Temperature blankets are not a new concept but something that seems to be an ever popular project for knitters and crocheters to pick up. Let’s walk through what a temperature blanket is and break down all of the details you need to consider before getting started. No matter when you are reading this post you aren’t too late to get started for this year, learn how you can ‘catch up’ on the days that you missed and more.
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What is a Temperature Blanket
Temperature blankets are a snap shot of the weather over a given time period in a given area. They can be knit or crochet and there is no standard stitch pattern to be used.
Many times people will work one row for each day of the year. This would result in 365 rows of your blanket. Throughout the blanket you can mark special days, like birthdays or anniversaries, with special yarn or by holding a second novelty yarn for that day. Temperature blankets are supposed to be a glance at a particular time of your life.
Work the temperature of your hometown, your favorite vacation spot or that of a family member or friend. Only you, and those you tell, will know what special place you are recording. No matter what location you use, you are sure to have a beautiful project at the end to cherish.
Does it have to be a blanket
Before you get overwhelmed by the thought of making a blanket for 365 days consider making a smaller project. Try making a scarf or pillow. You may need to adjust the stitch pattern that you pick and how you work your days but they would be beautiful.
If you want to work on a smaller project try keeping a record of the weekly average instead of the daily average for your project.
How to stay in love with your blanket
I can understand why people fall out of love with their temperature blankets. Working the same stitch through the whole project and changing your colors can loose its shine after a while. So how can you stay interested in this project for an ENTIRE year?
Try using a non traditional pattern for your project. Rather than working row after row try making a blanket out of squares or strips to keep you engaged. Another great idea is to grab a friend to work on the project. Working with someone else will help keep you motivated.
Tracking the temperature each day can be a challenge. If you don’t make it a habit you might forget to record some days. Don’t worry, I have a tool to help you will missed dates below.
What should you keep track of your information on? You can use a calendar and write the temperature down, or another piece of paper. The trouble with this is that you then need to figure out what color you will use for each day. This becomes a manual process.
I know that keeping track of the temperature would be one hold up for me. I put Katelyn on the task of coming up with an easier way. Katelyn LOVES spreadsheets and can make amazing things happen with them. She has put together a sheet for us to use where you only have a few pieces of information to enter and it will tell you what color you need to use each day.
Why is this a game changer? First, all of your information is one spot, online, so you can’t loose it! Second, you can save a few days to work all at once and you don’t have to take the time to figure out what color each day falls into! How AWESOME is that!!!
Want to grab this AMAZING temperature blanket tracker? Just use the button below to get access to the document. Make sure that you download a version to your own computer/Google Docs. There will be many people accessing this document and I would hate for you to loose your information.