At the start of every new year, there is always a flurry about how to make a temperature blanket. Makers are beginning to draft “making resolutions” and plan crafty endeavors for the new year. Top of the list for many is starting and, more importantly, finishing, a Temperature Blanket.
Our friends at Ewe-Ewe Yarns have made making a temperature blanket even easier by putting together a fantastic Temperature Blanket Kit!
Keeping track of the local temperature is a cool way to knit a warm blanket. Use Ewe Ewe’s Temperature Blanket Yarn Kit to document the seasonal changes and create a uniquely striped throw for your home!
Want to make your own color combo? Simple choose your own palette of 12 skeins of Wooly Worsted.
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Wooly Worsted, 95 yards per 50g skein, 100% merino wool superwash yarn, #4 worsted weight
- 23 Red Velvet
- 20 Poppy
- 10 Berry
- 30 Saffron
- 40 Lemon Chiffon
- 45 Soft Sage
- 78 Sapphire
- 75 Sky Blue
- 83 Iris Blossom
- 85 Lavender
- 90 Vanilla
- 97 Brushed Silver
Everything you need to know about Temperature Blankets is inside the free 15-page Temperature Blanket How-To Guide from Stitch Scoop, including:
tips for preparing your project
customizable style guide
monthly temperature tracking printables.
Download the Temperature Blanket How-To Guide free PDF from Stitch Scoop. Their handy printable gives a full project overview, tips and tricks on how to knit your blanket. In addition, it also includes the full year of temperature tracking pages.
What is a Temperature Blanket?
A Temperature Blanket is a knit or crocheted blanket that documents the weather each day of the year (or any given period of time) with a stripe of color that coordinates with a specific temperature. The original project, created by The Tempestry Project, was a series of panels created to be a visual conversation about climate change. The panels tracked temperature in 5-degree increments, documenting warmer temperatures with reds, oranges, and yellow and colder temperatures with greens and blues.
The Temperature Blankets imagined by knitters and crocheters vary, but typically document the weather in 10-degree increments, and in traditional red is hot and blue is cold colorways. But as our guide will show you, your blanket journey is totally up to you!
Temperature Blanket Tips + Tricks
There is no one way to create a Temperature Blanket, but we offer some tips and tricks so you can create a blanket that you will have fun making and finishing.
COLOR PALETTE. While traditional Temperature Blankets will assign red to hot temps and blues to light temps, you can choose any palette you love. However, to capture the true essence of the project, make sure your colorways have some contrast.
SOLIDS VS. SPECKLES. We recommend solids since they lend consistency and contrast to your project. However, you may consider adding a speckled colorway to mark an unusual weather event (like a hurricane or snowstorm) or a special birthday. Check out Ewe Ewe Yarns’ Temperature Blanket Starter Bundle Yarn Kit for a palette of rainbow solids, or The Fiber Seed for those fun speckles you can add throughout.
TEMPERATURE COLORS. If you live in a climate that has four distinct seasons, you may want to assign colors in ten-degree increments (i.e. 80 – 89 is orange, 90-99 is red). But if you don’t see such temperature fluctuations, it’s okay to shorten your temperature increments to show off a more detailed view of your weather.
PICKING A TEMPERATURE. You want your blanket to have consistency. Therefore, before you start use the ‘Legend + Guide’ (it’s on page 3) in the Temperature Blanket How-To e-book to create a “style guide’ for your project. Where will you get your daily temperature reading? Will you use the high, low, or daily average? Alternatively, you can pick a specific time to record the temperature. However, no matter what temperature you pick to track, use the included monthly temperature tracking charts to keep track of the daily numbers. This will come in handy if you get behind in your knitting/crocheting.
PICKING A LOCATION. Will this blanket record the temperature of your city or will it record the temperatures of where you are that day (which could include the places you travel)? In fact, you could even track the temps of your favorite city that you’re longing to visit.
MAKE A SCHEDULE. A year-long blanket can become overwhelming, so create a realistic making schedule. Choose to knit a stripe a day, a week’s worth of stripes on Sunday, or whatever works for you.
PATTERN CHOICE. There are many blanket options available – everything from stripes to granny squares (see the Pattern Ideas on Page 2 of the guide or on Ravelry Bundle here). However, if you’re not ready to commit to a blanket, pick a scarf instead!
*information courtesy of Stitch Scoop