I’ve just started knitting a temperature blanket. It’s late January, 2017 and you’re all invited to join me. I’ve had lots of knitting ideas and thought this one could be fun. We can even post our progress on my Knitters Digest forum but more about that later. See below Progress Reports and Updates
What is A Temperature Blanket And How Do You Knit One?
Great question. A temperature blanket is an easy knitting project that you knit over a year. All you do is knit one row per day for a year in a color that matches the temperature in your area. What colours you use will vary depending on the climate where you live.
Here’s my temperature chart so you get an idea of what I mean. If you’d like to find other charts you can Google temperature blanket charts and you’ll find lots to work with or you can look up a temperature chart for you specific area and use that.
There’s a great website, wunderground.com and you can search for the temperatures in your area. Just find out what the highest temperature is for the day and knit the color for the temperature.
You decide what temperature increments and colours you want to use. For instance my temperature chart is in 5 degree increments on the Celsius scale that is, but you can do whatever you like.
I tried to use colors associated with the weather like red for hot and blue for cold. So far I’m using eight colours but still might add one or two more.
Here’s the colors I chose. Just remember that it’s your temperature blanket so work out the colors the way you like it.
It’s best to use a very basic stitch pattern for your temperature blanket like Garter stitch or something else that’s very simple. This way it’ll show off the stripes better. I’m using Garter stitch because I want this to be incredibly simple. And for beginners, knitting a simple stitch pattern will make learning to knit a blanket so much easier.
Here’s what I’ve done so far.
How To Knit A Blanket Without A Knitting Pattern
Knitting blankets can be fun and easy to knit. If knitting gauge isn’t too important and this isn’t, here’s how to get started knitting a Garter stitch blanket.
- Pick out some knitting yarn and check out the knitting gauge on the yarn label. (I made a page on reading a yarn label in case you’re not sure)
- Figure out how wide you’d like to knit your blanket.
- Multiply the gauge that’s on the yarn label by the width size you want for your blanket. Example: Gauge is 4.5 sts per inch X 40 inches wide = 180 sts to cast on.
- You’ll need to use a circular knitting needle about 29 – 32 inches long to hold all those stitches.
- Now that you have the amount of stitches to cast on simply knit every row until you reach the desired length you want.
How Much Knitting Yarn Do You Need?
There is a website called Jimmy Beans Wool and they have a terrific calculator to estimate the amount of yarn you’ll need for many different knitting projects including blankets. The great thing is I’ve got a link for it on my sidebar on the right. Just click it and it’ll take you to the calculator. It’s a great knitting tool to have and I thought you’d all enjoy it too.
To start off with I’d get one or two balls of yarn for each color. There will be some colours you use more often than others so you’ll have to gauge it. For instance I bought only one ball of each for now but I’m getting low on two colors so I’ll order more. And remember that once the season changes so will the yarn for that time.
If you’re worried about the store running out of colors, keep in mind that you’ll probably be able to find a similar color even if it isn’t the same dye lot. There are loads of knitting yarns to choose from and as long as it’s the same thickness you’re good to go.
My Temperature Blanket Knitting Pattern
Materials: Cascade 220 Superwash Wool
Gauge: 5 sts and 10 rows = 1 inch
Needles: Circular Needle Size US 9 (5.5mm)
Size: Approximately 60 X 70 inches
Note: I want to make sure my temperature blanket will be long enough so I decided to knit two rows per day instead of one. I’m working towards a blanket size of 60 inches wide and over 70 inches long. If I only knit one row it will only end up being about 36 inches long and I want a snugly one.
Cast on 300 stitches
With color of the day knit Garter stitch to end of row.
Continue knitting Garter stitch everyday and changing colors when necessary for the temperature.
One Extra Note: If you’re not into knitting blankets you could always knit a temperature scarf instead using the same concept.
Temperature Blanket Progress Report July 2017
Hi everyone, how’s it going? How are you doing with your temperature blankets? It has been really busy around here for me. I’ve been working hard on my website and I have three knitting projects on the go so it’s kind of crazy. Of course I’m loving every minute of it. It’s just busy.
It’s summertime here in BC Canada and it’s difficult to pick up my wool temperature blanket and start knitting so I can’t lie I’m a little behind. I’ll get back on track though. I do enjoy the nice bright colors.
I’ve made some color changes to my blanket too. I didn’t like that blue so I took it out and used purple instead. Here’s another temperature chart but without the numbers on them. You can fill in the temperatures the way you like or use the temperatures from the chart above.
It’s just over 3 feet long now. I decided to include a two row stitch pattern at the beginning of each month. I’m not completely sold on the idea but it’s too late to change it now. So far I’ve added twisted garter stitch, bamboo stitch, seed stitch, broken rib, Stockinette, and a beautiful stitch pattern that I don’t know the name of but I saw it on my Facebook page and just had to try it..haha
I sure love the squishy feel of the garter stitch.
Well I hope you’re all doing well with your temperature blankets and I’ll be in touch in a couple of months. Keep going everyone. I understand how one can lose interest in a year-long knitting project but don’t give up. Just think how nice it will be to have a lovely knit blanket when you’re all done.
Progress Reports and Updates
If you’d like to join me in knitting a temperature blanket please feel free to join me on my Forum. It’s totally free to join and then we’ll be able to share our progress.
I’ll also keep you updated right here too so you can see how my blanket is coming along.
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