Temperature blankets are a hot trend (no pun intended) in the crafting world, and the start of a new year is the perfect time to begin yours! It’s a fun, year-long project.
To make one, work a row for each day in a color that corresponds to that day’s temperature. You can knit or crochet them, it doesn’t matter. If you stick to a simple pattern for either craft you will end up with a beautiful finished project. No need to be fancy because the colors are what matter here.
See the sample color chart below. You can alter it to suit your own preferences if you want. In New York City, we see temperatures from frigid to sweltering at different times of the year. If your climate is vastly different, you may not need all of these categories. This was made for Vanna’s Choice® yarn, and you can always substitute other colors.
Of course, you don’t have to make this for the upcoming year. Use this handy website to create a pattern for any year and location. This is great for commemorating a big life event. For example, make one for the year and location a couple was married as an anniversary gift, or the first year of a new baby’s life.
If you want to make it for yourself, try the year you were born. It’s also fun to compare years. I generated one for my birth year and place as an example, and another in the same zip code for 2015. There are actually a lot of differences.
You definitely want to keep the pattern itself basic and simple. You may not even want to work from a pattern, and just do plain garter stitch or single crochet. A simple chevron can add a little interest without distracting from the colors, too.
If you’d rather have a set pattern to work from, these are good choices: