The internet is buzzing with temperature blanket ideas, because it’s this time of the year! If you don’t know what temperature blanket is, or if you want to start one, but need more guidance on the topic – just keep reading!
What is Temperature Blanket?
This kind of blanket is a representation of the temperatures throughout the year, thanks to color key created beforehand. Each row or module, depending on the style one chooses, represents one day or week of the year. Particular temperature ranges have distinct colors associated with them, so that you always know which color to use. The final arrangement of colors is unpredictable, and that’s why making it is so much fun!
Below you can see a lovely project by Burgundy and Blush, as well as color key with yarn swatches.
What do I need to start?
Do I record highs, lows, or average?
How to make the color key?
Do I have to do the rainbow?
Which stitch should I use?
I don’t want to track temperature, but I like the idea. What should I do?
It’s already the new year and I haven’t got anything planned yet. Can I join anyway?
talking about stitches…
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Every year there are new exciting projects around this topic, sprouting like fresh leaves. Below I’ve found the most beautiful ones, which hopefully will make you inspired to try them. Most of them are based on free crochet patterns, so read carefully. Links to these patterns, as well as author’s pages are always linked under the photos.
Make it… Row by Row
2021 Temperature Blanket Colorway by Hobbydingen
Let’s start with a classic – granny stripe stitch and a lovely, extensive colorway planned by Ingrid & Marjan of Hobbydingen. With this variety of hues you can be sure that each day will look different, but the colors still need to complement each other. They are all going to be a part of the same project, after all, right?
Go to hobbydingen.com for more informations about this project. If you want, check out my free tutorial on how to crochet Granny Stripe Stitch, or check out my other post about this fantastic technique.
Muted Crochet Temperature Blanket by Burgundy and Blush
Crocheter behind Burgundy and Blush came up with the loveliest color palette, because it’s soft and lively at the same time. Warm and cold hues are nicely visible, but it’s not classic rainbow color scheme. Take a look at the photo below and see how versatile such moss stitch blanket can be.
Be sure to go to burgundyandblush.co.uk to read more about this beautiful project. If you want to learn moss stitch, which is visible in the photos, go to my article about it – Moss Stitch a.k.a Linen Stitch Crochet Ideas – free patterns are linked inside!
Havana Afghan CAL Version by RavenMeer
Author of this mesmerizing project proved that you can work with complicated patterns in unpredictable colorways, too. Interlocking of rows creates this magical structure, so you can be sure that it will be far from boring. Cold and warm colors are vivid and vibrant, and the final effect is rather ethnic – just take a look at the photos below!
- photos by RavenMeer on Ravelry
Crochet pattern for Havana Afghan CAL by Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir is available to purchase directly from Ravelry. If you want to learn more about this style of crocheting, check out my article about Apache Tears – you will find free patterns inside.
Tunisian Crochet Temperature Blanket by Toni Lipsey
If you want to try something different, go for Tunisian Crochet, because it’s easy to learn and looks great. Knit-like structure is very cosy, and the pattern looks much more interesting than in classic “row by row” temperature blankets. As you can see below, Toni went for four long stripes for each quarter of the year, and joined them together at the end.
- photos by Toni Lipsey on Ravelry
Make it… Tile by Tile
2020 Temperature Tile Blanket Version by loopysue
Don’t like the look of unevenly striped blankets? No pressure! You can easily go for tiles, if you want, just like Loopysue did with her fantastic project. Take a look below and see the array of ornamental tiles, each of which represents a week of 2020.
- photos by loopysue on Ravelry
2020 Temperature Blanket by sarag956
Why not use classic granny squares? If each of them will have seven rows in it, you can fit each day of the week into one granny square. Then make another, and another, so that you have 52 of them at the end of the year! Below you can see a rich color version by sarag956.
To make similar blanket, you can use free pattern for Magic Pink Granny Square Blanket by Emma Connelly.
2020 Highs and Lows Temperature Blanket by apricotpolkadot
Now this is an explosion of colors, right? Just look at the photos! If you want something rich and playful, go for this pattern. Squared dots represent each day’s highest and lowest temperature, so that’s even more color combinations for you. Crocheter behind apricotpolkadot really created a showstopper!
Make it… Block by Block
Thorofare Temperature Blanket by Wyldflower Crochet
After rows and tiles, it’s time to talk about hexagons! As you can see in the photos below, they are great for creating modern and unexpected patterns. Heather behind Wyldflower Crochet used an interesting yarn, too, so be sure to check out her blog post about it – I linked it below!
Heather’s blog post about this project is available on wyldflowercrochet.com. To make similar blanket, you can use free crochet pattern for #sharethecrochetloveflower by Samantha Dee, or any other basic hexagon pattern.
2020 Temperature Blanket by kaz_hall
Remember that you can incorporate two or more hues in one hexagon, like kaz_hall did! Just take a peek at the photo – doesn’t it look great? The final result is mindblowing, but shows the temperature fluctuations quite nicely. If you are a fan of statement pieces, this blanket will be right up your alley!
If you are looking for a free pattern, Lockdown Blanket by Potter & Bloom has the same vibe!
2018 Mesmerize Hexagon Temperature Blanket by crochet-hello
If you are going for hexagons in your project, why not make it even more magical and choose the design with a flower motif? What you can see in the photos is a stunning blanket by crochet-hello, in which each tile is unique. Some look like flowers, some like snowflakes, but all look like a big colorful meadow!
- photos by crochet-hello on Ravelry
This project is based on Mesmerize Hexagon Motif by Atty van Norel.
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