The Harmony Throw Blanket CAL

I am beyond excited to present to you the Harmony Throw Blanket. This lovely textured crochet blanket pattern boasts gorgeous stripes, interesting textures and structures and is a perfect cozy throw blanket to snuggle up in or display.

The best part about this textured crochet blanket pattern is that it is a collaborative crochet-a-long designed by 12 different designers, hosted by myself and the lovely Agat of Made by Gootie. Together we created Harmony and we can’t wait for you to crochet yours.

The Harmony Blanket CAL begins October 17, 2022!

Continue reading below to find all the information you’ll need to be prepared for the CAL before it begins!

This image is a graphic for the Harmony Throw Blanket CAL which will follow a textured crochet blanket pattern. On the right side of the image there is a picture of the finished blanket. It is hanging on a blanket ladder in front of an electric fireplace. On the left side of the image, text reads: "Harmony Throw Blanket Crochet-A-Long Hosted by The Loophole Fox and Made by Gootie"

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My absolutely lovely friend Agat of Made by Gootie and I began planning this textured crochet blanket pattern in the early months of 2022. Our ultimate goal for the finished blanket was that it would have loads of texture and be super cozy. I envisioned crocheters wrapping up in their blanket on a cool autumn night and myself cozying up with it and a nice big book.

Of course, we wanted to bring our other crochet designer friends into the fun with us and, I have to tell you, I could not be more impressed and in awe of how wonderfully all of our designs fit together.

What is a Crochet-a-long (CAL)?

Simply stated, a CAL (crochet-a-long) is a crochet pattern that is released in parts over a time period and crocheters make each part as it is released. Typically the parts of the pattern are released once or twice per week.

A CAL is so much more than that, though. Events like these allow crocheters to follow along with a pattern at the same time as others, be a part of a community of people all crocheting the same thing at the same time, ask questions and possibly learn new stitches, skills and techniques with the support of others.

How will the Harmony Throw Blanket CAL Work?

The Harmony Throw Blanket is a 50 inch x 60 inch textured crochet blanket pattern that was designed in strips. Each strip was designed by a different crochet designer who is as lovely as they are talented. Unlike other collaborative blanket CALs you might have seen or been a part of, each part of this CAL is worked directly on top of the previous part so there is no seaming or fancy work involved in finishing the blanket.

Here are all the details on the CAL that you need to know before it begins:

When is the CAL? What day does it start?

The Harmony Throw Blanket CAL will officially begin on October 17, 2022 and will run through November 28, 2022.

How many parts are there and how is each part released?

There are 12 total parts which will be released each Monday and Thursday between October 17 and November 28, 2022.

What time will each part be released on it’s feature day?

Each part of this textured crochet throw blanket pattern will be released at 8 A.M. Pacific Time. On each parts feature day, you will have 24 hours to download the PDF for free from the designers blog or Ravelry shop (with a code). The designers will also have their free (with ads) version on their blogs indefinitely.

Note: Please keep in mind that we switch from PDT to PST on November 6th. Right in the middle of the event!

What is the skill level for this CAL?

The skill level for this crochet blanket CAL ranges from Confident Advanced Beginner to Intermediate. It is likely that you will learn a new stitch or technique with this CAL and all of us designers will be right here to support you!

What is the construction of the blanket?

Each part was designed specifically to fit together, so you will be able to pick up the next part of the textured crochet throw blanket pattern and continue working as if it was one pattern designed by one designer.

We have included transition rows between each part so that there is a small border between each. This makes it so that you have a “clean” border of single crochets to work the next part on and makes it so each design shines as much as possible.

Between each part of this CAL, we will work 2 rows of single crochets. This creates the small border between each part.

What if I don’t want to wait for each part to be released?

I wouldn’t be able to wait either! If you’d prefer to get all of the patterns at once and get to work on your Harmony Blanket, you will absolutely be able to purchase the Harmony Throw Blanket e-Book.

The e-Book will begin pre-sale on October 15th and will have introductory pricing through the duration of the CAL. After the CAL is over, the e-Book will still be available but the price will go up.

Purchasing the e-Book not only gives you the entire textured crochet blanket pattern all at once but it also helps support the designers who helped to make this lovely blanket CAL possible.

What is the timeline of this blanket CAL?

This textured crochet blanket CAL is co-hosted between myself and Agat of Made by Gootie. I will host the feature days for Parts 1 through 6 and Agat will host the feature days for Parts 7 through 12!

Here are the dates you can expect the parts to be released:

  • Part 1 – Made by Gootie – Releases on October 17
  • Part 2 – Sunflower Cottage Crochet – Releases on October 20
  • Part 3 – HanJan Crochet – Releases on October 24
  • Part 4 – Clair de Lune Fiber Art – Releases on October 27
  • Part 5 – Fosbas Designs – Releases on October 31
  • Part 6 – Ned & Mimi – Releases on November 3
  • Part 7 – The Loophole Fox – Releases on November 7
  • Part 8 – Knitting with Chopsticks – Releases on November 10
  • Part 9 – Raffamusa Designs – Releases on November 14
  • Part 10 – Hooks, Books, & Wanderlust – Releases on November 17
  • Part 11 – Juniper and Oakes – Releases on November 21
  • Part 12 – Remington Lane Crochet – Releases on November 24
  • Border – The Loophole Fox & Made by Gootie – Releases on November 28

This textured crochet blanket pattern is a collaborative CAL of 12 designers!

When Agat and I began dreaming of this blanket, we knew we didn’t want to do it alone. We believe in not only bringing crocheters into our community but also continuing to build and support the community of crochet designers we are a part of.

So, we invited 10 of our designer friends to join us in designing this textured crochet blanket pattern and, I must say, we couldn’t have chosen a better group!

With only a small amount of directive from Agat and myself, these amazing designers created some of the most lovely stitch patterns that fit together better than we could have expected.

Make sure to give the designers who helped make this textured crochet blanket pattern CAL possible some love!

This image is a list of all the designers who participated in making this CAL possible.

How can I join the Harmony Blanket CAL?

There are several different ways that you can join the Harmony Blanket CAL! Choose any (or all) of the options that apply best to how you’d like to participate:

  • If you’d like to have a space to show off your work, chat with other crocheters, ask questions or get to know the designers behind this project, you can join our Facebook Groups!
  • If you’d prefer to participate on Instagram, you can do so by using the hashtag #HarmonyThrowCAL, tagging myself and Agat (@theloopholefoxcrochet and @madebygootie) and the designer of the featured part so we can all show you some love!
  • If you’d prefer to join the CAL via email, you certainly can! You can sign up to my newsletter to make sure you don’t miss a single part and, if you’d like, you can email me pictures of your work!

What Yarn, Tools and Notions Will I Need for my Harmony Throw?

To make your own textured crochet blanket along with us, you’ll need to gather some materials! To summarize, here is the total amount of what you’ll need for each:

YARN

  • You will need Medium (4) Worsted Weight Yarn.
  • We used Sirdar Country Classic Worsted for our sample blanket.
  • Sirdar Country Classic is 50% wool, 50% acrylic.
  • We received yarn support from the absolutely lovely Helen of Sunflower Cottage Crochet and her new adventure, Caterpillar Yarn (coming soon!). We are honored to have been able to receive yarn support from Helen and we are excited to help support her as she opens her yarn shop!
  • The total amount of yarn needed is approximately: 66.5 ounces / 1,876 grams / 4,103 yards / 3,752 meters
    • Please see the breakdown of yarn and colors in the “Color Planning” section below.

If you’d like to substitute yarn, here are some good options:

Lion Brand’s Basic Stitch (100% Acrylic), Re-Spun (100% Recycled Polyester) or Color Theory (100% Acrylic) yarns.

Love Crafts Paintbox Simply Aran (100% Acrylic) or Paintbox Wool Mix Aran (50% Wool, 50% Acrylic).

We Crochet’s Shine Worsted (60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal natural beech wood fiber).

TOOLS & NOTIONS

  • 5mm (H-8) crochet hook
  • At least 23 stitch markers (You will want all 23 for Part 6)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle
This image shows the textured crochet blanket pattern sample spread out on a dark grey couch. A plant is in the forefront of the picture. The blanket is spread on the corner of the couch, so you can see the stripes and beautiful texture.

Color Planning for this Textured Crochet Blanket Pattern

Would you believe me if I said picking colors for the Harmony Blanket was the hardest part? It was! Agat and I had so many ideas for colors that it was difficult to decide on one. When we came up with the palette we used, though, we both knew it was “the one”.

And, of course, I have to give a big massive love shoutout to Helen of Sunflower Cottage Crochet who was so lovely to provide yarn support for this project. Did you know she has started her own online yarn shop? What a dream!

Yarn and Colors We Used

For this textured crochet blanket pattern, we used 5 colors. 4 of the colors were used for the different parts of the blanket (as you can see in stripes) and each color was used for 3 parts.

The 5th color we used for our transition rows and the border.

Here is the break down of our yarn and color usage (all usage is approximate):

  • Color 1 – Golden (Golden color; Parts 1, 5, 9):
    • 487 grams / 1,066 yards (974 meters), 5 skeins
  • Color 2 – Clotted Cream (Cream color, Parts 2, 6, 10):
    • 367 grams / 803 yards (734 meters), 4 skeins
  • Color 3 – Oyster (Soft pink color, Parts 3, 7, 11):
    • 404 grams / 884 yards (808 meters), 4 skeins
  • Color 4 – Port (Deep red color, Parts 4, 8, 12):
    • 418 grams / 915 yards (836 meters), 5 skeins
  • Color 5 – White (Transition rows & border): 
    • 200 grams / 438 yards (400 meters), 2 skeins

You can, of course, choose any colors you like. If you’d like your blanket to have 1 color, 2 colors or multiple like ours did, that is completely up to you. Make the Harmony Throw Blanket yours!

This image shows the textured crochet blanket pattern sample draped over a white fabric chair. It is next to an electric fire place and there is a blanket and two pillows in a basket next to it.

What do I need to know about gauge and tension?

This textured crochet blanket pattern CAL started with a swatch and my tension. I am typically a tight crocheter, so my tension is typically tighter than others. You can find out more about what this means in my gauge master post.

Each designer has listed gauge for their patterns, which is standard for all crochet patterns. However, for full transparency, when I crocheted the sample of the blanket I did not not check gauge between each pattern and the blanket turned out perfectly.

What this means is you will want to match the gauge of the first designer or, if you feel confident in your own gauge, you can follow your own. You shouldn’t have to match gauge with each designer.

Your blanket should turn out to be approximately 50 inches wide by 60 inches tall. If it is slightly too small, you can always add more of a border to increase the size. If it is slightly too large… well, who would ever deny a big ol’ blanket!?

What stitches and/or techniques should I be familiar with to feel confident following this textured crochet blanket pattern?

As stated previously, the range of skill level for this textured crochet blanket pattern is from Confident Advanced Beginner to Intermediate. You very likely will learn new stitches and/or techniques following this CAL.

You should be familiar and confident with all of the basic crochet stitches such as chains, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and treble crochet.

You should also be familiar with or familiarize yourself with the following stitches and techniques:

This list uses US terms and each link will take you to a tutorial to learn these stitches or techniques. Stitches or techniques that do not have a link to a tutorial yet will have one soon.

Each part of the textured crochet blanket pattern will reference which techniques you should know with links to tutorials and any other notes that might help.

Are you excited for this textured crochet blanket pattern CAL?

Me, too! It’s been so hard to keep this project secret while setting everything up and I am beyond thrilled to finally let you know that it’s coming.

The CAL doesn’t officially start until October 17, 2022. Agat and I have decided to let you know about this event a month early so that you have all the time you need to figure out what colors you’d like your blanket to be, order yarn if you need to and get excited!

While waiting for the CAL to start, you’re welcome to join our Facebook Communities, tag us on Instagram or email us with your color ideas, questions and excitement!

We are so excited to crochet with you soon. See you on October 17th!

This image is a graphic for the Harmony Throw Blanket CAL which will follow a textured crochet blanket pattern. On the right side of the image there is a picture of the finished blanket. It is hanging on a blanket ladder in front of an electric fireplace. On the left side of the image, text reads: "Harmony Throw Blanket Crochet-A-Long Hosted by The Loophole Fox and Made by Gootie"

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2 Comments

  1. A gorgeous blanket from all my favorite designers? I’m in! I’m sure a CAL like this requires a great deal of planning and collaboration, so thank you so much for sharing it with us. Looking forward to 10/17. I hope you all will also share tips and tricks on your blogs for those of us not on Facebook. Thank you!

    1. Oh my gosh, Judy! Thank you for such a kind comment. I’ll be sure to share this with the other designers! 🙂 It has taken months of planning but Agat and I have loved every minute of it!

      We do plan to include the tips and tricks on our blog posts, directly under the information for each part, so that way everyone will have access to all the information. 🙂

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