Temperature projects are a fun way to keep track of a year, and for 2019 I have designed my Bohemian Temperature Wrap to give everyone the opportunity to participate in a temperature project. The wrap uses 8 colors of Scheepjes Cotton 8 yarn, which is fingering weight yarn, meaning that the wrap will be a wearable size. Join me in the challenge of committing to a project for a full year.
- Add this project to your Ravelry Library
- Bohemian Temperature Wrap Pattern US
- Bohemian Temperature Wrap Patroon Nederlands
- Yarn used is Scheepjes Cotton 8 in combination with a 3.0mm (US D/3) hook
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I have chosen 8 colors from the Scheepjes Cotton 8 range. Cotton 8 is my all time favorite yarn because of the texture, the weight, the drape and the color range it comes in. I have done many projects in this yarn, including Sophie’s Universe and Mandala Madness, and every time I am impressed by the quality of the end result. Cotton 8 truly is an all purpose cotton yarn.
To make a Bohemian Temperature Wrap, you need 8 colors of Scheepjes Cotton 8. I have chosen 8 colors because I want to limit the number of yarn tails that I need to work away, and at the same time I believe that 8 colors gives enough color variation to follow the temperature development through the year. The colors I have chosen make a classic rainbow from cool to warm colors.
I hear you say, why a rainbow if we are making a wrap? Wraps are usually in ‘wearable’ colors. I want to make a wrap that is totally bold and colorful, and I feel that a rainbow is the best way to do that. I also feel that a rainbow matches the feel of a bohemian lifestyle in which rules are no more than guidelines, kind of like mother nature who also does exactly what she feels like. I want to make a design that is as free as the weather that it is going to reflect.
It’s impossible to predict how much yarn you will need for the wrap because the color placement you will have is unknown to me. I used 17 balls of Scheepjes Cotton 8 for my wrap, but how much yarn you use will depend on your color placement. This is my yarn usage per color for 2019 in The Netherlands.
- 1 x 700 Light Grey (-1oC / 31oF and lower)
- 1 x 622 Light Blue (0oC – 5oC / 32oF – 40oF)
- 3 x 563 Bright Blue (6oC – 10oC / 41oF – 50oF)
- 3 x 517 Spring Green (11oC – 15oC / 51oF – 59oF)
- 3 x 551 Yellow (16oC – 20oC / 60oF – 68oF)
- 3 x 716 Orange (21oC – 25oC / 69oF – 77oF)
- 2 x 720 Fuchsia (26oC – 30oC / 78oF – 86oF)
- 1 x 661 Purple (31oC / 87oF and above)
If your climate is very different, you will need different yarn amounts. Also feel free to shift the temperatures up or down in steps of 5oC to accommodate a different climate.
The pattern for the wrap is a triangular shape worked in linen stitch, starting from one corner and gradually increasing along the diagonal. January 1st has only one stitch, and December 31st has around than 170 stitches. I believe that the limited number of stitches for each day makes this design manageable as a side project along with other projects during the year. All details regarding the stitch pattern and stitch counts is in the written pattern available in English and Dutch.
I want to encourage you to make a gauge swatch so that you have an idea of the final size of your wrap. Make about 35 rows of the pattern in the same yarn and hook size as you will be using for your wrap. I have used random colors of Cotton 8 yarn I still have around the house. Measure your gauge swatch in cm, and multiply the sizes with 10.5 to give you an indication of the final dimensions of your wrap in cm.
My swatch with 35 rows is 9.0cm x 16.5cm, which means my final wrap will be about 95cm x 175cm (37” x 70”) in the orientation of use. My final wrap turned out slightly larger, but the swatch gives you an estimate of what to expect. The working direction is from bottom to top, but the top corner in the photograph is the bottom corner of the wrap. In the pattern (US / NL) I show a schematic of the wrap and how to measure the dimensions of the gauge swatch.
Finished Bohemian Temperature Wraps
My finished wrap is just a beauty, even if I say so myself!
Many others also made a wrap. The beauty of these temperature projects is that each wrap is unique, depending on local weather conditions.
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