Happy 2020 my friends! January kicks off our Temperature Blanket CAL/KAL! I have enjoyed looking at these kinds of projects, and I am ecstatic to be starting this one with you! Have you heard of temperature projects? They are a great way to make blankets, scarves, shawl, etc. that is completely unique to you! It’s like a physical representation of your life in yarn! FUN!!
Temperature projects start at the first of the year. Each day we will work two color stripes, so at the end of the year you have a finished project. The colors you work is based on the highest and lowest temperatures of the day. Easy peasy, right?
Here is the break down to prepare:
- Choose if you want to crochet or knit, you can always do both. (I will be posting a guide for both on January 3, 2020, be sure to visit here!)
- Choose your yarn, color palette and assign a temperature range to each color. (See my palettes below.)
- (Highly Recommended) Download a weather app, bookmark weather.com, or grab your journal to jot down the temperature daily.
- Follow the hashtag #ACTEMPPROJECT2020 to see everyone’s progress. Don’t forget to post and tag your own WIPs throughout 2020!
Here’s a brief summary of how we are going to do it in 2020
- We are going to make a gorgeous crochet blanket and a beautiful knit cowl.
- We will do two rows per day, first row average high, second row average low. Alternatively, you could do both rows in one color for the average daily temperature.
- If you get a few weeks behind, you can easily catch up, as the rows are quick and easy to whip up.
- I will provide monthly updates on the progress of the blanket and cowl throughout the year. At the very end of the year, we will review the whole year and add a simple edging if you wish!
- Important to Note: my chart is in degrees Fahrenheit. However, you can adjust yours to Celsius if you would like.
- Please adjust accordingly to your area of the world, if you live in a warmer region, your chart will have different ranges.
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I have put together some handy tools to help you keep everything together and completely organized as you go.
Basic Material Requirements
What colors? Typically, temperature projects are worked in a rainbow of colors with whites and blues indicating the coldest colors and orange and reds indicating the highest temps. I have put together a color palette using Red Heart Super Saver/With Love and Caron Simply Soft (shown below).
You can work with my suggested colors or select your own yarns and colors!
My Yarn ~ Crochet Blanket
Iced Aqua 11-20°
Bright Yellow 61-70°
Perfect Pink 71-80°
Cherry Red 91-100°+
I decided to use Caron Simply Soft for the Temperature Cowl so it would be a little lighter and have a decent amount of rows.
My Yarn ~ Knit Cowl
Robins Egg 21-30°
Charcoal Heather 56-70°
Dark Country Blue 71-80°
Baby Sunshine 81-90°
Autumn Red 91-100°+
The amount of yarn you will need in each color will alter depending on the temperature in your area. The finished size of your blanket and/or cowl will also vary on your yarn and gauge.
Hook and Notions
Size Hook: I (5.5mm), scissors, stitch markers and blunt needle, tape measure
Color Swatch – Want to make one? Check out my video tutorial! You can even go HERE to find out how I made mine.
Another great tool I’m using to stay on track and organized is a calendar, you can customize and print one for yourself for free HERE. This is such a life saver for recording daily temperatures and notating the colors needed.
If you are making both the temperature crochet blanket and the knit cowl, I highly recommend you print a calendar for each project. It will help out a lot when keeping track of your progress.
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For assistance and sharing your progress
- Join the American Crochet Group on Facebook!
- Share your progress on Instagram using #ACTEMPPROJECT2020
- Join the American Crochet Ravelry Group
Temperature Blanket & Cowl Check In Links
December 1 – Check In
December 27 – Edging
December 31 – Last Check In
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