How To Make A Temperature Blanket
As the year draws to a close, 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. Chatter of this epic project is common this time of year, so we break down how to make a temperature blanket, including tips to preparing your project, general guidelines, pattern suggestions, and free printables to help guide you through the process.
While we give you all the info below, you can also find all of the information in our free e-book linked below. Inside the 15-page printable, find tips and tricks for success, project suggestions, and temperature tracker sheets for all 12-months of the year.
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.
Today’s versions, the ones that have been imagined by knitters and crocheters, vary in their parameters, typically choosing 10-degree increments and not always in traditional red is hot and blue is cold colorways.
Temperature Blanket Tips and Tricks
There is no one way to create a weather-tracking project, 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 are Team Solids since they lend consistency and contrast to your project. But you might want to consider adding a speckled colorway to mark an unusual weather event like a hurricane or snowstorm.
- 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, so before you start make some house rules. Where will you get your daily temperature reading? Will you use the high, low, or daily average? Or you can pick a specific time to record the temperature. Our free e-book comes with printable weather recording charts so you can keep track of the day’s highs, lows, or whatever temperature you pick.
- PICKING A LOCATION. Will this blanket record the temperature of your city or will it record the temperatures you experience?
- 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 our Pattern Ideas) – but if you’re not ready to commit to a blanket, pick a scarf instead!
- KNIT-ALONG. Accountability is key during a year-long project, so find a friend or KAL to keep you inspired.
Temperature Blanket Project Ideas
Whether you knit or crochet, there is no one project you have to make. Pick a project that you will love to make and will see through to the end of the year. Click on a link below to see some project ideas on Ravelry (you can also find the patterns in our Ravelry Bundle) or you might be inspired to make one of these Mini Skein Patterns fit your project.
Whatever pattern you pick, in whatever yarn you choose, be inspired to cast on this ultimate memory blanket so you can remember 2021 in a most unique way!