I've just started knitting a temperature blanket. It's late January, 2017 and you're all invited to join me. I've had lots of knitting ideas and thought this one could be fun. We can even post our progress on my Knitters Digest forum but more about that later. See below Progress Reports and Updates
Great question. A temperature blanket is an easy knitting project that you knit over a year. All you do is knit one row per day for a year in a color that matches the temperature in your area. What colours you use will vary depending on the climate where you live.
temperature chart so you get an idea of what I mean. If you'd like to
find other charts you can Google temperature blanket charts and
you'll find lots to work with or you can look up a temperature chart
for you specific area and use that.
There's a great website, www.wunderground.com and you can search for the temperatures in your area. Just find out what the highest temperature is for the day and knit the color for the temperature.
You decide what
temperature increments and colours you want to use. For instance my
temperature chart is in 5 degree increments on the Celsius scale that
is, but you can do whatever you like.
I tried to use colors associated with the weather like red for hot and blue for cold. So far I'm using eight colours but still might add one or two more.
Here's the colors I chose. Just remember that it's your temperature blanket so work out the colors the way you like it.
It's best to use a very basic stitch pattern for your temperature blanket like Garter stitch or something else that's very simple. This way it'll show off the stripes better. I'm using Garter stitch because I want this to be incredibly simple. And for beginners, knitting a simple stitch pattern will make learning to knit a blanket so much easier.
Here's what I've done so far.
Knitting blankets can be fun and easy to knit. If knitting gauge isn’t too important and this isn't, here’s how to get started knitting a Garter stitch blanket.
To start off with I'd get one or two balls of yarn for each color. There will be some colours you use more often than others so you'll have to gauge it. For instance I bought only one ball of each for now but I'm getting low on two colours so I'll order more.
If you're worried about the store running out of colors, keep in mind that you'll probably be able to find a similar color even if it isn't the same dye lot. There's loads of knitting yarns to choose from and as long as it's the same thickness you're good to go.
Materials: Cascade 220 Superwash
Gauge: 5 sts and 10 rows = 1 inch
Needles: Circular Needle Size US 9 (5.5mm)
Size: Approximately 50 X 70 inches
Note: I want to make sure my temperature blanket will be long enough so I decided to knit two rows per day instead of one. I'm working towards a blanket size of 50 inches wide and over 70 inches long. If I only knit one row it will only end up being about 36 inches long and I want a snuggly one.
Cast on 250 stitches
With color of the day knit Garter stitch to end of row.
Continue knitting Garter stitch everyday and changing colors when necessary for the temperature.
One Extra Note: If you’re not into knitting blankets you could always knit a temperature scarf instead using the same concept.
If you'd like to join me in knitting a temperature blanket please feel free to join me on my Knitters Digest forum. It's totally free to join and then we'll be able to share our progress. I'll be making a post about this in the forum in the next few days.
I'll also keep you updated right here too so you can see how my blanket is coming along.