When I started out with yarn crafts, I taught myself how to knit. I progressed to crochet and I enjoy both art forms. A few years ago I read an article on Tunisian crochet. I had no idea what this type of crochet was. It seemed interesting to me because it looks like it combines knitting and crochet in one method. I did not have the right tools to start Tunisian crochet, but I thought I would give it a go anyway. Although I was unsuccessful at my 1st attempts I thought this would be a good technique to learn later on down the road when I had more experience in crochet. Well that day has come.
For those who are new to Tunisian crochet, it’s a method of crochet which looks like knitting. The Tunisian hook is longer than a traditional hook and it has a stopper at the end so your work does not fall off. Interchangeable Tunisian hooks look very similar to circular knitting needles. The Tunisian crochet hook will hold all of the stitches on it, and will be worked with a forward pass and a reverse pass. The work stays on the crochet hook just like the working needle in knitting. There are tons of different stitches, even a knit and purl stitch!
So here it is the end of 2020 and I want to concentrate on learning a new technique. As I was going through some YouTube Videos on crochet tutorials I came across a topic on temperature blankets. I didn’t know what a temperature blanket was and it peaked my curiosity. A temperature blanket is a 365 day project of recording the temperature using different colours of yarn. Many temperature blankets come in different styles and different colours. The sky is the limit when it comes to creating a temperature blanket. If you have the fortitude to do a project for a whole year than this is something you should try. I have a very short attention span so this is going to be a massive challenge for me in 2021, but I think I need a massive challenge after everything that has been said and done in 2020.
So how do you get started with a temperature blanket? First you need to gather a lot of data. Knowing the yearly average temperature for your area is key for instance, I live in the Midwestern part of the United States and in my region the temperature will vary from 0°F to 102°F. Also in my region, it has had a low of -15°F and has been as high as a 103°F. So I thought I might have to have extra colours for those outlier temperatures.
The next step is to decide how many degrees are going to be allocated for each colour of yarn. One artist mentioned, a good range would be between seven to nine degrees depending on your location in order to get more colour variations. This is where your creativity comes into play. I chose to go with a 7° difference between my temperatures which gives me 10 to 12 colours to play with. I also needed to make a decision on what I was going to record: just the high temperatures or the low temperatures, or both. I figured I would use both the high and the low of each day as a line or stripe in my blanket. By alternating between the 10-12 colours, I thought that would give my blanket more interest.
More on the design process…. How are you going to make your blanket? I am going with a three weight wool yarn using Tunisian interchangeable hook size H , I, or J, I haven’t decided yet. I still need to swatch out my colors using these hooks. I would like to use the Tunisian Knit Stitch for this project, but maybe I can use multiple stitches in combination with the temperature. I am still doing my research for this project but I am well on my way.
Remember, there is no right or wrong way to create a temperature blanket. The design possibilities are endless. For me this is going to be a year long journey into Tunisian crochet, where all of my mistakes and my triumphs will be recorded as well as the temperature. Are you in? Drop a line in the comments and share your temperature blanket experience. I will keep you updated on the progress of this epic project.