Have you heard about temperature blankets? They are fun year-long crochet project that reflects the temperature for a year’s time. Learn how to crochet a temperature blanket with this guide – complete with a printable color chart!
This photo is the start of my temperature blanket, I will update as the year goes on.
I thought this year would be a perfect time to start a temperature blanket. I picked out 10 different colors of Red Heart With Love Yarn to represent my temperature ranges. The temperature blanket chart is below for the colors I chose and you are welcome to use the same colors as well.
What crochet stitch is best for a temperature blanket?
The beauty of a temperature blanket is that you have the freedom to choose the stitch that best works for you. I made my blanket with single crochet stitches. However, I have seen blankets that use the Moss Stitch, which is beautiful as well.
One thing to remember is that the blanket will be 365 rows long. Using a larger stitch will result in a longer blanket.
How to Crochet a Temperature Blanket
Print out the crochet temperature blanket color chart so you can reference your colors. If you want to choose your own colors that is fine.
As you can see, this will be a year-long project. So your blanket will have 365 rows. Each day crochet a row in the color of the high temperature for that day.
If you can’t crochet a row every day, simply keep a spreadsheet of the day and high temperatures. This way you will be able to go back and easily create the rows you have missed.
Since we are a few days into the new year already, I have kept a spreadsheet of the high temps until I got all my yarn for the project.
I purchased one skein of each color to start. Since Mother Nature decides what colors we will be using and how often, it is unsure how many of each skein you will need to purchase. So as one skein gets low and you believe you will be needing that yarn in the future, purchase another skein of that color at that time.
If you want to make a blanket for previous years, Weatherghan is a great resource for finding out the high temperatures for your zip code and year. Sadly, I don’t think this website is working anymore.
However, you can use the Weather Underground to find the data. Just make sure you use the actual high temperature.
Please keep in mind, there are different ways to make this type of blanket. I decided to use only single crochet stitches to keep it simple. Feel free to customize your blanket in any stitch that you like.
How much yarn do you need to make a temperature blanket?
Start out by purchasing one skein of all the colors you will need for your region. Mother Nature is unpredictable so I would not purchase additional skeins of yarn until you start running low on a specific color.
Crochet Temperature Blanket Pattern
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 10 color choices of yarn for the various ranges of temperature – See the temperature gauge graphic above
- K (6.50 mm) Crochet Hook
- Yarn Needle
- Measuring Tape
For reference, I made my blanket 50 inches wide so you may need to adjust your starting chain accordingly.
Row 1: Chain 146 in the appropriate color for the first day of the year. Single Crochet into the second chain from the hook. Continue Single Crocheting till you reach the end of the row.
Row 2 – 365: Turn your work and chain 1. Single Crochet across the blanket. Change colors for the rows depending on that day’s high temperature. Remember each row is a different day so you may or may not be changing colors on each row.
Choose your own edging design to finish off the project.
Learn how to make a Birth Year Temperature Blanket.