At this time of year, my temperature blanket blog entries get a lot of attention, which is great! It makes sense: January would be the most popular time of year to start a blanket. Yarnists around the world decide they’re going to make one and then go out in search of information on how to do just that.
As I worked on my own blanket (which is unfinished because my life sort of…imploded…in the fall of 2018—but I do plan to finish it this year!), I saw the same questions pop up over and over again from people who were starting their blankets: Which chart should I use for my blanket? What colors should I use?
I admit: I also asked the same questions after I decided to make my blanket. These two things seem to be the things that yarnists who have done a blanket before somehow leave unsaid, or sort of glossed over. The answers should be obvious but in reality, it doesn’t work out that way. Maybe it’s because crocheters and knitters are used to following patterns. Someone else normally dictates what is to be done for just about every project we ever do, so why should a temperature blanket be any different? But it is different and that difference is important.
To help make your lives easier as you embark on your temperature blanket journey, here are what should be the obvious answers to these questions:
What chart should I use for my blanket?
One that reflects the average temperature range where you live and has brackets that appeal to you. This means you should make your own chart rather than looking for one that someone else made. For example, if you live in Colorado it doesn’t make sense to use a chart made by me up here in Alberta or a chart made by a yarnist who lives in, say, the United Kingdom. Why? Because our weather is not the same as your weather. For your blanket to make sense, it needs to reflect your location.
This doesn’t mean you need to become a meteorologist. Just ask yourself: how hot does it get in the summer, on average? How cold does it get in the winter, on average? Are there unique weather occurrences that would be worth capturing with a special yarn (e.g., occasional snow in an area not known for it, so you use a sparkle yarn)? You don’t have to be exact; you can tack on additional temperatures later if you need to. Your hottest and coldest average temperatures form either end of your chart. Depending on how wide (e.g, -30ºC to +30ºC) or narrow (-10ºC to +30ºC) your range is and how many colors you want to use will guide you on what your brackets will look like, such as dark blue covering temps from -30 to -25, medium blue covering temps from -24 to -20, and so on.
But what colors should I use?
Whatever colors you want to use. Similarly, you should use as many or as few colors as you prefer, keeping in mind that more colors mean more detail (smaller brackets) but also more ends to weave in. The most popular choice is to make your temperature blanket with the standard rainbow, but you don’t have to. If you want your blanket to coordinate with your other household décor then, by all means, use an appropriate color scheme. So long as you feel comfortable with the colors and feel they represent your temperatures well, then pick whatever you like.
Bonus: What blanket pattern should I use?
Can you guess? Whichever one appeals to you that can fit 365 (or 366) days into it in some fashion. Most popular is to just make one straight row per day. Chevrons work great too, as the shape adds interest. Granny squares? Mitered squares? C2C? Yep, they work too. Whatever you like, so long as it’s easy to make color changes one day at a time. Some people even do more than one temperature per day (like I did): the daily high and the daily low.
The world is your oyster! Have fun with the freedom your temperature blanket provides.
If you’re making a temperature blanket for 2020, be sure to tag me so I can see your progress! I’ll be sharing my progress when I get back to working on mine. Happy stitching!