

Weave in ends, and block if desired, but we didn’t!

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