First Year of Life Temperature Blanket

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 off temperature changes, usually any variation usually of 5-10 degrees. This is an easy project to do for any period of time as you can easily find the temperatures online using your local weather service’s Historical Data page. (I’m Canadian, so I use the Government of Canada’ Weather page here.)

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.

The Yarn

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 do a range of blues and greys because despite doing most of Egon’s stuff in bright aquas and limes, I figure this colour scheme will grow well with him. Being totally honest, I probably won’t be giving him this blanket until he is much older.

The Pattern

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 months (such as the 29th to 31st in February). I did put a thicker border around the days that the season changes on as a way to remind myself to change how I record the temperature.

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.

I list the temperatures for each day, then bold them as I complete each row.

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. ❤

Going to be at this for a while, but definitely a labour of love. 💕

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