Our Crochet Tonal Blanket is the kind of piece we love best: graphic, simpler-to-make-than-it-looks, and totally intriguing.

Crochet Tonal Blanket | Purl Soho

A sister to our original knit Tonal Blanket, this crocheted 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!

Crochet Tonal Blanket | Purl Soho

Made in our gorgeous Season Alpaca, 100% baby alpaca soft enough for a brand new baby, and designed in two color palettes: from the warm and toasty color spectrum shown here or a cool and serene range of blues.

Crochet Tonal Blanket | Purl Soho

Sized for cribs as well as couches, this timeless beauty is the kind you will pass on from one generation to the next, just like grandma did her granny square version!

Crochet Tonal Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Update: New Colors

October 25, 2019

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 in 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 crochet or knit version… So many options but impossible to go wrong. Read all about the updated versions here!

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Materials

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  • 10 (15) skeins of Purl Soho’s Season Alpaca, 100% super baby alpaca; each skein is 218 yards/ 100 grams.
    • Main Color (MC): 5 (10) skeins of Season Alpaca; approximately 1,090 (2,180) yards required
    • Colors A–E: 1 skein of Season Alpaca each; approximately 124 (218) yards required per color

We made our samples in two contrasting palettes…

  • Warm Version (shown above)
    • Main Color (MC): Heirloom White
    • Color A: Peony Pink
    • Color B: Honey Pink
    • Color C: Pink Taupe
    • Color D: Baby Fawn
    • Color E: Burnt Sienna
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  • Cool Version
    • Main Color (MC): Heirloom White
    • Color A: Dove Gray
    • Color B: Lavender Moon
    • Color C: Trout Brown
    • Color D: Ebbtide Blue
    • Color E: Stillwater Blue

You’ll also need…

Gauge

7 bundles of 3 double crochets and 8 double crochet rows = 4 inches

Size

Crib Size (Throw Size)

Finished Dimensions: 28 inches wide x 40 inches long (42 inches wide x 54 inches long)

Note

When switching between the Main Color and each Contrast Color, make sure the Contrast Color is at the wrong side of the work and the Main Color is at the right side.

Pattern

With Main Color (MC), make a Foundation Single Crochet Row of 149 (221) crochets.

Crochet Tonal Blanket | Purl Soho

Set-Up Row 1 (right side): Chain (ch) 3 (counts as 1 double crochet [dc]), skip first single crochet (sc), make 1 dc into each sc to end of row, place removable stitch marker in final stitch to keep it secure. [149 (221) crochets]

Crochet Tonal Blanket | Purl Soho

Set-Up Row 2 (keeping right side facing you): With Color A, 1 sc into first space (between ch 3 and first dc), *ch 2, skip next 2 spaces, 1 sc into next space, repeat from * to end of row, place removable stitch marker in final stitch. Turn work.

NOTE: For Set-Up Row 2, the “space” is located between the previous row’s double crochets.

Crochet Tonal Blanket | Purl Soho

Row 1 (wrong side): Remove stitch marker from MC stitch, with MC [see Note], ch 3, *3 dc into ch 2 space, repeat from * to last sc, 1 dc into space between final sc and ch 3, place removable stitch marker in final stitch.

NOTE: For the remainder of the pattern, the “space” is below the previous row’s chain 2.

Row 2 (keeping wrong side facing you): Remove stitch marker from Color A stitch, with Color A, ch 1, 1 sc into space between ch 3 and first dc, *ch 2, 1 sc into next space between dc bundles, repeat from * to last space, 1 sc into space between final dc bundle and final dc, place removable stitch marker in final stitch. Turn work.

Row 3 (right side): Remove stitch marker from MC stitch, with MC, ch 3, *3 dc into ch 2 space, repeat from * to last sc, 1 dc into space between final sc and ch 3, place removable stitch marker in final stitch.

Row 4 (keeping right side facing you): Remove stitch marker from Color A stitch, with Color A, ch 1, 1 sc into space between ch 3 and first dc, *ch 2, 1 sc into next space between dc bundles, repeat from * to last space, 1 sc into space between final dc bundle and final dc, place removable stitch marker in final stitch. Turn work.

Repeat Rows 1-4 eight (11) times, ending last repeat with Row 3; or until blanket measures 8 (11) inches from edge, ending with Row 3.

Cut Color A.

**Join Color B and work Row 4.

With MC and Color B, repeat Rows 1-4 eight (11) times, ending last repeat with Row 3; or until blanket measures 8 (11) inches from Color A section, ending with Row 3.

Cut Color B.

Repeat from ** for Colors C-E.

Final Row (wrong side): With MC, 1 sc into each dc to end of row.

Cut yarn and pull tail through final sc.

Weave in ends and block if desired.

Crochet Tonal Blanket | Purl Soho