Temperature blanket for the New Year

I would really love you to join me on the first of January for our 2020 temperature crochet-a-long (CAL) blanket.

You might be wondering what it is. A temperature blanket is a visual presentation of daily recorded temperatures over a period of time using yarn as your medium.

Many factors need to be considered before you start your blanket to ensure you have a consistent record. These could be the temperature at a specific time of day, or it could be the minimum or the maximum temperature for each day. Whichever you choose, make sure you use it consistently.

Temperature blankets can be customised through the colours you choose as well as the range of temperatures they represent. For example, red could represent 28-29 degrees, pink 26-27 degrees, and so forth.

The stitch you use needs careful planning because choosing one that has a greater height will produce a much much bigger blanket. Keep in mind that you'll have 365 rows for the year (366 for a leap year). I recommend either the linen stitch, granny squares or the Tunisian stitch which I'll explain in more detail below.

The initial concept of temperature blankets requires you to start from 1 January, however I always liked the idea of starting from a birth date, or an anniversary. Below is one I made for my son that recorded temperatures from birth to 1 year old. Each granny square is a week (52 squares).

For my 2020 project I want to diversify and push the concept of the blanket. I love how they create a colourful temperature chart of a year, and really want us to focus on this aspect of the blanket.

I feel the temperature blanket is the perfect symbolic representation for climate change. Nothing can be more important than the state of the planet we hand over to our children and our children's children. It's something I feel needs maximum exposure and action and the temperature blanket I'll be making will be my little contribution to this cause.

My blanket will be recording one years' worth of temperatures for every decade for the past 100 years, from 1920 to 2020. It will make a stark representation of how the seasons and temperatures changed over time by using colours ranging from warm to cool tones and hues.

I am going to use a Tunisian simple stitch which will produce strong linear bars for each day's temperature crocheted. This allows each day to stand out clearly while at the same time creating a soft transition with the help of a soft grey running through the back of the work. It's a tactile stitch which will create the most vivid impact.

If you would like to join me on my journey and create your own temperature blanket on a smaller scale then please subscribe to my YouTube channel where there will soon be a tutorial on how to master the Tunisian simple stitch. This work is pitched at an intermediate skill level, but feel free to give it a go even if you are just starting out. I will provide an option for those not comfortable with a colour change.

I will create a pattern for you that is easy complete each day's temperature without investing too much time. My target is for an intermediate-level crocheter to complete this task in no more than 15 minutes a day. I will use the join-as-you-go method for my Tunisian squares. In other words, 2 January temperature will be joined onto 1 January seamlessly and with no sewing. The temperature colours will be incorporated as a heart motif placed centrally in a grey square, or a neutral colour of your choice. So, it cannot be too similar to one of your temperature colours for obvious reasons.

This project will be the perfect daily practice for the Tunisian crochet simple stitch and heart motif. The FREE heart chart will be available on my Free patterns page a week before the project commences.

I'll have about 25 temperature colours, each representing 2 degrees celsius/fahrenheit. You may need more or fewer depending on how many degrees celsius/fahrenheit your colours represent. Feel free to choose your own colours or use the same palette as I do which I'll share closer to the time.

On 1 January 2020, we'll make our first square. On 2 January I'll show you how to join your second square to your first. As the year progresses and we draw to the end there will be further tutorials and posts about how to finish your work and make a border.

I am so excited about this project and hope you'll be joining me. What a way to start the new year.

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