With over 31,500 posts on Instagram, temperature blankets are the latest crafting trend. You may be wondering what exactly is a temperature blanket, and it’s probably not what you think—a heated blanket. Actually, it’s a blanket in which you knit or crochet a set number of rows each day, and you match your yarn color to the temperature it is outside.
Don’t worry if you’re a knitting newbie, as temperature blankets are the perfect chance to learn how to knit or crochet. These blankets are made with a basic crochet stitch or, if you’re more advanced, you can follow a pattern. To decide how many colors you want to use, assign a color to a temperature range.
For example, you can do off-white for temperatures cooler than 20, baby blue for temperatures in the 30s, and light pink for temperatures in the 40s.
Traditionally, people use blue tones for colder weather and orange or red tones for warmer weather, but the choice is up to you! By the end of the year, you’ll have a beautiful, colorful blanket that tells a unique story. People are even using the blanket to show the effects of climate change in their area.
If you want to get started, but you also want to start at the beginning of the new year, you can always research what the temperatures were in January.