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If you're looking to begin a new project in 2022, it’s not too late to start. Last year I discovered temperature blankets, and I'm totally hooked on the idea. The theory is pretty simple: Knit or crochet a set number of rows each day and correspond your yarn color to the temperature outside. Besides being great for your coordination and mental health (knitting can reduce depression, anxiety, and chronic pain), completing a row or two each day can also be a great way to learn how to knit or crochet if you’ve never tried it before.

It's also a great way to use up extra skeins of yarn! The blankets can be made with a basic crochet stitch (like a slip knot stitch) all the way through, or you can follow a pattern and just mark off the rows as you finish them each day. Determine how many colors of yarn you want to use and assign each color to a temperature range. For example, you could choose light blue for temperatures in the 20s, medium blue for temperatures in the 30s, green for temperatures in the 40s, and so on. Traditionally people use blue tones for cold weather and orange or red for warmer weather, but you can assign any colors you like. 

close up of a temperature blanket with a hand and crochet hook
Credit: allymakesthings/Instagram

At the end of the year, you’ll have a colorful striped blanket that tells a story. Knitters and crocheters on social media are also pointing out that the colors of their finished blankets use color as a way to show the effects of climate change in their area.

While this isn’t a totally new idea, the trend has taken off in the last few years. There are more than 47,000 posts tagged #temperatureblanket on Instagram right now, and they're all bright and colorful.

How to Get Started

It’s not too late to start making your own blanket! Grab a set of crochet hooks and a few skeins of yarn, then either start with today’s date or research the daily temperatures from the past several weeks and knit a few extra rows each day until you’ve caught up.

Here are the materials you'll need to either crochet or knit a temperature blanket. You'll only need one set of knitting needles or a crochet hook and while you can buy the yarn individually, we think it's helpful to grab a bulk pack with several colors in it.

Temperature Blanket Inspiration

If you need inspiration or want to see what colors other crafters used, these are some of our favorite blankets on Instagram.

Tori from TL Yarn Crafts crocheted a gorgeous temperature blanket using nine yarn colors in grey, blue, yellow, orange, and pink tones. Besides posting beautiful crochet inspiration on her Instagram feed, Tori is also a great resource for beginners: You can make this crochet temperature blanket with her free pattern and video tutorials on her blog. 

We’re in love with the colors that Ally from Ally Makes Things chose for her 2020 temperature blanket. Since she lives in southern California, I have to say I'm a little envious of all the yellows and oranges (symbolizing warm weather) she used in the January portion of her blanket. She’s also using the free pattern from TL Yarn Crafts mentioned above.  

Raimee from Knotes and Knots is a self-proclaimed crochet addict and sells her crochet blankets and patterns on Etsy. If you like the look but aren't up to making one yourself, she sells gorgeous crocheted blankets you can buy. This finished temperature blanket is gorgeous, and we’re loving the muted yellows, pinks and blues featured in it.

One of my favorite things about the temperature blankets is that it’s so easy to incorporate as many colors as you like without having to follow an intricate pattern. This blanket by Tausha features so many shades of warm and cool colors, and it’s easy to see where there was just one cold day or several days of sunshine in a row.

No matter what colors you choose, the temperature blanket project is an easy way to brush up on your knitting or crochet skills over the next twelve months. And at the end of 2022, you'll have a gorgeous (and functional!) visual representation of your year.

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