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  1. Let's get going on this blanket then!

    **Make your foundation chain using a size larger hook than you are going to use for the rest of the project**

    This stops the 'tight first row' effect and makes the chain slightly easier to work back into. I used a 5mm hook. 

    I started by crocheting a chain of 202. I want the width to be similar to a prevous blanket I made, that's why I chose this number. This chain length should ultimately give a nicely shaped blanket in relation to the length (366 rows!). 

    Using the same colour (it still counts as Day 1) and using my 4mm hook, I skipped the first 2 stitches in the chain and double crocheted along the foundation chain in each stitch to the end (200 stitches). This is a fiddly row, be patient and stick with it. Be careful not to twist the chain as you go, keep it as flat as you can. 

    A chain stitch is basically comprised of 3 strands of yarn. The front looks like a row of interlocking V shapes and each stitch has a bump or 'bar' at the back. When inserting your hook into the stitch, go in between the V and under the bar so that 2 of the strands are above your hook. This gives a lovely neat finish although it is more fiddly to do. I have done a really quick video to illustrate this for you:

    https://vimeo.com/383575684?ref=em-share

    I do say needle at one point in the video - I meant hook! #longday  

    Change colours as appropriate for your chosen colour palette at the end of the row. I fasten off the colour I was using and simply attach a new colour using a slipknot into the last stitch on the row.

    Repeat for each row **chain 2, dc in each stitch till end of row** . 

    That's it - pattern set!

    Good luck and let me know how you get on. 

    Lots of love,

    Roberta

    xx

    Top Tips

    Weave ends in as you go or crochet over them as you work your next row. This will save you the soul destroying job of weaving in over 700 yarn ends all in one go!

    Place a stitch marker at the end of every 7 rows/days. This will help if you miss a few days or weeks. You won't have to count all the rows to see where you left off, each stitch marker will represent a week on your blanket - much easier. Obviously a pen and paper or notepad on your phone would do the same job but who doesn't love a funky stitch marker?

  2. Hello!

    It's been a while since I wrote on here but here goes!

    I have fancied making a temperature blanket for a while now and decided at the start of the year that I was just going to bite the bullet and make one. It's a big commitment for me as I'm one of these crafters that gets bored after one sock so who knows if I'll get to the end! Let's do it together.......

    The basic idea of a temperature blanket is that you choose a period of time and represent the temperature changes over that time in yarn form. It can be done over a few months or years. It can be a special length of time like a pregnancy, a year for every year of marriage or life, a birth year, anything you fancy. It is such a flexible concept, it can be as personalised a project as you want it to be.

    Firstly I had to decide on a colour palette. There are so many options out there it can seem pretty overwhelming. I thought for the purpose of this CAL I would stick to the traditional colours of red for hot, blue for cold and a classic gradient in between. 

     temp blanket colourway 1

     

    As you can see from the photo, I got the order of my colours muddled up and Sunshine and Spice need to swap places!

     

    I chose 10 colours and each colour corresponds to 3 specific temps. Check out the writing on the end of the pegs to see what I mean. The yarns I'm using are all Stylecraft Special DK because that's what I have in my leftover stash (all those Attic 24 weekend bags!) but you can use any yarns you like. I would advise you use the same weight of yarn throughout your palette or individual rows may not be the same height. 

    Next we need to plan the design of the blanket. Yet again there are so many options here, c2c, granny squares, rows, half rows, high temps, low temps, both temps, daily temps, weekly average temps......it's exhausting once you start to think about it!

    I have decided to let the colours do the talking and opt for a classic row design with one row per day. OK you think, that's the planning over, let's get on with the crochet - not quite........ 

    The size of the stitch is so important in this project. Too tall a stitch and the blanket will be ridiculously heavy and long. You risk simply not finishing it and if you do, it will more than likely get put away in a cupboard never to be used again. What a shame after all that work! 

    I played around with a few stitches, I even tried simply slip stitching my rows. This was quick to do but I didn't like the overall look. I then tried slip stitching in front loops and in turn back loops only but wasn't keen on those either. 

    So I settled on a simple double crochet (dc) (UK terms) stitch. Fast to do, uses less yarn and the rows will not be overly tall. By my calculations (and maths is not my strong point so bear with me here) the finished blanket will be approx 2m in length without it's finishing border. It's still working out pretty large!

    2 of my dc rows measure about 1cm. If you are in doubt about sizes, it is always advisable to make up a tension square (fab tutorial here https://bit.ly/2s80oVq ) so you can see exactly how large your finished stitches are with the hook and yarn you are using. Don't forget you can go up or down a hook size to acheive the size you want. 

     

    And that's the basics covered. We have chosen our colours, the design we are producing and the stitch that we are using. 

    Game on!