In this post you find my corner-to-corner temperature blanket I made in 2018. I give you the free crochet pattern, colorway and yarn amounts I used so that you can make a temperature blanket of you own, for any year you want to. Would you like to make a C2C temperature blanket along with me?
- Add this project to your Ravelry Library
- Pattern C2C Temperature Blanket Make Along 2018
- Color Chart C2C Temperature Blanket Make Along 2018
- Empty Color Chart C2C Temperature Blanket Make Along 2018 for registering your temperatures
- Video How to do Corner-to-Corner (C2C) Crochet
- Yarn used is Scheepjes Maxi Sweet Treat (140m/25g) or Scheepjes Maxi Suger Rush (280m/50g) in combination with a 2.5mm (US 4) hook
- Share your work on my Facebook page or Instagram using #itsallinanutshell
I have chosen 35 colors from the amazing range of 88 Scheepjes Sugar Rush colors. I have darker colors for the cold temperatures, and as the temperature rises, the colors become warmer. It’s a beautiful color wheel where the hottest color blends in perfectly with the coldest color. My colorway averages out at about 20oC (67oF), which is an good representation of the average maximum temperature of my home town. If temperatures in your home town average out much higher or lower, you could consider shifting the color chart up or down as needed.
A list of which color I use for which temperature is given in the pattern. I have decided to use the maximum temperature registered by the official weather station in my city as the temperature for each day of the year. Use the empty color chart in the pattern to register the maximum temperature in your city so that you can keep track of which color goes where.
You may notice that in the photo’s of my colors, the yarn is not Scheepjes Sugar Rush, but Scheepjes Catona and specifically the small 10g cutie pie balls. I use these small cutie pie balls as perfect shade cards because the Catona colors are the same as the Sweet Treat, Sugar Rush, and Cahlista colors but the cutie pies are much smaller in size and hence so much easier to store. You could consider spoiling yourself with a Scheepjes Studio Pack which includes a full set of Catona cutie pies and everything you need to make mood boards and explore your creativity to the max.
Exactly how much yarn you need, and of which colors, is impossible for me to predict because your color placement is dictated by the temperatures in your home town or city. And we all know that nothing is as unpredictable as the weather!
However, to give you an estimate of how much yarn you will need, I used 77 balls of Scheepjes Sugar Rush, these are the smaller 50g/140m balls. For some of the colors I only used 1 ball, and other colors I used 4 or 5 balls. There are also 4 colors in my color chart that I did not need at all, so I have those balls in my stash but I did not use them.
The pattern is a rectangular blanket and consists of 3 distinct parts: (1) increasing the diagonal of the blanket from January 1st to May 25th, (2) keeping the diagonal length steady from May 26th to August 9th, and (3) decreasing the diagonal from August 10th to December 31st. Schematically the blanket can be drawn out as shown in the image to the right. The details of the pattern are given in my pattern.
Before you start your blanket, I really encourage you to make a gauge swatch, particularly if you are using a different yarn (weight) or hook size to me. The reason is that I want you to make the swatch is so that you have at least a rough idea of the final size of your blanket. In my gauge swatch a 10cm (4in) x 10cm (4in) patch comes to 11 C2C pixels. The blanket will be 145 pixels wide by 220 pixels high, so based on my gauge my blanket will be 130cm (53″) x 200cm (82″); which actually matches the final size of the blanket perfectly. I suggest you make a gauge swatch also, just to be sure on size. You don’t want to end up with a monstrously large blanket.
If you have not done C2C crochet before and you would like to learn, I have a video tutorial as part of my Crochet Fundamentals that covers the basics of C2C. I hope that this video will get you started in this fun technique. I have the video available in a right handed and left handed version.
My finished C2C Temperature blanket 2018
Making a temperature blanket is no small task. It takes serious commitment, and particularly when the blanket is at it’s widest point it takes more than an hour a day to work the stripes. The challenge of sticking with it and working a stripe everyday is what I find most difficult. At the same time, I am not one to take a challenge lying down, so I stuck with it and completed my blanket. I was always very happy when the weather had a sudden change, because that meant a serious change in my blanket. Loved it!
Looking at 2018 as a whole, it was a seriously warm year! If I had to use one word to summarize the year, it would be HOT. There were many days above 35oC (95oF), and we had one of the driest years ever recorded in Europe. Many heat wave records and all time high day time temperature records were broken. These hot temperatures reflect in my blanket, which is mostly orange, red and purple, starting from early March till late September. Only the outer corners of the blanket are proof that we did have cooler temperatures in 2018.
My finished blanket is spot on in regards to size. It is 130cm (53″) x 200cm (82″), which makes it very suitable for a single bed or to use on the couch.
More finished blankets
In 2018 many people made (or maybe just started and never finished?) a C2C temperature blanket with me. I am really proud of everyone who participated with me. Just look at all these wonderful blankets!