If you have ever wanted to make your own temperature blanket but simply didn’t have enough time, today’s project is for you. Temperature blankets have become a popular project for knitters and crocheters alike looking to create a unique and personalized project. The concept is simple, but due to the nature of temperature projects and the number of ways to easily customize them, no two will be the same.
While it’s not hard in theory to set up a temperature project and it seems like a good idea during the new year, the vast majority of us will simply not complete a whole project for an entire year. For one thing, temperature blankets are most on our minds right around the turn of the year. December 31st or the first of January comes around and naturally a lot of us wish that we had made a plan for this kind of a project, or stuck with the one that we started. Unfortunately, by the time we get back to it, finishing a temperature blanket can seem daunting, and before we’re done the novelty of the idea just might have worn off. What’s more, using a variety of different colors means that it can be quite difficult to fully estimate how much yarn we need, and running out of a needed color can discourage even the best crochet enthusiast.
So, while many of us love the idea of a temperature blanket, a lot of us appreciate the alternatives that don’t require such a large commitment of time and yarn. Thankfully, the project I’m going to share with you below is going to give you a beautiful and colorful option for a temperature project that can actually be made in about 10% or less of the time as your typical blanket!
Whether you want to quickly make a full temperature project for last year, or reach back and reflect on a significant year before that, making a smaller project like this will make it easy to feel like you’re not behind. Fast forwarding to now, this is a fantastic option if you like the idea of a wearable piece of temperature art, or just like the idea of easily making a temperature project for the current year in just a minute or two per day(really, that’s what it works out to!) No matter what kind of “temperature blanket” bug you have, creating this scarf gives you a much faster alternative than actually making a full temperature blanket.
Just in case this whole concept is new to you, let’s start with a quick overview of the temperature blanket project since that is still the most commonly known type of year-long projects for recording the temperature. Then, follow along with my free tutorial and I’ll give you the exact steps you can take to plan a great alteranative project-a c2c temperature scarf- in just a few minutes.
- What is a Temperature Blanket?
- Temperature Blanket Alternatives
- Personalization and Customization
- How to Crochet a C2C Temperature Scarf
- Video Tutorial for the C2C Crochet Temperature Scarf
- Maintenance and Care
- Final Thoughts
What is a Temperature Blanket?
A temperature blanket is a type of project where the crafter tracks the weather, often the high or high and low temperatures of each day, and then creates a project that records the temperatures in pre-determined colors for a set time period, often a whole year. The result is a beautiful and unique keepsake. The purpose of a temperature blanket is to create an interesting visual representation of the weather over a set period of time. Aside from being creative, the scientific side of a temperature blanket makes it different from most other kinds of projects.
Temperature blankets have become increasingly popular in recent years, with many crocheters and other crafters taking on the challenge of creating their own. The trend has spread across social media, with many sharing their progress and finished projects on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest. Layouts can range from simple rows to squares to c2c, with blankets recording everything from high or low temperatures, average temperatures, day length, or any combination of those and more. The practice of crocheting a little each day attracts many who want to be more consistent and even turn the daily temperature stitches into part of a routine for each day of the year. Some crafters choose to draw out their charts in advance for the project(if working on a past year), while others use digital tools and even automatic generators like the one I’ll share below to make it easy as possible to know what to crochet next and thus make it more likely that you’ll be able to stick with it.
Some knitters and crocheters like to start a new temperature project every January 1st, some make the effort to make one for a special year. Personally, for a long time I just wanted to make my own visual “temperature gauge” for the year just ONE time! Thankfully, the scarf project below allowed me to do just what I hadn’t been able to do with any temperature blanket crochet patterns.
Popular Stitch Patterns for Temperature Projects
If you’re looking for a stitch pattern to use for your temperature project, there are several popular options to choose from. One popular option is to make an entire blanket out of small granny squares, which is great for creating a patchwork-effect. Other popular options include the moss stitch, the linen stitch, or good old single crochet. One basic method is crocheting one row each day, resulting in a wide range of striped temperature blankets or other projects. You can also use a tunisian simple stich to track the temperature changes if you are familiar with that type of crocheting.
Temperature Blanket Alternatives
Temperature blankets are a popular project that involves using different colors of yarn to represent the temperature on a specific day. While temperature blankets are a fun way to track the weather, they may not be for everyone. Here are some temperature blanket alternatives to consider:
Instead of tracking temperature, consider tracking something else that changes over time, such as the stock market, sports scores, or even your mood. One example of this is a mood blanket where each color stripe coordinates with an emotion. This is a great way to track your mental health and create a beautiful blanket at the same time. If you’re not interested in making a blanket, there are other types of temperature projects you can try. For example, you can make a temperature shawl, a wall hanging, a temperature snake, . These projects are great for those who want to try a temperature project but don’t want to commit to a large blanket. Whatever type of crochet temperature project you want to create, the basic idea stays the same.
Color Palette Variations
While traditional temperature blankets use a range of colors to represent different temperatures, you can also experiment with different color palettes. For example, you can create a monochromatic temperature project using shades of blue, or a rainbow temperature project using all the colors of the rainbow.
Personalization and Customization
Temperature blankets are a fun way to track the weather throughout the year, but some crafters may want to add a personal touch to their projects. Fortunately, there are many ways to personalize and customize a temperature blanket to make it unique and special.
Incorporating Personal Events
One way to make a temperature blanket more personal is to incorporate significant events or milestones that occur throughout the year. For example, a crafter could use a different color to represent a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion. This can add a sentimental touch to the blanket and make it a cherished keepsake.
Another way to incorporate personal events is to use different stitches or patterns to represent different events. For example, a crafter could use a heart stitch to represent Valentine’s Day or a star stitch to represent the Fourth of July. This can add visual interest to the blanket and make it a conversation starter.
Custom Color Schemes
Another way to personalize a temperature blanket is to create a custom color scheme. While many temperature blankets use a standard rainbow color scheme, crafters can create their own unique color palette to match their personal style or home decor.
Crafters can use color theory to create a cohesive color scheme. For example, they could choose complementary colors or analogous colors to create a harmonious look. Alternatively, they could choose contrasting colors to create a bold and eye-catching blanket.
Crafters can also use different shades of the same color to create a gradient effect. This can add depth and dimension to the blanket and make it look more professional.
In conclusion, there are many ways to personalize and customize a temperature blanket to make it unique and special. By incorporating personal events and creating a custom color scheme, crafters can create a one-of-a-kind blanket that they will treasure for years to come.
While there are some truly beautiful temperature blankets out there and many different ways to
How to Crochet a C2C Temperature Scarf
Since the best laid plans to make a larger temperature project can often go awry, I was so excited to come up with this concept of a corner-to-corner crochet temperature scarf. I hope that it blesses you by giving you fun year-long crochet project or a way to whip up a full temperature project within a matter of days.
To make a temperature scarf like the one picturued(which we are about to walk through step-by-step) you will need just a few things:
- About 300 yards of chunky weight yarn( In chose to use 6 colors of Lion Brand’s “Hue and Me” yarn).
- K/6.5mm hook
In addition to your actual supplies, we’ll be using temperature-blanket.com to create our c2c scarf project. Yes, even though it has “blanket” in the name, this site makes it so easy to set up all kinds of temperature projects.
A note on your yarn: You actually don’t need to have your yarn picked out yet to follow this tutorial and plan out a temperature scarf for a previous year. As you’ll see if you watch the video below or do this for yourself, the site makes it very easy to pick colors of yarn within planning for your project. Even if you don’t use those exact yarns, you can get a good representation for the number and hues of color that you want to use. When you’re ready I would recommend just buying one skein of each color that you want to include.
Ready to dive in to this fun planning process? Let’s do it!
Choosing a Location
First, go to temperature-blanket.com and it will probably open right in the project planner. Start by searching for a location and selecting a city, region, or landmark. You can use your own location or choose a place that’s special to you.
Before Clicking the Button, make sure to set your time frame to 366 days. Yes, rather than generate this project for exaclty one year, you need one extra day. This is so that the numbers of our project wil work out and make it possible to end up with a scarf that has good proportions.
Once you’re done selecting your location and choosing your dates to make 366 days, click the search button.
Looking over the Weather Data
Once you’ve chosen your location, the weather data will show up with lots of details. You can certainly look this over as much as you’d like, but you can also skip right to the next step.
Choosing colors for your project
Now that you have your weather data, it’s time to choose your colors. You can choose any color scheme you like, but a popular option is to use a gradient of colors that correspond to different temperature ranges. For example, you could use shades of blue for colder temperatures, green for mild temperatures, and yellow for warmer temperatures.
At this time, the site will start by giving you a stereotypical rainbow of colors, but you can also choose to use more or fewer colors (I used 6).
The really nice thing is that your temperature ranges will automatically update to evenly distribute across the colors you choose(although you can tweak that as well if you’d like).
Lots of yarn options are shown when you want to choose your colorways. You can aim to find the exact yarns you will actually use OR just focus on finding similar colors in this step. It is so fun to play with!
These are the colors(in my exact yarn) that I chose for my temperature scarf:
The final step is where it all comes together.
Preview: Settings to Create a Scarf Project
In this final phase, here are lot of different project types that are supported. Use the corner to corner option for your scarf and set the line length to 1 and the dimensions to 6×61 squares.
Once you’ve entered all of your settings, this will generate a chart that you can use to start crocheting your temperature scarf. If using chunky yarn and a size K/6.5mm hook like I did, your scarf should turn out about 7″ wide and 74″ long. Pefect for a cozy statement scarf! When you’re finished, be sure to weave in any remaining ends and block your scarf if you’d like.
Tip: If you download your preview image as a png(the only option given on the page) there are actually NO grid lines to seperate the squares. Instead, I found it far more easy to use an image from a screenshot, cropping it to take out the extra space and then printing it with the highest quality settings that my printer would allow. If you want, you can also work on your project with the browser open in front of you.
Video Tutorial for the C2C Crochet Temperature Scarf
for a richer view of these directions and to see how it works in more detail, check out this video tutorial:
Maintenance and Care
Taking care of a temperature blanket or alternative is essential to prolong its lifespan and keep it looking its best. Here are some tips for maintaining and caring for your temperature blanket:
- Washing: Always check the care label before washing your temperature blanket. If it is machine washable, use a gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent. Avoid using fabric softeners as they can damage the fibers and affect the temperature readings. If your temperature blanket is handmade, it is best to hand wash it in cold water and lay it flat to dry.
- Drying: Never tumble dry your temperature blanket as it can cause shrinkage and damage the fibers. Instead, lay it flat on a clean, dry towel and reshape it to its original size and shape. Avoid hanging your temperature blanket to dry as it can stretch and distort the fibers.
- Storage: When not in use, store your temperature blanket in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid folding or compressing it for long periods of time as it can cause creases and affect the temperature readings.
- Repairs: If your temperature blanket gets damaged or torn, it is best to repair it as soon as possible to prevent further damage. If you are not comfortable making the repairs yourself, take it to a professional for repair.
By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your temperature blanket or alternative stays in great condition for years to come.
In conclusion, there are many temperature blanket alternatives available for those who are looking for something different. From mood blankets to rainfall blankets, there are plenty of options to choose from.
One thing to keep in mind when choosing an alternative is to make sure it is something that changes often and has a wide range. This will ensure that the finished product is interesting and visually appealing.
I hope you enjoyed this particular idea for a temperature scarf as a temperature blanket alternative! If you happen to make one of your own, feel free to reach out and let me know!
Keep the crocheting delightful(and colorful)