Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 Temperature Blanket

Wow! I haven't posted to this blog in over a year. Time just goes by so quickly. Well, one of my New Year's Resolutions is to get my act together and restart posting my projects.

To that end, I'm starting this year off with a fun activity - a Temperature Blanket for the year 2016. What is that you ask? It's a blanket you make, choosing a for each row based on the temperature each day over the course of the entire year.

The first thing I did was come up with an overall range of temperatures and assign a color per 10° range.

In order to make sure that my overall range made sense, I first looked back at the temperatures in my area for the previous year. I used the U.S. Climate Data website to pull the historical data into an excel spreadsheet, then I averaged the high and low temperatures given for each day. I made the minimum and maximum averages over the year the ends of my temperature chart and created smaller ranges of 10° in between.

Next it was time to assign colors to those 10° ranges. Some people use colors typically associated with hot for the higher temperatures and cold for the lower temperatures. I decided to use something similar, mimicking the colors of a rainbow. Remember the acronym ROYGBIV? Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.

Using that type of scale, I just picked colors I liked and put them in order. Here's my temperature chart that I created:


I am using Red Heart Super Saver yarn and chose the following colors:

70°F and above - Cherry Red
60° to 69°F - Pumpkin
50° to 59°F - Cornmeal
40° to 49°F - Honeydew
30° to 39°F - Jade
20° to 29°F - Real Teal
10° to 19°F - Lavender
9°F and below - Amethyst


You can choose your colors any way that pleases you. Be a rebel! Pick your colors however you want! This is YOUR blanket.

Now it's time to keep track of your daily temperature. I am using the average temperature for the day that is recorded on the Wunderground website. Every day, I look up the temperature from the day before and record it on an excel file. Here's a copy of what I started to keep track over the year:


Setting up this type of excel file is very easy to do to keep a record of each row you crochet or knit. 

Lastly, it's time to figure out a pattern. Of course, you could just make a blanket using a simple stitch, but I wanted to have a cool design in addition to the color by temperature concept. Since I crochet, I checked out Ravelry for afghan patterns that seemed simple enough but looked fun to make.

The pattern I decided on is the Groovyghan.

You are welcome to use whatever pattern you want! A few others I had been considering were these:

Sea Wave Afghan
Super Simple Throw
Textured Random Striped Blankie
Granny Stripes
Blackberry Salad Striped Afghan

I've created an event on my Purple Kitty Facebook page for anyone that would like to join in the fun with me and other crafters. Come CAL/KAL with us!

Here's the progress of my own temperature blanket today:

19 comments:

  1. Love the idea. Since I live in the middle of the Mojave Desert, I'll have to adjust the temperature scale. In the summer the averages are sometimes over 120 degrees.

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    1. I live in Phoenix and have been struggling.. What gauge did you come up with?

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  2. Could you please tell me how many stitches you started your blanket with?

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    1. It's a stumbling block to getting started for me.. thank you!

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    2. I started with 220 chains. I figured that would work well with 366 rows of s c. Hope this helps!

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  3. Any suggestions for a knitting pattern?

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    1. I just looked through patterns available on Ravelry and picked something I liked. I'd start there looking for a knitting pattern.

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  4. I also started one, going to be a stash buster, have lots of left over yarn, so have 5 degree increments on temps. Also only making in lapghan size, as I figured doing just one would be huge. Using a baby wave pattern, I figure to have 4-6 lapghans by then end of the year to donate to a nursing home or other good cause.

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  5. I'm not sure whether I'm going to strt one or not, but to be on the safe side, I have made mine out to be 12 levels of degrees because it goes below zero here on one end of the temperature scale to the other end of the highs over 100 degrees in the summer (with the humidity)where it's just awful but if it is as cool as it was last year, there won't be too manuy reds and pinks in mine, but sure to be interesting no matter what it looks like with all the different variations in the temperatures around the world or across the USA.

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    1. I wasn't sure how to leave my name, so it's Lisa A. Hayes (per Facebook).

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  6. I am enjoying your blog please keep it up. I have signed up for your newsletter and am looking forward to starting some new projects with your patterns

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  7. I'm direly need branded cabled weather stations for my project.But I am not getting from where I can have the best quality at a fair price? Can you please suggest me any?

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  8. I am looking to start a temperature blanket, but realized with 365 rows of any stitch, this is going to be way too long for a blanket! Unless I'm just missing something..... Who wants a 15 foot long blanket????

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    1. You can always average the week and have 52 rows, or just do weekend temps and have 104...
      Really decide on how many rows and then adjust/ pick how many days of the week to measure.

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    2. I used a linen stitch (sc, ch 1) with a size G hook. My blanket ended up being just the right size for a double or queen sized-bed. NOT 15 feet long, lol!
      If I could post a pic here, I would.

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    3. and that was with 366 (leap year) rows! :)

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