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d’Histoire Naturelle CAL Video Tutorials

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. 


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.

Kits are available for order from Wool Warehouse (UK/Int), The Knitting Network (UK/Int)Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU), and many other Scheepjes stockists.

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

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.

Anthony Doerr’s best-selling novel All the Light We Cannot See is available from (NL),, and many other bookstores world wide.


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15 thoughts on “d’Histoire Naturelle CAL Video Tutorials”

  1. Looking forward to crocheting the CAL with you!
    I learned how to crochet during Dance on the Beach by watching your videos. Been hooking ever since??

  2. I just read the info about how to support your work. If I use your affiliate links can I buy whatever I wish or is it for specific items/projects? I’m just finishing the TLC Blanket and I feel that I have the confidence and skills to try new things. Your videos are fantastic and so helpful. Have you thought of Patreon?

  3. Thank you Esther, its a pleasure learn with your video tutorials!! I have enjoyed Rozeta, now I learn a lot with Sophie and today I get my Conchology yarn pack through your link.
    Can’t wait to start!!
    It’s a nice CAL this 2020!!
    Best regards!?

  4. yooooo. I had only heard about the cal, not the read along. Imagine my surprise when it’s a book that I read!! I had to read All The Light We Cannot See for my English summer homework in my senior year. It was such a beautiful and heart wrenching book. I’ve been meaning to reread it, and I guess now is as good a time as any. and of course, beautiful cal as always. can’t wait to see it!!

  5. Hi, I am so glad you are doing the tutorials. This is one I might want to try, after I finish Janie Crow’s Fruit Garden CAL. Esther, I want to thank you for all your tutorials. I have watched so many of them, did Tropical Delight by watching you, learned of Sheepjes yarns by watching you, and so forth. This one is gorgeous and I have a load of yarn coming, not a kit but, enoght to do it. Thank you!

  6. Ordered the Herbarium via you, and hope it arrives on time. I can’t tell you how much easier you make Crochet, but it will be fun to have the exact kit you are going to use! We have nothing like Scheepjes here. The first time I saw you use it, on many of your squares like Tropical Delight? (Or Nuts About Squares) – just thank you. Can’t wait and I have that book, but didn’t begin it yet. Going to be fun. ps: sorry on typo “enough” above.

  7. I just got the little Scheepjes kit of all the colors – it is so funny because in all your videos it looks “huge” and now that it is here I can see how tiny the yarn is? Over in Ravelry I have talked about you and how you will be crocheting it? So I hope you do not mind if I stick a link to your youtube in my “project” place. I am just not using FB at all at present. Your youtubes have been like the biggest gift on earth. Since I began to watch them some time ago. Anyway my god the colors in this River and Stone washed – we have nothing like this yarn here in the States. Wow! So this is very exciting now because I will be crocheting along with you. I told them in Ravelry we cannot go wrong, because of YOU! Ha! Thank you for introducing me to the yarns from this company. I also ordered many of their Color Crafter skeins, and those will arrive soon. I love the Secret Garden skein I got too. Gorgeous. This yarn is very much like for “Lace” and yet we get all these colors! At the same time the DK (and smaller) concept is new to me. Here yarn is mostly chunkier? Can’t wait to start and to start with you!

  8. Esther, this YARN! It is so incredibly beautiful. I am so glad you are associated with this company. I read about how this brand was built off their page. The patterns and the pattern books remind me of a time when I used to be able to get a thing called Mon Tricot, many moons ago. It is so beautiful in these colors, just wow. The River and Stonewashed. Down the road I want to do your Nuts About Squares, and I will. The colors. It’s hard to believe how gorgeous they are.

  9. Esther I have just gotten a HUGE box of the Color Crafter – though I would rather use wool/cotton please tell Scheepjes, my god. We have nothing like this. The colors are DIVINE and it is sooooooo soft and wonderful. Spa, Zandvoort, the colors. I am in love with teh stone and river washed, this is my second yarn from them so, maybe try the upcoming project in some of these as well, but own colorways. What beautiful yarn they make in the Netherlands. Wow. I felt I had to tell you.

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