I decided to get a head start on the temperature blanket! The pattern calls for sixty “blank” squares that don’t correspond to any calendar days so there’s no reason not to do them ahead of time. :) Sixty is a lot of squares though, so just like with the rest of the blanket, I plan to do just one per day for the next two months so I don’t become overwhelmed or burnt out.

My first two blanket squares, made with Bernat Blanket yarn in Coal.

My first two blanket squares, made with Bernat Blanket yarn in Coal.

This is my first time making granny squares as well as an actual blanket so it’s going to be quite an adventure! Overall, Bernat Blanket yarn is easy to work with, although so far I’ve found pulling the magic circle closed can be a bit tough—but that may be because I crochet pretty tightly and this is bulky yarn. I’m sure as I get more practice with more squares I’ll get the hang of it! I also have to get some mats so I can block the squares as I make them.

We’ve had some snow already (and then back to pretty nice weather!) so I became curious how my squares might turn out if I was doing the blanket right now. These squares are two rounds and I plan to do the first round as the daily low and the second round as the daily high.

Two weeks’ worth of local weather.

Two weeks’ worth of local weather.

Kind of a yo-yo, eh? Well, that’s Alberta…

Lots and lots of teal...

Lots and lots of teal…

Presented like this, the squares look kind of bland but I think the real deal, with the double crochet stitches making a kind of starburst in the center of the square, will look quite nice!

Each square measures about four inches in size, and the blanket is 17×25 squares, so the finished item will be about 68″x100″ not counting added width from seaming. This is bigger than a queen blanket width-wise but not quite big enough to be a king. The length is very generous though! Given how soft and cuddly Bernat Blanket yarn is, it’s going to be so snuggly when it’s finished!