Temperature Blanket 2016 – part 1

Temperature Blanket 2016

Hello crafters! This is the first year I am taking on a temperature craft project. My friend invited me into a Facebook group that is sharing the progress of their temperature projects. After considering the many types of projects being done, I am giving a crochet blanket a go.

Admittedly, I am very far behind on this project. I started in January but, as many crafters and artists are wont to do, I got distracted with other projects. So I’m nearing April’s temperature rows now.

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For those who aren’t certain what to a temperature project is, I’ll just explain it below as I explain what I have done so far. Stay tuned!

A Temperature Project

So how does this work?

Basically, I am making a blanket where the colors I chose coordinate with the temperatures of the day where I live. I have seen some amazing craft projects for this concept, and people can do any pattern or stitches or patches (if sewing) they would like.

For example, some people do a granny square blanket where each round in a square is equal to one day, then the square has 7 rounds to equal a week. At then end, they are attached to make the whole year. Another example is a temperature scarf. And another example is a quilt with patches of colors that fit the temperatures.

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The Temperatures

Now, the temperatures are chosen by each crafter. For example, I am doing the highest temperature of the day in my area. Some will do the lowest temperature of the day. Some do both. Some will do special colors or stitches for special dates or holidays.

I needed to pick the colors I wanted to assign to a range of temperatures. So I looked at the temperature for 2015 for my area. The biggest reason I did this is because I didn’t want to assign a color to a range of temperatures that I would never encounter where I live, which means I would never get to use the color. I also chose colors that would leave a little wiggle room at each end of my color spectrum to add new colors if it gets hotter or colder than the range I saw last year. For example, the hottest temperature on my range was 110°F, but it got up to 114°F back in June! So I added a new range and color.

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With all that in mind, I chose a rainbow spectrum of colors for my blanket and matched the yarn to that.

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The Pattern

Because the idea of the project is very open, I chose a pattern that was simple for me to remember. The stitches are ones for my Field Scarf pattern.

With the gauge 16 stitches by 16 rows making a 4×4 inch square and remembering that I would do one row per day, I was able to calculate how to make this blanket.

1. Ch 289.

2. Sc 1 in the 2nd from the hook. Dc 1 in the next. Repeat this across, sc 1, dc 1, etc. You’ll end with a dc. [This is 1 row]

3. Ch 1, turn. Begin with 1 sc and then do 1 dc. Repeat this across. [This is a new row, and a new day]

This is going to be a huge blanket! If my calculations are correct according my gauge, then this blanket should measure 72 inches wide by 91.5 inches long.

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Progress!

So what do I have so far? Well, after getting too distracted with other projects frequently, I only have my blanket done theough some of March. But it’s looking so pretty! *happy flails*

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I’ll keep you all updated as often as I can, so check back another time for more pictures of my blanket as it is being stitched up.

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Remember to leave me a comment or any questions below. And you can also find me on the Family Craft Studio facebook, instagram, tumblr, or pinterest pages. Happy crafting!

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