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Faded Fantasy Temperature Blanket – free pattern, colorway and yarn amounts

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.


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.

Scheepjes Metropolis yarn is available from Wool Warehouse (Ships International) and Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU) and well as many other Scheepjes Stockists.

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.

Yarn Amounts

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.

Metropolis 24
Metropolis 19
Metropolis 23
1 ball
Metropolis 61
Metropolis 9
Metropolis 21
2 balls
Metropolis 52
Metropolis 14
Metropolis 29
3 balls
Metropolis 60
Metropolis 5
Metropolis 28
3 balls
Metropolis 51
Metropolis 4
Metropolis 32
Abu Dhabi
4 balls
Metropolis 55
Metropolis 3
Metropolis 31
3 balls
Metropolis 54
Metropolis 2
Metropolis 27
San Juan
2 balls
Metropolis 53
Metropolis 1
Metropolis 16
1 ball

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.

Scheepjes Metropolis yarn is available from Wool Warehouse (Ships International) and Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU) and well as many other Scheepjes Stockists.

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

Scheepjes Metropolis yarn is available from Wool Warehouse (Ships International) and Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU) and well as many other Scheepjes Stockists.


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.

Gauge swatch

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 to find information on the temperatures for my city. 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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38 thoughts on “Faded Fantasy Temperature Blanket – free pattern, colorway and yarn amounts”

  1. Mooie kleuren, ik wil de groene, wat kan ik gebruiken als we onder de 0 graden gaan, ik woon in het Oosten dus dat gebeurt hier nog wel eens.

      1. I don’t see the pattern on this page either. And I searched the page for ch2 and the only place it shows up is in your comment here. So I’m not sure the pattern is showing!

        1. Bah, and I spotted the link right after. i was expecting the pattern text to actually be on the page. Sorry!

  2. I love the idea of this project. I have a question. I live in Canada and from November to April, the temperature is usually below zero. Should I create 5 degrees sections and add new colors of yarn to take me from <0 to <-35 celcius? Or simply add more yarn to <0 but there would be a lot of that color? Your advice will be appreciated. Chantal

  3. I would like to participate in this project for 2020. And, would like to make this blanket for my 2-year-old granddaughter. She has extremely bad eczema and is allergic to wool. Is there any chance you could recommend a Scheepjes cotton yarn and the colors that I could use for the Precious Pink Blanket. Thank you.

  4. Hi Esther, I too am from Canada so was thinking of doing the Bubbly Blue for above zero and the Precious Pink for below zero. Please give me your honest opinion, I have a really hard time picking colors so am never sure if the go together or not.
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Joanne, yes the blue and pink go together for sure, but I would do the blue for below zero, and the pink for above zero. And then I would do the blue in reverse order, so that the the light color from the blue is next to the light color from the pink. Then the darkest colors blue are -30 or something like that. That way the fades follow a natural feeling of how colors and temperatures correlate.
      So I would shift the pink one slot, so that all the pink is above zero, that adds a +35C. And put the blue in reverse order for everything below zero. That gives you up to -35C. And if that doesn’t match your climate, I am out of ideas! 😀

      1. Thank you Esther, I appreciate your help. I was thinking about making this change too. I am super excited these two color ways go together. I will definitely change th direct for the blues as you suggest.
        Thanks again, have a great weekend!!

  5. I’m looking at your temperature scale and half of it is missing! 😀

    I guess that’s what I get for it not being weird to have highs from -25C to +35C (if we don’t count “feels like”). My temp blanket had 16 colours, with 5 degree increments, and using the “feels like” temperatures I ranged from -37C to +46C.

    1. Hahahaha, indeed, that’s what happens when you live in an impossible climate! 😀 You could stretch up the temperature ranges. I took steps of 5C, but you could increase the steps to 10C, that whay you can still work with 8 colors. Alternatively, add more colors at the top and bottom.

  6. Hi, I was wondering if I could do your Bohemian Temperature Wrap with Scheepjes Metropolis yarn? Or will that be too big of a yarn for that project?

  7. Hallo Esther , wat een leuk idee deze temperatuurdeken!Ik ben benieuwd of er nog meer kleurencombinaties komen?Ik wil graag een deken maken in paarse tinten , maar ben erg slecht in kleuren bij elkaar zoeken…….

  8. Hi I want to make a temp blanket next year for our 20th wedding anniversary but I cant find the English instructions. Both the links lead to the Dutch version. Could you point me in the right direction for English please?

  9. Hey there! I have just started my own temperature blanket project as well, I came across yours searching for other bloggers who make one for 2020. I use a simple Chevron pattern, though. Happy to follow your progress as you go along! 🙂

  10. Hi Esther, I am struggling with the instructions regarding the gauge. Your calculations of 21 times 7.3 is 153.3 cm. How does this equate to 37 in square?

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