Fabulous! That is the only word I have for the new Scheepjes CAL 2020 named d’Histoire Naturelle designed by Christina from A Spoonful of Yarn. d’Histoire Naturelle Blanket is designed to crochet your way around the breathtaking Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, or if your French isn’t that good, Museum of Natural History in Paris. During the 6 parts of the crochet along, we read Anthony Doerr’s best-selling novel All the Light We Cannot See, which is the inspiration behind the blanket. For me, this the most beautiful of all Scheepjes CALs we have made to date.
In this post you find all the information you need to make your own d’Histoire Naturelle Blanket, including links on where to buy kits, find the written pattern, the video tutorials, and all other things you might need under resources and video tutorials.
- Add d’Histoire Naturelle to your Ravelry Library
- d’Histoire Naturelle written patterns on Scheepjes.com
- Tips from Christina, the designer of d’Histoire Naturelle
- Official Scheepjes Nederlandse (Dutch) Facebook group
- Official Scheepjes International (English) Facebook group
d’Histoire Naturelle Colorways and Yarn Kits
d’Histoire Naturelle is available in in four beautiful colorways inspired by the colors and textures from the four departments of the Museum in Paris, and are available in Scheepjes Stone Washed/River Washed or Colour Crafter.
The Stone Washed/River Washed kits are available in the colorways Entomology, Herbarium, Conchology and Mineralogy and will give you a blanket of about 140cm x 140cm. The Color Crafter kits are available in the same colorways Entomology, Herbarium, Conchology and Mineralogy and will give you a blanket of about 150cm x 150cm.
All the kits contain the yarn you need to make a beautiful blanket, plus a pack of Toho glass beads, a beading needle, stitch markers, a CAL souvenir bookmark, a letter from the designer, and a YARN The After Party booklet.
d’Histoire Naturelle video tutorials
Find all video tutorials for d’Histoire Naturelle in one YouTube playlist on my YouTube channel. You can also find the videos on the Scheepjes website and in the English and Dutch Facebook groups. I have the videos available in
- English UK Terminology – Right handed
- English UK Terminology – Left handed
- Nederlands – Rechtshandig
- Nederlands – Linkshandig.
The written patterns are available in Dutch, English (UK & US) and German.
My d’Histoire Naturelle: Herbarium
I am using the Stone Washed Herbarium colorway to make my blanket because I believe the light colors and pastel shades work really well for video. The blanket has a delicate feel to it, and at the same time the design is bold and detailed.
The blanket changes its shape several times. In part 1 we made a square, which we turned into an octagon crawling with bugs in part 2, and in part 3 we made a circle decorated with leaves. Then came part 4 with minerals and lace, and in part 5 elephants and other large animals walked over our blanket. In the final part 6 we added a shell border to finish off the detailed blanket.
I enjoyed making my blanket, it is a detailed design that doesn’t get repetitive. I have gifted my blanket to a friend of mine, here it is all folded up, ready to go to a new home.
An intricate part of the d’Histoire Naturelle Blanket CAL, is the book All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr, turning this crochet-a-long into a read-a-long too. The read-a-long is optional of course, but it does add an extra dimension to the whole CAL experience. Every Sunday, for the duration of the CAL, the Scheepjes Facebook Groups turn into a book club when designer Christina interviews author Anthony Doerr about his book that inspired d’Histoire Naturelle Blanket. If you want to join the Book Club, you will get weekly reading material in the Facebook groups on Wednesdays.
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