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Temperature Blanket 2020 - the basics

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Hello!

It's been a while since I wrote on here but here goes!

I have fancied making a temperature blanket for a while now and decided at the start of the year that I was just going to bite the bullet and make one. It's a big commitment for me as I'm one of these crafters that gets bored after one sock so who knows if I'll get to the end! Let's do it together.......

The basic idea of a temperature blanket is that you choose a period of time and represent the temperature changes over that time in yarn form. It can be done over a few months or years. It can be a special length of time like a pregnancy, a year for every year of marriage or life, a birth year, anything you fancy. It is such a flexible concept, it can be as personalised a project as you want it to be.

Firstly I had to decide on a colour palette. There are so many options out there it can seem pretty overwhelming. I thought for the purpose of this CAL I would stick to the traditional colours of red for hot, blue for cold and a classic gradient in between. 

 temp blanket colourway 1

 

As you can see from the photo, I got the order of my colours muddled up and Sunshine and Spice need to swap places!

 

I chose 10 colours and each colour corresponds to 3 specific temps. Check out the writing on the end of the pegs to see what I mean. The yarns I'm using are all Stylecraft Special DK because that's what I have in my leftover stash (all those Attic 24 weekend bags!) but you can use any yarns you like. I would advise you use the same weight of yarn throughout your palette or individual rows may not be the same height. 

Next we need to plan the design of the blanket. Yet again there are so many options here, c2c, granny squares, rows, half rows, high temps, low temps, both temps, daily temps, weekly average temps......it's exhausting once you start to think about it!

I have decided to let the colours do the talking and opt for a classic row design with one row per day. OK you think, that's the planning over, let's get on with the crochet - not quite........ 

The size of the stitch is so important in this project. Too tall a stitch and the blanket will be ridiculously heavy and long. You risk simply not finishing it and if you do, it will more than likely get put away in a cupboard never to be used again. What a shame after all that work! 

I played around with a few stitches, I even tried simply slip stitching my rows. This was quick to do but I didn't like the overall look. I then tried slip stitching in front loops and in turn back loops only but wasn't keen on those either. 

So I settled on a simple double crochet (dc) (UK terms) stitch. Fast to do, uses less yarn and the rows will not be overly tall. By my calculations (and maths is not my strong point so bear with me here) the finished blanket will be approx 2m in length without it's finishing border. It's still working out pretty large!

2 of my dc rows measure about 1cm. If you are in doubt about sizes, it is always advisable to make up a tension square (fab tutorial here https://bit.ly/2s80oVq ) so you can see exactly how large your finished stitches are with the hook and yarn you are using. Don't forget you can go up or down a hook size to acheive the size you want. 

 

And that's the basics covered. We have chosen our colours, the design we are producing and the stitch that we are using. 

Game on!