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 only 8 colors, and in combination with a fingering weight yarn, 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
- Share your work on my Facebook page or Instagram using #BohemianWrap2019
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.
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 is still unknown. I have the following yarn amounts in my project bag as a starting point.
- 1 x 700 Light Grey (-1oC / 31oF and lower)
- 2 x 622 Light Blue (0oC – 5oC / 32oF – 40oF)
- 4 x 563 Bright Blue (6oC – 10oC / 41oF – 50oF)
- 4 x 517 Spring Green (11oC – 15oC / 51oF – 59oF)
- 4 x 551 Yellow (16oC – 20oC / 60oF – 68oF)
- 4 x 716 Orange (21oC – 25oC / 69oF – 77oF)
- 2 x 720 Fuchsia (26oC – 30oC / 78oF – 86oF)
- 1 x 661 Purple (31oC / 87oF and above)
I have based these starting amounts on the general weather pattern for my country and it is nothing more than an estimate. 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.
Scheepjes Cotton 8 yarn is available from Wool Warehouse (UK/Int), Knotty House (US), Love Crochet (US), Caro’s Atelier (NL) and many other Scheepjes Stockists. Deramores (UK) have made a starter pack available which includes all the colors.
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 hope 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.
The image below does not use the right colors, and I did not bother to work away any yarn tails on this swatch either, but it gives you an idea of how your wrap could look.
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. 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.
Share your wrap #BohemianWrap2019
I will be posting each month to show you the progress of my wrap. If you would like to join me, I would really enjoy seeing your progress through the year. Use the hastag #BohemianWrap2019 on Facebook and Instagram to help me find it, share your work in my It’s all in a Nutshell Crochet Nuts group on Facebook or tag me in one of your posts.
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