What is a Temperature Blanket?
The basic idea behind a temperature blanket is that you choose a colour of yarn to represent different temperatures, you then take the days average temperature and crochet a row per day for a year in the corresponding colour..... this picture should help explain it ;)
I chose to use ten colours, and a temperature range from 0 to 33 degrees, here in the UK that should cover all bases (here's hoping we ever reach 33 degrees lol!) This was a super fun part of the planning, I used my Stylecraft Special Swatch to decide on the best colours to use, and have stuck to more "pastelly" shades rather than the "brights" just to suit my personal taste.
I have chosen to use Stylecraft Special DK because of the awesome range of colours, it's affordable and I already have a fair bit in my stash! The colours I've chosen are all available from here.
A good way to find the daily temperature is to use a weather app, I have just used the one that comes with my phone (as below) or you can get an average daily temperature from the BBC Weather website.
So once I'd planned out my temperatures and colours I plotted it all out in My Crochet Project Bible.... Obviously I took this opportunity to get my colouring pens out too!
So now to begin! The choices are endless for what style of blanket to make - you could do a traditional Granny square and do a round a day, a striped blanket and do a row a day, or you could even make individual squares and join them all at the end of the year, it's entirely up to you! My personal favourite is the simple Granny Stripe which there is a fab pattern for here from Attic 24, it's easy to follow and the picture is below, isn't it amazing?
And there's no rules as to when your year begins and ends - perhaps you have a new baby grandaughter born on March 3rd and your temperature blanket represents her first year, what an amazing keepsake that would be! Or obviously you could go from January to December - it's all upto you!
I would suggest an important thing to remember when starting off is "what size do you want your finished blanket to be"? A row per day is going to give you 365 rows so it could end up enormous if you're not careful!
Another idea I like the sound of (which I also may plot out in my Bible when I have chance!) is a "Weather Blanket" - such as grey for rain, white for snow and so on, you could even have a different stitch for different weather, a white bobble stitch for snow would be amazing! That's a job for another day I think...
So anyway, if you fancy a bash at a Temperature Blanket and would like to use my colours then please feel free! There is a free download on our website of the image below to help you on your way, and if anyone would like to share any pictures that would be fab!
The full list of colours I've chosen are: Claret/Spice/Sunshine/Citron/Saffron/Spring Green/Aster/Cloud Blue/Sherbert and Silver.
Happy Crocheting Geeks! Lucy xxx