Welcome to the final installment of my Demystifying Temperature Blankets series in which I’ll be discussing how to pick your stitch and/or pattern. If you missed Part One and Part Two, be sure to read those, too. I’ll be assuming you’ve already read them.
Before you start deciding on stitches or patterns, you need to decide what temperatures you’ll be using. You’ll need to decide if you’re using the high, the low, both, the average, or whatever. You need to know how many temperatures each day you’ll be covering so you can figure out how to work it into the method or pattern you choose. So if you didn’t go back to read the first two parts, stop trying to get around it and go read them! 🙂
Crocheters and Knitters
I would be biting off more than I could chew if I listed every single crochet stitch or pattern you could use for a temperature project. Some stitches that I’ve seen that are popular among those making temperature projects are Apache Tears, chevron, single crochet, linen/moss stitch, and half-double crochet. Doing small motifs to join together into a larger project is very well suited to use as a temperature project. Some non-motif patterns I’ve seen being used or suggested are the As We Go Stripey Blanket, the Spectrum blanket, a 12 point star worked in 12 panels (couldn’t find a pattern), and the Corner-to-Corner blanket. With the corner-to-corner blanket I’ve seen some do one large blanket and some separate each season or quarter of the year into a square to be joined together at year’s end. You’ll have to look for corner-to-corner tutorials to help plan out this kind of project. There are both video and written tutorials floating around the internet.
I am by no means a knitter so I don’t consider myself at all qualified to make suggestions for knitted projects. But for both crocheters and knitters you can look for patterns that either have several color changes or that can be adapted to change color frequently. Pinterest is a good place to look for patterns and I’ll be adding temperature project-worthy ones to my temperature project board to help out.
Estimating Project Size (Yarnies)
Both crocheter and knitters, however, can use the same method of estimating the final size of the project. Simply make a test swatch and multiply each row’s height by 365 or 366 to get how long the project will be. The width is relatively easy as it’s just as wide as you want it to be. Just keep chaining or casting on until the project is wide enough. If you are doing a project such as a four seasons/quarters corner-to-corner then you can still estimate size by figuring out each square individually using the test swatch method and putting the four measurements together in whatever arrangement you plan.
You could use any sort of block or pattern you want. As with the crocheters and knitters you can look for patterns that allow for multiple, random colors or that can be adapted for them. Seeing as I’m a novice quilter I can’t offer a lot of suggestions, but I do have a couple. One idea is you could go basic with a square of material representing a day. For the more ambitious, a log cabin block with each strip representing a day of the week seems like an interesting idea.
Quilters have it a bit easier than yarnies in that we can cut the pieces to a precise measurement that doesn’t vary greatly from person to person. We still need to test and plan out how big the end product will be, though. Again, with the precise measurements it’s a little easier to accomplish this with a quilt.
With that I conclude this three part series. I’ve had fun writing it. My hope is that you now have a clearer idea of what a temperature project entails. I also hope you now have the confidence to move forward with your own project. If you need or want additional help, email me (link at the top of the page), message me on Facebook via my blog’s profile, or leave a comment.
Can you suggest any patterns or methods to use for temperature projects (especially for knitters)?