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Temperature Blanket – Fun Knitting Project Idea

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 knitting 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.

temperature blanket chart

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.

temperature blanket beginningsHow 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.

  1. 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)
  2. Figure out how wide you’d like to knit your blanket.
  3. 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.
  4. You’ll need to use a circular knitting needle about 29 – 32 inches long to hold all those stitches.
  5. 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.

temperature blanket chart


And here is my temperature blanket as of July 2017


temperature blanket

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.

Temperature Blanket Progress Report – December 2017

Hi everyone, I posted my temperature blanket update right here and didn’t want you to miss it plus I did mention that you’d be updated on this page too.  Just so you know I ended up getting behind but I explained why in my post.

temperature blanket update

I’m still working away on it and it is coming along. I just love the colors and it’s a pretty little thing.  You can read all about how much I’ve done in the post and why I’m so behind.

If you’re still working on your temperature blanket keep at it. It will be so lovely when you’re all done.  Happy knitting!

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.

Happy Knitting

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35 thoughts on “Temperature Blanket – Fun Knitting Project Idea

  1. I just started one for my daughter’s birthday, March 7. I journal every day and I always record the temperature high and low so easy to go back and pick up a few days. I’ve chosen my yarn, done my sample swatch and have the first three rows done. Will finish it up on March 6, 2019, the lord willing and the creek don’t rise! Forgot to buy a long circular needle so started with five double-ended. Not easy. Must get back to the yarn shop! I’m going to use the average temperature within a 10 degree range, Fahrenheit.
    I’m using #8 needles, worsted weight washable wool blend, stockinette stitch because I want each row to show. Goal size is a medium-largish lap quilt.

    1. Hi Carol. Your blanket sounds lovely although I would definitely switch to a circular knitting needle. 5 DPN’s sounds really awkward to work with. Wow you’re very ambitious to even try that. Happy Knitting! 🙂

  2. When knitting in garter stitch and changing colors, if you are just doing one row of the garter stitch, you get the new color on the wrong side. My student doesn’t like that. Is there any way to avoid that?

    1. Hello Arlene. I understand what you mean and I didn’t want that either on my blanket so I decided to knit two rows. Make the first row the right side and the 2nd row the wrong side. Always add a new color on the right side and it won’t show until you turn the blanket over. If you have a look at the picture of my blanket I have the right side showing but if you were to turn it over you’ll see all the new colors joined on the wrong side. You don’t necessarily have to knit two rows for every day but you will want to make sure to join a new color on a right side row. I hope this helps. Happy Knitting! 🙂

  3. How far are you into it and how long is it? I’m doing one right now and thought to do two rows for each day but I’m terrified of how long it will be! Using US10/5.75mm circular needles.

    1. Hi Katie. Oh dear, please don’t worry. The best thing to do is check your knitting gauge on your blanket and find out how many rows you’re getting per inch. Or check the yarn label and see what the suggested row gauge is for the yarn you’re using. If you were to do one row a day for a year you’ll have 365 rows of knitting right? So divide 365 by the row gauge, say its 5 rows per inch. 365 divided by 5 = 73 inches. Chances are if you’re using a thicker yarn then one row per day will be plenty. I hope this helps Katie, Happy Knitting! 🙂

  4. My sister and I live at opposite ends of England, she in North Devon and me in Teesside. We have both decided to knit temperature blankets. I began mine with a white sparkly wool and knit two rows each day in moss stitch (seed stitch?). I’ve also decided to use a sparkly grey wool for special occasions i.e. birthdays. Quite pleased with the results so far for January.

    1. Hello Christine. Your blanket sounds lovely and I just love moss stitch (seed? haha). That’s a great idea about a different color wool for special occasions. It sounds so pretty. Have fun with it Christine. Happy Knitting!

  5. Hi, I have purchase my yarn and am still deciding on what pattern to do….after reading all the remarks I believe I will just do the garter stitch and the eyelet on Sunday. I purchased a pretty charcoal gray for the border and between the months. I like that better than black it is a softer color. My yarn requires a size 6 needle so I will be doing 2 rows per day.
    My blanket needs to fit my niece who is 6’2″….I am recording the temperatures in Louisville KY where she goes to college. This is going to be her graduation present so I have a year and a half to complete.
    Going to cast on tonight after I determine the chart of colors.
    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. Happy Knitting.

    1. Hi Kit. Your temperature blanket is going to be lovely! Have fun knitting it up. A year and half sounds good too. After all it’s quite the knitting project. I hoped to finish mine in a year but I’m still working on it…Happy Knitting!

    1. Hello Pauline. Eyelet stitch creates holes in your knitting and there are many different stitch patterns for eyelets but the method is pretty much the same. All you do is bring your yarn forward and K2tog (knit 2 sts together) and you have made a hole in your knitting. Those are called eyelets. Hope this helps. 🙂

  6. I like the look of this and realise as long as I keep a note of the temperature I can catch up easily if it’s a row per day. Just wondered what to do when I go away – do I look at the temps back home or use those where I am on holiday?

    1. Hi Helen. Keeping a note of the temperature for the day is a good idea just in case you do happen to miss a day. That’s exactly what I did too. It is your blanket so you can do the temperatures for home or where you are on holidays. For me, I think I would do them for home but then again it’s a matter of choice and what you’d enjoy doing. Whatever you do choose I’m sure it’ll be lovely! Happy Knitting!

  7. Hi!!

    I realize this is an old post but I’m hoping you can answer anyways.

    Did you cut each color when you were done with each row, and if you did, what did you do with the ends?

    I’m excited to start mine!!

    1. Hello Ashley. Yes it’s an older post but I love helping out when I can and I’m behind on my blanket and still working on it. Yikes! So here we go – Sometimes I cut the yarn when I’m done a row and know that I won’t be using that color for a long time. But a lot of times I carry the yarn up the side so it’s there when I need it and it’s one less yarn end. There is a way to weave in ends as you go along but I don’t like the way it looks on a blanket where there’s no wrong side. It really doesn’t look nice. It’s simply a matter of carrying the yarn through the first few stitches in a row and then dropping it and continuing along as usual. Haha What will I do with all the ends? I have a gazillion ends and I’ll have a movie night and sit there and weave them all in. It’ll be a long night too. Hope this helps. Have fun knitting your temperature blanket Ashley. 🙂

  8. I can’t wait to start my blanket. I am recording my tempature till I go and get some needles. I don’t have any that long.

    1. Hi Judy. That’s so cool and I know how you feel too. I was really excited to get started with mine. Have fun knitting your blanket, I’m sure it’ll be simply lovey. Happy Knitting!

    1. Hi Lillie. You can choose whichever temperature you’d like. The thing is to be consistent all the way through. I just chose the high temperature for the day. Have fun and happy knitting!

  9. I’m planning on doing a temperature blanket in 2018, but I’m going to have some crazy colors — I’m doing it in Lion Brand’s Mandala yarn, because I got TONS of it for Christmas and my birthday back in November, so I have lots to work with! I think it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous!

    1. Hi Andrea. Oh that sounds lovely and the colors in the Mandala yarns are so pretty too. Have fun knitting your temperature blanket. Hope you have a lovely Christmas too. Happy Knitting!

    2. I would love to join the Temperture Blanket and i love knitting the Garter Stitch! What do i need to do and when do i need to join?
      Thank you
      Sandy Garner

      1. Hi Sandy. You love knitting the Garter stitch too? Yay! As much as I love working on different stitch patterns I love knitting Garter stitch. It’s so nice to hear that you’d like to join my temperature blanket knitting although I started mine last January. But wait a minute now. The thing is I got quite behind this past summer as I had to work on baby things for my new grandchild. If you’re still interested I’d love to cheer you on as you begin yours. The place to be is in my free knitting forum under ‘Knitalongs’. If you’re interested in getting started on your temperature blanket then start planning now on the colors and you can start on January 1st, 2018. You’ll find a link to the forum at the top of the page where it says ‘Knitting Community Forums’. Think about it and maybe I’ll see you over there. It truly is a fun knitting project. Happy Knitting! 🙂

  10. Wanting to do one for 2018. Thinking about doing it as a diagonal. Don’t know what the dimensions will end up being but I think it will look pretty.

    1. Hello LaGonda. That’s just great! I was actually thinking of doing mine as a diagonal shape too. I think it will look lovely and I’d love to see a picture when you’re done. I hope you’ll join my free knitting forum so you can send me a picture. Happy Knitting!

    1. Hi Barbara. You’re welcome! That’s great that you’re going to be making one too. Hope you have lots of fun knitting it too. Happy Knitting!

  11. I love the idea of a temp blanket, but I don’t understand knitting with the circular needle. Won’t you have to slip inside the tubular blanket when you finish it?

    1. Hello Sally. A temperature blanket is truly a fun knitting project. Just so you know, I use the circular knitting needles just like you would use straight needles. My blanket isn’t tubular, it’s flat. The only reason I use a circular is because it holds a lot of stitches. A circular needle has two straight needles with a cord attached to them in the middle. If you want to knit a tube then you’ll join your knitting in order to create that tube but if you want to knit flat you simply knit like they’re straight needles. I have a picture of one of mine on my knitting tips page if you want to see what it looks like. It’s knitting tip #9 right near the bottom of that page. Happy Knitting!

  12. Your colors look great! I’m going to make one of these in 2018. I plan to put a ridge of white on the first of the month, in addition to whatever the color of the day is, and a row of eyelet on every Sunday, my holy day. Holey day… What can I say?

    1. Hello Kathy. Thank you, I really like the way the colors are working out too and they’re nice and vibrant so I know this blanket will brighten up any room I put it in. I’m glad to hear you’re going to start one in the new year. They’re a fun knitting project and I love your idea of the white ridge for the first of the month and the eyelet row on every Sunday. It’s going to be lovely! Have fun with it. Happy Knitting!

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