As its nearing 2018 I’m sure of few of you are starting to think about a Temperature Blanket so thought I would share my pattern as a few people have asked about it over the last year.
For those of you that know me on Instagram, you will know that I have been plugging away on the labour of love that is my 2017 Tunisian Crochet Temperature Blanket. It started off very successfully in the first few months but I soon got myself behind and at one point I was 3 months behind (I blame early pregnancy and zero motivation). Our little girl arrived at the beginning of November and I’ve got behind on the blanket again, a mixture of lack of time and energy and I am still deliberating over which yarn I can use to mark the birth of our little girl… I’m thinking a metallic looking yarn but it is still to be decided 🙂
I was really keen to do my Temperature Blanket in Tunisan Crochet as I love the texture and it works up really neat. For anyone that has not tried it, Tunisian crochet simple stitch is achieved by creating two ‘passes’ which creates a row. For the ‘forward pass’ you pick up stitches (a bit like casting on in knitting) and on the ‘return pass’ you pull the yarn through those stitches and drop them off your hook. You will find lots of great tutorials on YouTube for the tunisan simple stitch and it really is very easy to do. I would advise watching one of these if you are new to Tunisian Crochet as it’s much easier to understand when watching it.
Because a row is made up of two passes, it has the possibility of creating a really lovely effect as essentially one row can have two colours and this makes the rows blend together really well and avoids constant solid colour changes. For this reason I classed each pass as a day so each row consists of two days. Another big reason for this was to avoid having a super long blanket which I know some people have found using other crochet stitches and creating 365 rows. By using a crochet cushion I had made previously using the same size hook and yarn, I had a swatch (of sorts) and calculated how many stitches I would need to make it proportional (very technical method, I know!).
The finished blanket will measure approximately 32 x 50 inches.
So if you fancy replicating my blanket here is my ‘how to’ …
For this pattern, I used:
4mm Tunisian crochet hook with cable
Needle for weaving in yarn
Yarn (Stylecraft Special DK)
You can use any colours you like but I chose the following for UK temperatures. You may wish to choose your own temperature intervals depending where you live. I used the highest daily temperature and found using a weather recording website the easiest way of keeping on track of this.
0c – 4c, Silver
5c – 9c, Parma Violet
10c – 14c, Duck Egg
15c – 19c, Lemon
20c – 24c, Apricot
25c – 29c, Pale Rose
>30c Vintage Peach (I didn’t initially plan for temperatures above 30c so in hindsight I would swap these last two colours around)
To start you will use the first colour yarn as indicated by the temperature on 1st January and your temperature chart. Chain 150 stitches.
Forward Pass – Using the same colour to complete day one, Insert hook into the second chain from the hook, yarn over and pull-up loop. You will leave that loop on your hook and continue to pick up loops across the row until you reach the end and they are all gathered on your cable. DO NOT TURN. This completes your first day. For future forward passes, insert hook into the first vertical bar (from right to left), yarn over and pull through loop. Continue across the row, adding each loop to your hook. For the last stitch, insert hook into space before the last vertical bar which forms the end.
Return Pass – Yarn over and pull through one loop. For the remaining of the return pass, yarn over and pull through two loops until you reach the end. Leave two loops on the hook if changing colour on the next pass.
Colour Changes – If the temperature denotes a colour change use the following method:
If starting a new colour on the Forward Pass, do not complete the last stitch of the the previous Return Pass. Add your new colour by pulling through and completing the last stitch. This is because the last stitch pulls up to create the first vertical bar of the forward pass so you want it to be in your chosen colour. You then continue the Forward Pass as usual.
If starting a new colour on the Return Pass, simply change colour once the forward pass is complete. Pull new colour through and complete the Return Pass as usual.
When making lots of colour changes it is best to sew yarn ends in as you go as they can start to become loose…I learnt the hard way!
Keeping on track – I used a stitch marker to mark the first day of a new month to help me keep on track.
To Finish – To complete your blanket, end on a Return Pass. Insert hook under the next vertical bar. Yarn over and pull yarn through both loops . Repeat across the row to create a neat edge. Cut yarn and pull through loop to finish.
Edging – As I have not completed my blanket yet, I am unsure how I will edge it, possibly in DC (UK) or crab stitch but I am unsure yet what colours I will use. I will update once it is complete… hopefully by December 2018 😀
If you are on Instagram, I would love it if you would tag me, IvyandMabel, and use the hashtag #ivyandmabeltemperatureblanket so I can watch all your lovely blankets taking shape 🙂