My Temperature Blanket Recipe

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UPDATE: Full pattern released December 2, 2021!

I have been getting a lot of interest on my half-finished Temperature Blanket from 2020 (I promise to finish it this year, wink wink). So I thought I would answer all the questions and give my basic recipe for how I am making one. When I finish my blanket, I will update this post with a link to the full pattern in my shop, but this will definitely get you started! I’m going to walk you through my process for picking colors, creating a temperature range, and helpful tips for making your own Temperature Blanket.

One of the biggest factors to a successful Temperature Blanket is to pick colors you like. It does not have to be rainbow colors. However, make sure to choose a yarn that won’t be discontinued any time soon and comes in a wide range of colors. For my first blanket, I picked Knit Picks/We Crochet Brava Worsted yarn. It’s an affordable yarn that I’ve used before and enjoy working with, plus it comes in so many different colors. You’ll want to pick about 10 or more different colors, depending on the temperature range you want to create. Obviously the more colors you have, the more colorful and nuanced your blanket will be. Also make sure to add in a neutral color, like cream, gray, or black, to use as a Monthly Marker.

The next thing you want to do is decide whether you want to record the high temps or the low temps for each day. For my blanket, I choose to focus on the high temps. It’s also important to create your own temperature range based on your local area, since some places don’t range in temperature as much as other places, or your temps may be more extreme (hot or cold) than other parts of the world. For example, I live in Arizona where it doesn’t really get below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for the high during the winter and the summer can be as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit!

Make a list of the colors you have and then divide up your temperature range amongst the colors. For my range, I did a 5 degree gap, since I wanted to make sure my blanket had a lot of colorful nuance. Here’s my Temperature range as an example:

Mesa, Arizona Temperature Range

  • 115 and Above: Dove Heather
  • 110-114: Caution
  • 105-109: Seashell
  • 100-104: Rouge
  • 95-99: Cotton Candy
  • 90-94: Blush
  • 85-89: Seraphim
  • 80-84: Lady Slipper
  • 75-79: Freesia
  • 70-74: Tranquil
  • 60-69: Tidepool
  • 59 and Below: Hunter
  • Monthly Marker: Cream

Another important factor to a successful temperature blanket is to not make it in one big row-a-day block, because 365+ rows makes for a way too long blanket. It’s better to break it down into panels or squares so that your blanket will come out to a more manageable size. This also means less work each day/week since you’re only working on a portion of the blanket at a time. For mine, I decided to do two panels. It works out almost exactly even to split it into the first half of the year and the second half of the year, including a starting row and the 12 monthly markers.

The great thing about modern technology is that you can always access temperatures online. This is helpful for working on your blanket once a week or once a month, instead of trying to keep up daily if you’re like me and can’t commit to a daily year-long project. It also makes it easier to catch up should you fall behind, since you can always look up and record your temperatures for past dates. It also means you don’t necessarily have to do a temperature blanket for your current year! Pick a special year (like the year you were born or your child was born or you got married, etc) to help commemorate a milestone year you want to remember. I did go ahead and write down the daily temps in my notebook (or you can use a knitting project notebook like this) so I could cross them off as I worked that row and keep track of where I was for when I inevitably abandoned the project and came back to it.

You’ve got your yarn, you’ve got your temp range, now it’s time to get started! I chose the crochet moss stitch for my blanket, and that will be the pattern I share below. I highly recommend making a gauge swatch with all of your colors in order, so you can see how they will work together, as well as to measure your gauge. Gauge is not essential for this project, but it’s helpful to know you won’t get a blanket that’s too big or too small. Get the full pattern including Temperature Tracking Chart on Ravelry here and on Etsy here.

My Temperature Blanket (Crochet) Details

  • Finished Size: Panel – 18”/46 cm wide by 44”/112 cm long; Blanket – 40”/102 cm wide by 48”/122 cm long
  • Gauge: 16 sc and 16 rows = 4”/10 cm. Use a gauge tool like this to check your gauge swatch.
  • Hook: US Size H (5 mm) Clover Amour hook
  • Notions: Chibi yarn needle, scissors, tape measure
  • Yarn: Knit Picks/We Crochet Brava Worsted (100% acrylic; 218 yards/100 grams per skein) in 13 colors: 1-2 skeins in each color. See above for example colors. You could also get a couple sampler packs of Brava Worsted where all the colors are picked for you.

Use hashtag #mytemperatureblanket and #kountingsheep when sharing your progress on social media! You can also tag me @kountingsheep on Instagram for a chance to be shared in my Stories. Link your project on Ravelry here.

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Simon Says Stashbuster [Free Knitting Pattern]

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As I was getting ready to release my newest pattern, I realized that I don’t currently have any free knitting patterns on my blog. So in an effort to provide some free pattern options for my knitting friends, I decided that the Simon Says Stashbuster will be the first free knitting pattern! As with all my free patterns, you can find an ad-free downloadable pdf version on Ravelry and Etsy for a low cost if you prefer your patterns that way as well.

Download Simon Says Stashbuster on Ravelry here or Etsy here.

Simon says grab your scrap yarn. Simon says grab your knitting needles. Simon Says Stashbuster!

The Simon Says Stashbuster is the second pattern in the Fun & Games Collection for Summer 2019. This fun throw pattern is a great way to use up lots of worsted weight yarn, since knitted blocks are made using two strands of different colored yarn held double, and then all the squares are seamed together. The pattern includes four different patterned, textured squares that use just knit and purl stitches. Beginning knitters just starting out will find this pattern an easy way to try new stitches; advanced knitters will find this a quick way to use up lots of stash. Whatever your skill level, will you play Simon Says Stashbuster?

For other patterns in the Fun and Games Collection, click here. For a beginner book on learning to knit, click here. Or check out this learn to knit kit here.

Simon Says Stashbuster

Size: 43”/109 cm wide by 60”/152 cm long

Gauge: 9 sts and 16 rows in garter st = 4″/10 cm (gauge not essential for this project)

Needles:

  • US size 11 (8.00 mm) straight or circular (long circular is needed for the Edging)
  • My favorite Boye circular interchangeable set on Amazon here.

Yarn:

  • Scrap Worsted weight yarn in colors of choice: approximately 2100 yards/1920 meters; 40 oz/1134 grams
  • Examples of yarn brands used in pictured blanket: Red Heart With Love, Red Heart Soft, Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Hobby Libby Crafter’s Secret, Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn, Loops & Threads Impeccable

Notions:

Notes: You will need to make 12 Blocks to match the pattern measurements. Each Block should measure about 13″/ 33 cm by 14″/ 36 cm. If you end up making more Blocks for a bigger blanket, please note that you may need more yarn than suggested. Yarn is held double for each Block, and two different colors are used to create the variegated effect. This is a fun way to play with different color mixing, or you can keep it simple and use just a few colors. When using scrap yarn, try to use the same weight yarn throughout the blanket for consistency. The arrangement of the Blocks for seaming isn’t important as long as you have 3 Blocks across and 4 Blocks tall. For the pictured blanket, I made sure not to have the same pattern Blocks touching each other, but you can arrange your Blocks however you desire.

Abbreviations (US Terms):

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • PU – pick up
  • Rep – repeat
  • RS – right side
  • st, sts – stitches
  • WS – wrong side

Seaming methods tutorial here.

Picking up stitches tutorial here.

Pattern

Block 1: Garter St (Make 3)

With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 30 sts

Row 1 (RS): K all sts

Row 2 (WS): K all sts

Rows 3-56: Rep Rows 1-2 (28 garter ridges on the RS)

BO all sts in K st

Block 2: Seed St (Make 3)

With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 29 sts

Row 1 (RS): *K 1, P 1. Rep from * across to last st, K in last st

Rows 2-52: Rep Row 1 (K the P sts, P the K sts)

BO all sts in K st

Block 3: Waffle St (Make 3)

With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 31 sts

Row 1 (RS): *K 1, P 2. Rep from * across to last st, K in last st

Row 2 (WS): *P 1, K 2. Rep from * across to last st, P in last st

Row 3: K all sts

Row 4: P all sts

Rows 5-50: Rep Rows 1-4, ending on a Row 2 (WS)

BO all sts in K st

Block 4: Hurdle St (Make 3)

With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 30 sts

Row 1: K all sts

Row 2: K all sts

Row 3: *K 1, P 1. Rep from * across

Row 4: *K 1, P 1. Rep from * across

Rows 5-50: Rep Rows 1-4, ending on a Row 2 (WS)

BO all sts in K st

Finishing

Arrange Blocks as desired in rows of 3 Blocks wide by 4 Blocks tall. Seam Blocks together in rows using a single strand of yarn and a yarn needle, then sew the rows together. You can find a link to a tutorial on the different seaming methods here. For the pictured blanket, I used the whipstitch seaming method. Weave in all ends and continue to EDGING.

Edging

Use long circular needles to work the EDGING. Work one side of the throw at a time, picking up sts evenly along each edge so that it doesn’t bunch (too few) or ruffle (too many). Tutorial link for picking up sts here.

Row 1 (RS): With 2 strands of yarn held together, PU and K evenly along top edge of the  blanket. Turn.

Rows 2-8: K all sts. Turn.

After Row 8, BO all sts with RS facing, but keep last BO st on needle.  Turn throw 90 degrees in preparation to PU sts along the next edge.

Rep Rows 1-8 for each side of the throw.

After last edge has been worked, BO final st. Weave in any remaining ends.

Use hashtag #simonsaysstashbuster to share your projects on Instagram! Add your project on Ravelry here, or download an easy to follow PDF version of the pattern for a low cost. I hope you enjoy this pattern, and happy knitting!

Pattern for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: “Made using a pattern from Kountingsheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com ” Do not use the photos from this pattern to sell your items. Do not copy and paste the pattern from this blog post to create your own pattern document. Downloadable pattern is available for purchase here.

Copyright 2019. All photos and written content contained in this pattern are the property of Jenny Galusha-Luna

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Shine Bright Blanket [Free Crochet Pattern]

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It’s no secret that blankets are one of my favorite types of projects to make. I especially love to give away handmade blankets as gifts. There is nothing quite like wrapping up in a warm blanket that feels like wrapping up in a hug, over and over again. The Shine Bright Blanket is a fast project that is great for a last minute blanket gift. It uses a large hook and yarn held double to help you whip up a blanket over just a few days! The Shine Bright Blanket is also a great option for donation, charity, or even for yourself! Spread love through handmade blankets and shine your light brightly in this world!

Download an ad-free PDF version of the pattern on Ravelry here.

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Shine Bright Blanket

Size: 45″/114 cm wide by 66″/168 cm long

Gauge:

  • 7 dc and 3.5 rows = 4″/10 cm (plain dc was used for a gauge swatch)
  • Gauge not essential for this project

Hooks:

Yarn:

  • Caron One Pound (100% acrylic; 16 oz/453 grams, 812 yards/742 meters): Soft Pink, 2 skeins; Peach, 2 skeins; Cream, 1 skein
  • Or similar Size 4 medium (Aran) yarn of choice in at least 2 colors for Body (approximately 2400 yards) and one color for Edging (approximately 400 yards)

Notions:

Abbreviations (US Terms):

  • ch, chs – chain, chains
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • Rep – repeat
  • Rnd – round
  • RS – right side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp, sps – space, spaces
  • st, sts – stitch, stitches
  • WS – wrong side

Notes: You will need to hold two strands of yarn together to work the Body of this blanket with the larger hook. For the pictured sample, I used two solid colors to create a new shade, but you can mix colors in any way you choose! This is a great pattern for using up large amounts of worsted or Aran weight yarn; you will need about 2400 yards for the Body of the blanket. The Edging is worked with a singe strand of yarn in a contrasting neutral color, or color of choice with the smaller hook; you will need about 400 yards for the Edging. Gauge is not essential for this project, but please note that if your gauge is different, you may require more yarn than the suggested amounts. The pattern uses 1 full skein and 1 half skein of each main color for the Body of the blanket, and about 1 half skein of the contrasting color for the Edging of the blanket in the suggested yarn.

Pattern: Body

With larger hook and two strands of yarn held together (1 Peach and 1 Soft Pink or 2 colors of choice), Ch 75

Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across. Turn. (73 dc)

Rows 2-4: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in each dc across. Turn. (73 dc)

Row 5 (RS): Ch 3, 2 dc in same first st, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc, *5 dc in next dc (Shell created), sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc. Rep from * across to last dc, 3 dc in last dc. Turn. (73 sts)

Row 6 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first dc, sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc (Shell created), sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc, work Shell in next sc, sk next 2 dc. Rep from * across to last dc, sc in last dc. (73 sts)

Row 7 (RS): Ch 3, 2 dc in same first st, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc, *5 dc in next sc (Shell created), sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc. Rep from * across to last st, 3 dc in last st. Turn. (73 sts)

Row 8 (WS): Rep Row 6. (73 sts)

Row 9 (RS): Ch 3, 1 dc in each st across. Turn. (73 dc)

Rep Rows 2-9 six more times for a total of 7 repeats. Then Rep Rows 2-4 ONCE more.

Fasten off. Continue to EDGING.

Pattern: Edging

Rnd 1: With RS facing, smaller hook and one strand of Edging color yarn, join with sl st in any corner of blanket. Ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in first corner, sc evenly across first edge of blanket to next corner, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in next corner, sc evenly across next edge of blanket to next corner. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc), hdc in same first st as joining, *(hdc, ch 2, hdc) in ch-2 corner sp, hdc in each sc to next ch-2 corner sp. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc.

Rnd 3: Sl st over to first ch-2 corner sp, *7 dc in ch-2 corner sp, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts.

(7 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk next 2 sts) across edge of blanket to next ch-2 corner sp. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first dc.

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *(sl st in next dc, ch 2) 6 times, sk sc, sl st in next dc, ch 2. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sl st.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends with a yarn needle.

Use hashtag #shinebrightblanket to share your projects on Instagram! Add your project on Ravelry here, or download an easy to follow PDF version of the pattern for a low cost. I hope you enjoy this pattern, and remember to shine bright!

Pattern for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: “Made using a pattern from Kountingsheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com ” Do not use the photos from this pattern to sell your items. Do not copy and paste the pattern from this blog post to create your own pattern document. Downloadable pattern is available for purchase here.

Copyright 2019. All photos and written content contained in this pattern are the property of Jenny Galusha-Luna

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Comforting Granny Stripe Blanket [Free Pattern]

Crochet the Comforting Granny Stripe Blanket with your favorite cozy yarn or all your leftover scrap yarns for a fun color explosion! This blanket is a repetitive stitch pattern that works up quickly with Bulky weight yarn and a large hook. Finish this classic crochet blanket and curl up with a good book for a comforting way to chase away the cold!

This pattern is slightly different from my Straight Granny Blanket Pattern, because I wanted something with a tighter weave. My main reason for posting this pattern is because I wanted to make this blanket with a larger hook size. I’m not claiming to be the first person to ever come up with this, I’m just wanting to offer my version of how I’m making this blanket, and I hope you find it helpful! Pattern previously called “Hermione Granny Stripe” and has now been updated with new name, yarn, and other details as of March 2021!

Download an ad-free version of the blanket on Ravelry here or on Etsy here for a low cost. Please note that the below pattern contains Amazon affiliate links.

COMFORTING GRANNY STRIPE BLANKET

FINISHED SIZE: 50”/127 cm wide by 62”/157 cm long

GAUGE: 10 dc and 6 rows = 4″/10 cm

HOOK: US Size J Boye Ergonomic crochet hook 6.00mm (Get a full set of Boye Ergonomic crochet hooks here.)

YARN: Lion Brand Homespun (98% acrylic, 2% other fibers; 6 oz/170 grams; 185 yards/169 meters per skein):

  • 5 skeins in color “Sierra” (MC)
  • 2 skeins in color “Barks” (CC1)
  • 2 skeins in color “Fiesta” (CC2)
  • 2 skeins in color “Pueblo” (CC3)
  • 2 skeins in color “Corinthian” (CC4)
  • Or similar size 5 Bulky yarn in 5 colors: 925 yards/845 meters in MC, and 370 yards/338 meters in each of CC1, CC2, CC3, and CC4.
  • NOTIONS: Tape measure, scissors, yarn needle for weaving in ends

    Learn to crochet with this book here.

    NOTES: Gauge is not essential for this project, but if you use a different size hook or yarn, you may need more than the suggested amount of yarn. The pattern uses the traditional “Granny Stitch” with NO chains between each 3dc group. This gives the blanket a tighter fabric with smaller gaps. Chain a multiple of 3 + 2 to make your blanket bigger or smaller than pattern. Make sure to leave your ends at least 6″/15 cm long when changing colors to make weaving in ends easier. Also, you can carry the MC up the side and not cut each time since MC is used every 2 rows.

    ABBREVIATIONS (US Terms): 

    • CC – contrasting color
    • ch, chs – chain, chains
    • dc – double crochet
    • hdc – half double crochet
    • MC – main color
    • rep – repeat
    • Rnd/Rnds –  round, rounds
    • RS – right side
    • sc – single crochet
    • sl st – slip stitch
    • sp, sps – space, spaces
    • st, sts – stitch, stitches
    • WS – wrong side

    PATTERN:
    With MC, Ch 125. 
    Row 1 (RS):
     Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (124 sc)
    Row 2 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 1 dc in same stitch, *skip next 2 sts, 3 dc in next st (known as 3dc group here and throughout). Rep from * across to last 3 sts. Skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in last st, changing to CC1 in last dc. Turn. (40 3dc groups + 4 dc; 124 dc total)
    Row 3 (RS): With CC1, ch 3. Skip next st, and working between the skipped st and the 3dc group, 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last two sts. Skip next st, dc in last st. Turn. (41 3dc groups + 2 dc; 124 dc total)
    Row 4 (WS): Ch 3, 1 dc in between the first st of the previous row and the first 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last 4 sts. Skip next 3dc group, 1 dc in between the last two st. Dc in last st, changing to MC in last dc. Turn. (40 3dc groups + 4 dc; 124 dc total)

    Color pattern as follow:

    • 2 rows MC
    • 2 rows CC1
    • 2 rows MC
    • 2 rows CC2
    • 2 rows MC
    • 2 rows CC3
    • 2 rows MC
    • 2 rows CC4

    Rows 5-94: Rep Rows 3-4 following color pattern listed above until Blanket measures 60″/152 cm long or desired length, ending on a RS MC row. For the final row, with MC, Ch 1, sc in every st. Fasten off. Weave in all ends with a yarn needle before moving onto edging.

    Continue to Edging.

    EDGING:
    With RS facing and MC, join in the top left corner of blanket

    Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in first st (this is the first corner), turn blanket 90 degrees to work sc evenly along first long edge to next corner. (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in next corner. Sc evenly around entire blanket, working (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in each remaining corner. Join with sl st to first sc, changing to CC of choice.

    Rnd 2 (RS): With CC, ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc), hdc in same st as joining and each sc around, working 3 hdc in each corner ch-1 sp. Fasten off.

    Weave in remaining ends with a yarn needle.

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    *Pattern for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: Made using a pattern from Kountingsheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com

    *Please note this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you shop through the link at no additional cost to you. All opinions and pictures contained in this post are my own.