Thursday, January 1, 2015

Temperature Afghan 2015

Happy New Year!

Well, I started one of these last year, but didn't get very far, so I've come up with a different color scheme, and am starting all over.

What's a temperature afghan?

I got the idea from a project I saw on Pinterest called a Weather Scarf...which is actually a knitted scarf that was made one row a day depending on what the weather was was shades of blues and greys.

I decided that I wanted to do this, but I want to make an afghan, by crocheting one row a day depending on what the temperature is at noon each day, for a year. It will all be done in the Woven (or Granite) stitch, which I learned how to do HERE, and will, at the end of the year, be big enough to cover my full size bed, with a couple inches of drape on either side.

Here is the color scheme I came up with. The only color that I will need to change is the Sunflower, as it is a Caron yarn, but the only sample I had of that shade of yellow.

I'm going to be using all Red Heart Super Saver yarn, which is:
1. The only yarn that I can buy locally that comes in a lot of colors, without having to order it.
2. A yarn that I can easily afford.
3. A durable yarn that while stiff when working with it, softens up nicely after washing and drying, is easy to take care of, and will last a long time.

The colors, from left to right are: Claret, Burgundy, Cherry Red, Gold, Sunflower (will be replaced with a similar shade of Red Heart), Dark Sage, Light Sage, Frosty Green, Soft Navy, Blue, Medium Purple and Pale Plum.

Here is how the colors will be worked into the afghan, according to the temperature ranges:

100+    ~ Claret
90 - 99 ~ Burgundy
80 - 89 ~ Cherry Red
70 - 79 ~ Gold
60 - 69 ~ Sunflower
50 - 59 ~ Dark Sage
40 - 49 ~ Light Sage
30 - 39 ~ Frosty Green
20 - 29 ~ Soft Navy
10 - 19 ~ Blue
0 - 9     ~ Medium Purple
Sub 0   ~ Pale Plum

After making a long chain, and measuring it on my bed, I decided that I would start with 347 chains, and am using a size G (4.00 mm) hook.

I've actually started on it, and at noon today, the temp was 22 degrees, so I'm starting off with Soft's the beginning my year-long project:

Impressive, isn't it? LOL!
Sooooooo far to go......

Well, that's it for today.....I'll be posting weekly updates and photos of my progress.

Thanks for reading!


  1. what a wonderful idea... think 2016, January will be an interesting color display!! :) 366 (leap year) rows will be interesting, too!!

  2. What a great idea! I usually don't like making afghans because they are so time consuming but I can definitely handle one row per day. Now off to the store I go to get new yarn!

  3. What a truly truly brilliant idea - one row a day I can handle too. Our temps have a good range usually (except this year with our unusual mild winter).

  4. Doing rows will make it gigantic! What about blocks?

    1. You just need to watch your gauge and find the correct sized hook. If my calculations are correct my blanket should be about 90 inches which is a pretty standard sized blanket.

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  6. So for the first day did you do the chain only or did you do chain plus row 1 in the color for day 1?

    1. I added 3 colors and adjusted the Temps a bit to fit those in WV!!

    2. I did a chain and row for January 1. (Actually I used a foundational single crochet which turns out as the same) If you just chained I think you would loose the colour for that day.

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  8. I like your choice of colors and pattern. I am starting one this year for the first time.

  9. I'm fairly new to crocheting...and I know you can't tell how much of each yarn is needed...but, about how many rows can you get out of a 7 oz skein of Red Heart yarn? Thank you!

  10. If you travel, are you going to do the temperature at home or where you are currently? I started one too and am currently on vacation and wasn't sure which route I wanted to take.

    1. I'm doing home weather to keep things consistent - also because I massively adjusted the temperature ranges because it's pretty rare here that it dips below 50.