Follow along with me (Erica, Lion Brand’s email marketing manager) on a temperature blanket for 2020! I’ll be crocheting my version in the alternate color palette. Needles and hooks at the ready for tomorrow morning!
Feel free to personalize your blanket! Change your stitch, swap your colors (or add colors for higher temps if you live in a very warm area. Perhaps Hot Pink and Burgundy?)
I have decided to use the high temperature for the day (some people prefer low temperature or you can check the current temperature at the same time each day). Use the method that works best for you over the year. Miss a day? Keep pen and paper handy to jot down temps so you can catch up later. If you forget to mark a day down you can try visiting Accuweather. This site will let you look back on past weather in your area.
The amount of yarn you’ll need in each color will vary based on the temperature!
Notes: You will knit 2 rows (Right Side & Wrong Side) to represent one day’s temperature (decide if you want to use the high temp, temp at a specific time of day, or low temp). This means your afghan will be a total of 730 rows long (365 days x 2 since you need to complete one garter ridge per day). At gauge stated above that will give you an afghan of 97″ long and 60″ wide.
Cast on 240 stitches
One Day: knit 2 rows in the color corresponding to the temperature that day!
Continue working like this until all 365 days have been completed.
Ta da! You have a unique blanket that represents your life in yarn!
Notes: Crochet stitches are taller per row than knit garter stitch. If you work the same 2-rows per day in worsted weight with crochet and knit you will find your crochet version is quite a bit larger because the gauge is different.
With this in mind, we will be working only 1 row of single crochet per day. If you like starting new colors on the same edge each time (to have a definite RS and WS) you might want to consider using a slip stitch instead of a single crochet. This will allow you to get about twice the number of rows in the same amount of space. (Note that it will also create a tighter, heavier fabric)
Row 1 (Day 1): single crochet into the second chain from hook. Single crochet in each chain across, turn – 240 single crochet
One Day: chain 1, single crochet in each stitch to end of row, turn – 240 single crochet
Continue working this row until all 365 days have been completed.