A Temperature Blanket is a project that takes all year to make. You work on it a little every day. You have a range of temperatures that correspond to a specific color. You match the high temperature of every day to the appropriate range and knit or crochet a row of your blanket. It’s a simple concept.
I discovered both crocheted hexagons and temperature blankets on Friday. I quickly fell in love and had to have a hexagonal temperature blanket. On Saturday I bought my yarn in shades of blue, purple, and greens. I daydreamed of a gorgeous hexagonal blanket to wrap myself by the end of the year. Alas, like all good love stories, it was not to be so simple.
366 days will not make a hexagonal blanket easily. My heart fractured a little bit. My father, indulging me, did some insane math* last night. I must craft difficultly, so this is not unusual. We figured it out. Me doing the design, and him telling me if the numbers would work. It will, after a little finagling.
My beautiful blanket isn’t possible, but another one is. 378 hexagons will make a rectangular blanket. I get to keep my hexagons and my temperature blanket. 366 for each day plus 12 for the months(one at the end of each month as a spacer).
The hardest part, after the designing, was deciding which color would go with the range of temperatures. I used just a general one I found off Pinterest. Luvey and my mother, decided where each color would go. This is what we came up with (in case you can’t read my handwriting):
- 89F and above: Purple
- 78F to 88F: Grape
- 67F to 77F: Pagoda
- 54F to 66F: Blue Mint
- 44F to 53F: Country Blue
- 33F to 43F: Orchid
- 23F to 32f: Dark Country Blue
- Below 22F: Soft Blue
Not pictured are Grey for the border and Off White for the 12 extra hexagons. Now all I need to do is learn how to make hexagons.
*By insane, I mean INSANE!!! Dad does craft math for me frequently. Last night was significantly worse than usual. It took about a half hour, with me going, “Well what if we did it this way?” Math, math, math, me going, “I don’t understand. Why won’t it work? What if we did it this way?” I’m fairly certain he wasn’t too happy with me.