I did it! My year long project of 2016 is finished. I cannot wait to use my temperature scarf. Love-love-love-it.
Beware … long post …
In December 2015 I found a group on Facebook called Temperature Blanket Yarn-Along. A bunch of enthusiastic crocheters from all over the world who were to crochet a temperature blanket in 2016. Because I had crochet several blankets already I wanted to play along with something else.
I chose to knit a scarf. It would be simple and long. I estimated it would be about 3,5 or 4 meters long. I like long scarfs. I still have one I knitted in 1980/81. Perfect protection against snow while riding my bike!
- 36 colors from Scheepjeswol Colour Crafter for temperatures -5ºC till +30ºC. (I did not think the temperature would get any higher or lower. Or so I thought.)
I chose: Almelo, Alphen, Ameland, Amersfoort, Amstelveen, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Assen, Burum, Den Bosch, Den Helder, Deventer, Dokkum, Dordrecht, Eelde, Eindhoven, Heerlen, Hengelo, Hoorn, Leek, Leerdam, Leeuwarden, Leiden, Lelystad, Meppel, Middelburg, Nijmegen, Ommen, Rhenen, Roermond, Sittard, Tiel, Tynaarlo, Urk, Utrecht, Venlo.
- 2 extra colors as for in between days (grey – Wolvega) and in between months (white – Barneveld).
- 3 bended double pointed needles size 3,5 mm
- 1 crochet hook size 3,5 mm
I set down with my chosen colors all around me on the floor to decide the color palette.
And so I started knitting.
And it did not work. It did not work 3 times. Because colors did not feel right, pink was the wrong color for 4ºC. So I set to work on my 4th and final color palette. And that is what I sticked with.
I made a temperature table to keep track of the temperatures by day. And to mark them when I had knitted them. Nothing fancy just the back of the color palette. But a perfect way of keeping track of where I am.
Cast on 100 stitches on 2 bended double pointed needles. Knit with needle no 3. This way the scarf will already get into ‘shape’. After a few rows you put up a mark between the first and last stitches with a different color yarn. Put a knot in this yarn.
- Knit 1 row Barneveld
- Knit 5 rows Wolvega
Start with January 1st = 2 rows of the chosen color + 1 row Wolvega. Knit all the days of the month. Knit 5 rows Wolvega. Repeat from (*).
After December 31st end with knitting 5 rows Wolvega, 1 row Barneveld, 5 rows Wolvega.
Take a deep breath … you did it. Well done!
(**) For closing your scarf you take the 3,5 mm crochet hook (make sure you hold your yarn under the hook). Take up 1 stitch of the back needle, 1 stitch of the front needle and crochet them together. Work towards the end of the stitches. Weave in the end.
You’re not done yet. Sorry. Remember the other end, the beginning of your scarf? It still has to be closed. So go back there and pick up 100 stitches. Divide the stitches over 2 needles. Knit 1 row. Close this end the same as the other side. See (**)
And now you ARE done.
- I started knitting every day. Then I took screenshots with my mobile phone and wrote them in the table. So I could knit when I felt like it.
- Weave in the ends every 2 weeks or at least every month. That way you do not have to weave in over 750 ends in December.
- I had to buy 3 additional colors because temperature went to +31, +32 and +33. I went with Kampen, Haarlem and Veendam.
- I did not use any temperatures below 0.
- My scarf is 4 meters long. I can put it 3 times around my neck in single scarf or 1 time in double scarf.
- I love my scarf.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask.