Temperature Blanket

happy new year

Hello, 2019.

I hope the first day of this new year finds you in a place of expectation.  Most of us take time to reflect on what the last year has brought into our life, what we want to bring with us into the new year and what we want to leave behind.  For me, I want to let go of “not enough” and embrace the idea that we all have something to share with others.

I want us to come together as a community here to learn, inspire and encourage, so we can go into our local spaces and gather together to create with other makers.

And, what better way to kick off a new year than with a temperature blanket!

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What is a temperature blanket?

I had this same questions just over a week ago and after much research realized I  needed to try it.

A temperature blanket is made by knitting or crocheting one row each day of the year, based on the temperature outside.  By the end of the year you will have a very colorful blanket that reflects the season changes.

I’ve never done this before so I thought I would start with a temperature blanket just for the month of January.  Many people create a blanket with a row for each day of the year and in the end, it’s clear to see the different season changes.  Here is an example of one from Beneath the Rowan Tree:

temperature blanket - beneath the rowan tree

Since we live in Florida our temperatures don’t fluctuate much, so I created a chart with only 7 degrees for each color.  Based on the “projected” highs and lows for the month, I decided to use the “lows” for each day.  I will be using Loops & Threads Capri yarn for my blanket since it’s what I already had in my stash.  You can use any yarn you want as long as you have enough colors to show the changes in temperature.

Here is what I have come up with:

Temperature (low) Color
64-70 Coral
57-63 Apricot
50-56 Turquoise
43-49 Poolside Blue
36-42 Violet
29-35 Lavender
22-28 White

I would recommend looking at your season changes and determining a good chart based on your location.  Here is a chart from Lion Brand Yarn that can give you a better idea of grouping your temperatures as well.

Here is the pattern I will be using for my blanket:

Chain 125

Row 1:  HDC (half double crochet) into 3rd chain from hook and across. (124 HDC)

Row 2 – 31:  CH 2.  HDC across (124 HDC)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Want to learn how to Half Double Crochet?  CLICK HERE

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Now it’s time to start making!

I am starting on my new blanket today, so be sure to follow along on Instagram or Facebook to see how it works up!

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