What Exactly is a Temperature Blanket?

One of my favorite things about cooler weather is being able to snuggle up with a cozy blanket to sit by the fire, watch a movie, read a book, or cuddle with one of my kids.  Snuggling with a blanket that I made makes things even better.

Have you heard of a temperature blanket?  Until last year I had not, but the idea intrigued me and I decided to give it a try.  Temperature blankets make the task of crocheting a huge blanket a little less daunting because you only crochet one row per day.  Each day’s temperature/weather is “documented” by the color of yarn used to make that day’s row.    

Here in Tucson, we had some very unusual weather this year.  Not only did we have snow in late winter (which rarely happens), but we also had the third wettest monsoon season on record which is going to make my blanket extra special.  What does the weather have to do with a blanket?  Let me tell you how it works:

Colors

The first step to making a temperature blanket is deciding what colors to use and what temperature range they are going to represent.  This is entirely up to you and the choices you make will be based on where you live.  Once you select your colors, you need to make a “key” that shows what color yarn you will use to represent each temperature range.  You can also designate a color to rainy days and a different color to snowy days.  You can even select a fun color to represent “special occasion days” such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc.  It is important to list the temperature range as well as the name of the yarn color on your key so you can be sure to remember what to buy if you run out of a skein.  It is also important to use the same type of yarn for each color so that your stitches stay the same size throughout the blanket (something I learned the hard way in my early years of teaching myself to crochet).

Stitch, Pattern, & Size

Again, this is entirely up to you.  If you are new to crochet, you may want to keep it simple by using a single crochet.  I was feeling ambitious and tried a stitch that was new to me- granny stripe.  You can use any type of stitch that appeals to you!  The same goes with the size.  I made a chain and laid it out on the ground until it looked like it was a good snuggle-blanket size.

Now the fun begins!  Each row you add is based off of that day’s high temperature (or rain, snow,…). You can crochet one row a day, you can write down the high temperature everyday and then play catchup on the weekends, or you can be like me and fall a month behind and play catchup for a week.  However you decide to tackle this project, it’s sure to be one of your favorites.

Happy Crocheting!

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