I enjoy temperature projects because they are a fun way to keep track of a year. For 2020 I have designed a temperature blanket which fades from light to dark colors, my Faded Fantasy Temperature Blanket in the soft and woolly Scheepjes Metropolis yarn. In this post you find everything you need to know, including the free pattern in English (US terms) and Dutch, yarn colors as well as an estimate for yarn amounts. Join me in the challenge of committing to a project for a full year.
- Add Faded Fantasy Temperature Blanket to your Ravelry Library
- Faded Fantasy Temperature Blanket Pattern US
- Faded Fantasy Temperature Deken Patroon Nederlands
- Yarn used is Scheepjes Metropolis in combination with a 3.0mm (US D/3) hook
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Faded Fantasy Colorways
The idea behind my Faded Fantasy Temperature Blanket is to choose a color you love, and then make a fade in that color using 8 shades from light to dark. I have chosen Scheepjes Metropolis yarn for my Faded Fantasy blanket because it comes in 80 colors, which makes it possible to make a variety of faded colorways, and because it’s a sock weight yarn which keeps the blanket at a manageable size.
I have selected 3 fades that I think you might like in shades of pink, blue, and green. I have named the colorways Precious Pink Fade, Bubbly Blue Fade, and Graceful Green fade. Which is your favorite? I am going to make my Fantasy Fade in the Precious Pink colorway.
For each Fade I have defined the temperatures that go along with each color. I have defined these temperatures based on the climate I live in. If you live in a climate that is very different from the climate in western Europe, you can shift the temperatures up or down to work better with your local weather prognosis.
It’s impossible to predict how much yarn you will need for the blanket because the color placement is still unknown. I have the following yarn amounts of Scheepjes Metropolis in my project bag as a starting point.
I have based these starting amounts on the general weather pattern for my country and it’s nothing more than an estimate. If your climate is very different, you will need different yarn amounts.
UPDATE: Finished Blanket
I made my Faded Fantasy blanket using the Precious Pink colorway for the year 2020, a strange year in which we went through a worldwide pandemic, lockdowns and other things we have never experienced before. 2020 was yet again a HOT year, similar to 2019 and 2018, with not a single ice day. An ice day is a day in which the maximum temperature stays below freezing. Unfortunately I did not get to use my lowest temperature color, it was been left unused in my project box. The highest temperature color on the other hand has been used way more than I expected because of the insane heat wave. In this photo, the bottom left corner corresponds to January 1st, and the top right corner corresponds to December 31st.
UPDATE: Yarn amounts for MY blanket
I can give you yarn amounts for MY blanket, but your yarn amounts could be different because you will have a different temperature distribution. However, it does give you a ballpark idea of how much yarn you will use. I used the following yarn amounts of Scheepjes Metropolis in the Precious Pink colorway:
- 0 x Scheepjes Metropolis 24 : Cota
- 1 x Scheepjes Metropolis 61 : Tokyo
- 1 x Scheepjes Metropolis 52 : Bogota
- 2 x Scheepjes Metropolis 60 : Jaipur
- 3 x Scheepjes Metropolis 51: Marrakech
- 5 x Scheepjes Metropolis 54: Lima
- 2 x Scheepjes Metropolis 55: Johannesburg
- 1 x Scheepjes Metropolis 60 : Santiago
The pattern for the blanket is a square worked in single crochet stitches along the diagonal of the blanket. Each day the diagonal is increased with 2 stitches until half way through the year when we decrease the diagonal by two stitches a day up to the end of the year. At its maximum the diagonal has 366 stitches. I have two versions of the pattern available, one for a normal year, and one for a leap year. 2020 is a leap year, so I need to compensate for that in the pattern. 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 what you can expect the final size of your blanket to be. Make about 25 rows of the pattern in the same yarn and hook size as you want to use for your blanket. I use a 3mm hook with Metropolis yarn. For my gauge swatch I used two random colors of Metropolis yarn I still have around the house, but you can also use one of the colors from your fade. Measure your gauge swatch in cm, and multiply the sizes with 7.3 to give you an indication of the final dimensions of your blanket in cm.
Note that your gauge swatch will be a triangle after 25 rows. To make the square as shown in the photograph below, work the decrease rows given in the pattern. Our final blanket will be a square. The length on the two edges of my swatch after 25 rows is about 13cm. This means my blanket will be about 95cm (38″) square. This is a comfortable lapghan sized blanket.
Which temperature to use?
I use the maximum temperature for each day, but you can also use the minimum temperature, average temperature, or temperature at a certain time during the day. I use a website called www.weerstatistieken.nl to find information on the temperatures for my city. Weerstatistieken.nl gives the temperatures recorded at all official weather stations in The Netherlands. A search on the internet should give you similar websites for your own country.
Other Temperature Projects
If you are looking for more temperature projects, I have two more designs for you, both are perfect ways to keep track of the coming year, or to record a special year from the past.
With the Bohemian Temperature Wrap we make a triangular wrap which grows from only one stitch on January 1st, to a long edge of over 150 stitches on December 30th. This pattern uses Scheepjes Cotton 8 and is perfect for a leap year, because you simply add one more row to the pattern.
A second design I have for you is my C2C Temperature blanket. This was my first temperature blanket, and I made it in 2018 when we had an insanely hot summer. The blanket uses over 40 colors of Scheepjes Maxi Sweet Treat is one big explosion of RED.
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