Ever since last year, after knitting 4 baby blankets, I’ve been looking for my next big project. Something I’ve been coming across a lot recently on Instagram is temperature blankets and thought that this would be a really cool project. However, I see a lot of people doing them just for the year, and if I’m going to take on a project this large, I want it to be significant.
Then it hit me! Why not do one for Egon’s first year of life?
What is a Temperature Blanket?
The basic idea behind a temperature blanket is you knit or crochet one row a day for a year. You change the rows’ colours based
I’ve seen variations off this such as adding in sparkly crochet thread for special days, or adding in a white yarn for days it snows, but I plan on just doing a simple blanket with just one colour for each day.
For my blanket, I chose to do it in a mixture of Caron Simply Soft and Red Heart Soft. It’s worth mentioning that I did screw up when purchasing the yarn, and I did buy one colour in Red Heart Soft Essentials which is a Bulky (5) weight yarn whereas everything else is Medium (4) weight. However, I’m choosing to roll with the punches on this mistake and am in hopes that it’ll make for a nice textural contrast when those rows come up. Lesson learnt kids, don’t buy yarn while incredibly sick (this was done the same day I went to the walk-in for my sinus infection). I chose to
I’m keeping it simple and just doing an easy seed stitch. I cast on 305 stitches and am just knit, purl, knit, purl, knitting to the end. At the end of each row, I cut and then add in the next row. Instead of weaving in all the ends, I’m tying them off in groups of three to form a fringe.
Keeping Track of the Everything
I got a lot of inspiration from Twenty Something Granny and I chose to use the following temperatures:
Fall- Daily Average
Winter- Daily Low
Spring- Daily Average
Summer- Daily High
As I’m knitting a row a day with many colour changes, I needed to find an easy way of keeping track of the temperatures and colours. For this, I figured a spreadsheet would be the easiest course of action. On a Google Sheets document, I listed the months along the top and the days down the side. Then I blacked out the days that aren’t in each
Along the side of this chart, I created my gauge. I decided to change colours every 7.5C with the exception of the coldest temperatures. I knew I had to go as low as -23C, but there really wasn’t many days that fell into the range below -15C, and certainly nothing close to that -23 day, so I decided to expand it to be just a little bit larger. As you can see, even with the expanded range, I still don’t have many days that colours.
Blanket So Far
As you can see, I’ve only just started to make into mid November, so I have quite a ways to go. Right now, I’m estimating it’ll be approximately 4’5″ x 7’5″… plenty big enough for Egon as he grows. I get excited every time I move into a new range of temperatures, and I’m loving watching the colours manipulate and change as I go. I’m going to be at this a while, so I’ll update you all as it continues to form. ❤