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Has Anybody Done a Temperature Scarf or Blanket?


I am thinking about doing a temperature scarf for my son. I did a sky scarf for his sister as her graduation present, and want to do something the same but different for him.

My question is, how many different yarn colors did you use? It seems daunting. I think I used 5 for the sky scarf but that doesn’t seem like enough for this project. helpful hints and advice are greatly appreciated.


In the early days of sky scarf-ing I wanted to make one but I’m not a big fan of the color blue so I decided to make a Maple Tree Scarf starting New Year’s Day. I knitted a daily “diary” of the state of the tree I see out my windows–brown, black and white for Winter and snowy days, some beads for a foggy day when droplets hung from every branch and twig, various shades of green from Spring through Summer, then the glorious colors of Autumn leaves, back to black, brown and white. Unfortunately I used worsted and fingering yarns held together so I’ve got a very long, very thick scarf that’s basically unwearable–but pretty. One of our knitting guild members made her daughter a temperature afghan starting on her birthday, making it in four panels bordered and edged by ecru. I used many colors for my tree scarf but I think she used the USA Today temperature chart for her colors. I guess it depends on the temperature range where you live how many colors you’ll need. Sorry to be so long winded. (Picture taken Week #26, halfway; the red is when I saw the first robin in the tree)


P.S. I plan to copy my fellow knitter’s lead and divide my long scarf into quarters, edge them, and join them in a afghan so I can use the darned thing. It’s too much yarn and effort to let it marinate in a bag for the rest of my days.


beautiful.Great idea to do a blanket!


I made a weather scarf of the high temperatures for 2015. I used 9 colors, and could have used more – but it depends on the temperature range where you live. I knit one row every day, coded to the high temperature. My scarf is here

I loved this project - it was geeky but still turned out to be a wearable piece. My friend who is a climate scientist hints for one for himself - I’d use a different palette for that :wink:


So pretty! I love the colors you chose.


I am crocheting a temperature blanket this year. I am doing one row of single crochet each day. I have chosen 9 colors, ranging from gray heather -blues-blue/greens-greens-yellow-orangey-red. My temperatures here in the southeast rarely get below 30 so I have made my color chart 0-30, 31-40, 41-50, so on till 91-100, then 100+. I have used the high temp for the day, but you can do whatever you want. If you travel a lot, you could do the temp for each day wherever you happen to be that day. I am excited that at the end of the year, I will have a nice large afghan for myself! If you are reading this, dear daughter, that means that you. cannot. have. it. :slight_smile:


I am super nerdy, so I knit a solar wind scarf using seven different colors, all very sunny with the exception of the black lines marking changes in months.


This is so cool! The color shifts are really lovely. And the robin! Love it!


Oh, very cool! I love nerdy takes on things. Gorgeous colors.


I think these are so nifty, but I live in Southern California, and we’ve had this drought of historical proportions for the last few years. I do own a couple of winter coats (one parka, one wool), and it occurred to me last winter that unless we go visit my sister in Oregon, I just haven’t used them in years. Throwing on a sweater is all you need when it’s this temperate all the time. Winter 2015-16 was supposed to be the big El Niño with all the rainfall, so I was pretty excited, and then it didn’t happen. (There’s a meme about the top 5 things people in SoCal get excited about: one is avocados, another is In ‘n’ Out Burger, and then the other three are rain. And it’s true.).

Anyway, I gave up on the idea of doing a temperature scarf if even El Niño couldn’t give us some real weather. And then winter 2016-17 hit, and we’ve actually had lots of colder days and plenty of rain. It’s been lovely-- the hills are green again for the first time in years, and there’s snow on the mountains-- but I wasn’t expecting it, so the temperature scarf thing didn’t occur to me. I’m feeling like an idiot for missing the opportunity. Gah. :slight_smile: Well, I have four kids and a husband who are as nerdy as I am and who all want stuff like Harry Potter Weasley sweaters, so I have plenty to keep me busy. :smile:


Although it wouldn’t be knit in real time, it could be a historical temp scarf. Or does that take all the fun out of it? To make it more interesting you could do a climate change scarf with histical data - half from one timeframe a few decades ago and half now?

I’d never heard if these before, so I’m very into any version! I have however heard of the football scarf, but don’t know enough about either game (the tackling one or the knitting one) to explain it. KnitPurlHunter does them as KALs.


I used data for the first part of my scarf (I started it in April, doing the calendar year, but really, you can do what you want. Anyway, you can download the data you want very easily. If you still want t o commemorate 2016/17.


I’m using 9 colors for my crocheted temperature scarf. I live in Chicago, so I need a wide temperature range (all numbers are degrees Fahrenheit)
Below 0 = light blue
1-21 = medium blue
22-32 = navy blue
33-43 = purple
44-53 = dark green
54-66 = light green
67-77 = yellow
78-88 = orange
89 and above = red


I will probably go with a similar number of colors. We are in central Iowa so we have a wide range of temperatures too. I like your list since it doesn’t have any pink. I don’t think my son would want pink in his scarf.