Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Crochet Projects: 2016 Temperature Blanket Update

So, more than a month into my temperature blankets, I can speak with a little more experience on my 2016 temperature blankets.

My hexagon temperature blanket is going strong :)  I calculated this one nicely so that the hexies are small enough to use in a functional blanket that is a good size, even after making 366 of them.  I'm liking my color choices and I love the join-as-you-go method.  I hate weaving in the ends but I am trying to keep up with it.

Here it is at the end of January...

My granny stripe blanket is another story.  I did't think too much about the size of this one in the beginning and now its coming back to haunt me :)  My starting chain was too large so it takes a while to finish a row and if I kept going with it the way it was, it would be more than 15 feet long at the end of the  Then I thought I would split it into 3 for each of my kids...four months in each blanket...while I still like this idea, I think I'm losing the essence of a temperature blanket, seeing the temperature changes through the year in ONE blanket.  So I'm doing something I hate to do...frogging it :(  I have kept a good written record of the temperature this year so I can start over at January 1st with a new plan!!!  And here is it...

-I've decided that I want more color variation so I am using 21 colors instead of 12, and will be using a new color every 5 degrees Fahrenheit instead of every 10
-I am using a fingering weight yarn (instead of worsted weight)- Cascade 220 Fingering- to help make each row smaller
-I am going to use a smaller hook as well.  I'm not sure which size, I am going to play around with that this week and then I will give another update.  But, I know each row needs to be less than 0.25 inches to end up with a large but functional blanket.

Here are the colors that I am using...

So beautiful!!!

Again, this is Cascade 220 Fingering.  The shades I am using are as follows-

I am going to list a few of these color packs in my Etsy shop in case anyone is interested in them.  If you are interested in them but don't see any listed, just contact me through Etsy or email and I will set up a custom listing for you right away.

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