Temperature Blanket/afghan

You may have seen these already or even made one. You may love the idea but not want the challenge or you may hate them.

Well I decided this year I wanted to make one.

A temperate blanket is exactly what it sounds like all about temperature.

You record the temperature once a day for a whole year!!!! You will need some sort of key as to what colours represent what temperature for you. You should also take into account where you live. Don’t invest in tons of yarn to crochet in white whenever it snows or is below -10 if you’ve not seen snow for nearly 4 years (yes north west england I’m talking to you!). Similarly check out the highest temperatures for the last few years and use your own knowledge to not go overboard on higher temperature also.

This is my key I set this specifically for my area not just my country. So where in South England it may go over 20 degrees regularly here it doesn’t. For that reason I only got 1 ball of the top colour (Stylecraft silver).

The following 5 colours I got 3 of each (wisteria, turquoise, grass green, saffron and spice) 2 of matador red (just in case) and 1 of the pink for wishful thinking. This is also a great stash buster, the grey and pink I had in my stash already so if it never goes below 0 or above 24 I’ve not lost out.

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Now deciding what temperature to use because it fluctuates and some days you may find the temperature from one hour to next will fit 2 different colour brackets.

I have chosen to check the temperature around 11am-12pm each day and use that one. The met office allows you to see the past 24 hours hour by hour if you forget.

If it is the type of project you don’t want to be so committed to you can use just high and/or low temperature for each day which can be found easily. Otherwise look up weatherghan that will tell you the temperatures and suggest colours for any year and area you select.

Next you have to think of how to make it. As you are doing it for the whole year you have to be careful to not make each row too high. Some have reported 9 foot blankets by December!!

For this I’m afraid you will need to do a few swatches. It’s best to do 5 rows measure and times by 73 to figure out how big it will be by December 31st. I figured using DK/8 ply yarn with a 3.5mm hook and doing single crochet rows would make a blanket around single bed size.

Here is my first week progress:

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You can of course start half way through the year to celebrate a babies first year of life or make something season by season to make multiple blankets.

Other options to think about are different colours for snow or special occasions like birthdays, holidays etc. I have decided to do a different stitch when it’s a birthday to keep same colour scheme but to identify our life events too. Others have chosen to use a variegated yarn to identify these days.

By the end of the year you should have a beautiful spectrum of colour within a blanket.

tracy

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