Find Weather Temperatures for Crochet Blankets

Find Weather Temperatures for Crochet Blankets

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Crochet Temperature Afghan - Kristen

Crochet Temperature Afghan – Kristen

Where Do You Find the Weather Temperature Readings?

Remembering to view the temperatures when life gets in the way is a strong factor for crocheters not to finish their afghans. Luckily, there is at least one website called VisualCrossing.com as a resource to look back into the past.

Below will be 4 examples of crocheters who belong to The Crochet Crowd with their approaches.

 

Historical Weather Dashboard

Historical Weather Dashboard. Click the dashboard to begin.

Don’t Over Complicate Your Afghan

When talking about this, in theory, crocheters get the ideas to also do the highs and lows plus even for any rain or snow. Pick an element that you know you are comfortable with. Adding 2 or more other factors sounds great now, but in a month from now, will you regret it or will the project already be collecting dust.

How to Use Visual Crossing Website

Firstly, it’s free if you don’t download anything. But you can observe and take your notes or screenshots.

Example:

Once you enter in your location, set the time frame to be one year by changing the date.

  1. You will see the normal, highs and lows. The grey is the actual temperature. You have to decide where on each day to get the temperature.
  2. Use this overall picture to see how low and high you want to go temperature-wise.
  3. This will give you an idea of how many colours you can break your afghan into.

Below are 4 Year Outlooks for the weather. One for Indiana, USA, Nova Scotia Canada, Phoenix Arizona and Sydney Australia. Notice that each of our weather scales are different. For example, Sydney is considered backwards in the heat scale as it’s in the Southern Hemisphere or we are considered backwards to them.

Example from Indiana where Jeanne Lives

Crochet Temperature Afghan Indiana

Crochet Temperature Afghan Indiana

Example of Nova Scotia Canada, Where Mikey Lives

Crochet Temperature Weather Data Information

Crochet Temperature Weather Data Information – Nova Scotia, Canada

Example of Phoenix Arizona where my friend Diann Lives

Crochet Temperature Afghan Phoenix

Crochet Temperature Afghan Phoenix

Example of Sydney Australia

Crochet Temperature Afghan Sydney

Crochet Temperature Afghan Sydney

Temperature Blanket Shopping - Mallory White

Temperature Blanket Shopping – Mallory White

Breaking Up Colours

Mallory White has gone shopping and decided on the colours while in the shopping cart. She then took a photo and then marked on the photo the representation of each of the colour ranges for the weather.

For areas like Arizona where the temperature hovers for months at a time in the same general area, those crocheters may need to break up the temperature between 5-degree increments so the afghan doesn’t appear to be the same colour for a large section of the afghan.

Isolating Data

Once you know the general scale of the entire colour pallet, you can zoom in and see a closer look at the temperatures. You want to know the ACTUAL. Select a temperature within the actual range. It could be the highest, lowest or right in the middle. You decide.

Crochet Temperature Afghan Reading

Crochet Temperature Afghan Reading

You can look and make your notes. If you need to download anything, it will require you to have a membership. Your call on what you want to do.

Let’s View Some Examples

Jenny and Her Sister

Jenny and her sister both did a temperature afghan in the same year. Jenny lives in Arizona while her sister lives in northern Michigan. You can see, both of their afghans are very different based on climate.

The blankets were 80″ x 80″ using single crochet with a 5.5 mm / I Hook. There is 300 sts across. Jenny said, “Temperatures used were the high temperature, except in some cases where the high temp occurred for a short time overnight, so I chose the temperature range it was most of the day.”

Crochet Temperature Afghan - Jennifer Anderson

Crochet Temperature Afghan – Jenny Anderson

They also recorded a colour chart so both of them would follow the same colour spectrum. They have shared that with us below. You can change your temperature scale that best suits you.

Temperature Colour Chart

Temperature Colour Chart

Kristen

Kristen did a gorgeous C2C (Corner to Corner) Memory Temperature Afghan leading up to the year of her best friend’s wedding. It started July 9, 2015, to July 8, 2016. You see, you can start a temperature afghan at any time.

Living in West Virginia she selected colours that made sense for her region. She used HDC instead of DC for her C2C which reduced the size to be more manageable.

She broke the temperature into 5-degree intervals and you really can see with the Caron Simply Soft colours, the breaking down of the range more narrowly produces incredible stripes.

Kristen says, “It’s a good size for two people to snuggle under.”

Crochet Temperature Afghan - Kristen

Crochet Temperature Afghan – Kristen

M.J.

I could stare at this for a long time. The thought process is more than just temperature in this one. M.J. really thought about what is meaningful.

Using 12 colours of Paton’s Classic Wool with 10-degree increments of temperature, she thought about snow. The white in the blanket is the days it snowed. Also, you will see variegated black swirls in this, those are birthdays that she felt worthy to be in her afghan.

She used Let’s Twirl by Felted Button as her pattern. The swirls are lined up by the date.

Get-Crochet-Crowd-Pattern-PDF

Let’s Twirl Pattern

Crochet Temperature Afghan - M.J. Crawford

Crochet Temperature Afghan – M.J. Crawford

Lori

Lori also did a colour breakdown for her temperature afghan. I’m unsure of where she lives but there is certainly a lot of blue in this photo.

Crochet Temperature Afghan – Lori Mahar

Mikey, aka Michael Sellick, of The Crochet Crowd, started this online journey back in 2008. A mere hobby in trying to reach out to others as he was mentally struggling with his own issues. His goal was simple, find others in the yarn communities, like him, that have a common interest.

The journey and main baby of the whole idea started with a YouTube Channel and then in 2011, an official website was developed. Michael is not only the face of The Crochet Crowd but also the working engine behind the crowd in self-taught programming, social media and so much more.

Enjoy the stitching journey. Life is short, enjoy this wonderful hobby and all of the learning opportunities that come with it.