With 2020 behind us and my ends weaved in, I’m pleased to finally share the Bias Granny Temperature Blanket pattern!
2020 marks the second year that I’ve made a temperature blanket (my first being the Tunisian Crochet Temperature Blanket) and I love this tradition. Tracking the year’s weather in rows and squares is so calming and a great mindful project. Keep reading for details on exactly how I made my latest 2020 masterpiece!
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Get a worsted weight version of the Bias Granny Temperature Blanket PDF pattern from WeCrochet – CLICK HERE!
A temperature blanket is a crochet or knit afghan where a series of rows or squares correspond with the day’s temperature. This post is specific to my Bias Granny Temperature Blanket, but you can find general info about temperature blankets in these posts:
- Plan the Perfect Temperature Blanket
- Picking Temperature Blanket Colors + Yarn
- 15 Knit + Crochet Temperature Blanket Ideas
One of my favorite parts of making a temperature blanket is sharing progress photos on Instagram (you can follow me HERE). If you’re planning to make a temperature blanket this year, be sure to use #CrochetTempBlanket2021 so I can see yours too!
CHOOSING MY YARN + COLORS
I’d used WeCrochet Swish DK in my 2019 temperature blanket and absolutely loved it, so it was a no brainer to use that yarn again in 2020. Swish DK is 100% superwash merino, which makes it super soft and also machine washable. Swish DK comes in 48 beautiful shades, so you can make plenty of temperature blanket combinations with this one yarn line.
My 2019 temperature blanket was very bright with lots of pinks. For 2020, I wanted to take the opposite approach, going more woodsy and demure. Colors like Camel Heather and Moss give some weight to the palette, as do the jewel tones in Garnet Heather and Rainforest Heather. Some choose to place their colors in rainbow order for their color chart, but I went with random order.
Learn more about the Swish family of yarns on WeCrochet.com.
FULL YARN LIST
WeCrochet Swish DK, available HERE. Listed from top to bottom
- Marble Heather
- Garnet Heather
- Rainforest Heather
- Dove Heather
- Carnation (no longer available – recommended sub is Blossom Heather)
- Camel Heather (no longer available – recommended sub is Squirrel Heather)
TOOLS + SUPPLIES
I used a 5mm crochet hook to make my squares and a 6mm crochet hook to do the border. I kept my trusty BQueen Collection hooks with my Bias Granny Temperature Blanket all year long to make sure my gauge stayed consistent. (I also reached for my Furls hooks if my BQueens were elsewhere.)
I also kept a small pair of scissors and a tapestry needle in my project bag in addition to the hooks. I originally made a plan to weave in my ends each month, but that fell by the wayside. Instead, I picked a day when I had lots of ends to weave in, made some tea, and put on my favorite reality television. Watching The Circle (on Netflix) really makes 5 hours of weaving in ends go by quickly!
Once my blanket was complete, I needed to block it. Blocking helps relax the stitches into place and adds drape to the piece. Since I wasn’t blocking the squares individually, blocking at the end was crucial. For that, I used premium blocking boards, t-pins, and Knit Blockers.
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BIAS GRANNY TEMPERATURE BLANKET DETAILS
- WeCrochet Swish DK in 10 colors (reference Blanket Chart above) + White (MC)
- 5mm and 6mm crochet hooks
- Tapestry needle
48″ wide x 52″ long
Finished granny square = 3″ wide before blocking
This pattern uses standard abbreviations as provided by WeCrochet
NOTES + CONSTRUCTION
- Ch-3 counts as double crochet; ch-4 counts as double crochet + chain 1
- To identify the beginning of a month, work Round/Row 1 of the motif in White, complete the join, then fasten off. Work the remainder of the motif in the designated color.
BIAS GRANNY GRID
The Bias Granny Temperature Blanket is constructed on the bias using a grid system. January 1 begins in the bottom-left corner of the grid and you snake up the grid through December 27th, adding one square each day.
Round 1 of the border is completed in the MC, Round 2 in a temperature color for December 28th, and so on through Round 8, which represents December 31st. Below is a photo of my original grid. You can find a blank grid to fill in HERE.
JOIN AS YOU GO (JAYG)
Join as you go is a technique to connect motifs as you are working on them to prevent having to join them after they are all made. This simple adjustment ensures your motifs stay in the correct order and makes the entire project more manageable. You will need to substitute the ch-1 in Round/Row 3 of motifs for joining slip stitches to join additional motifs to the blanket. The JAYG method is used throughout the blanket – adjust the substitution of a joining slip stitch for a chain-1 space as necessary.
- Joining Slip Stitch (jss) – a slip stitch made in the chain-space of a completed motif to attach it to the working motif. This takes the place of the chain-1 on the working motif.
When joining triangles for January 1 and January 2, do the following:
Work the January 2 motif through Row 2. On Row 3, complete the instructions through placing 3 DC in the center ch-1 sp. Instead of following with a ch-1 and continuing the instructions, jss in the matching ch-1 sp on the January 1 triangle. Place 3 DC in the same space on the January 2 triangle, (jss in the next space on the January 1 triangle, 3 DC in the next space on the January 2 triangle) 2 times, jss in the final ch-sp of the January 1 triangle, DC in 3rd ch of Tch on the January 1 triangle.
New to the Join As You Go Technique? This video will help!
BIAS GRANNY TEMPERATURE BLANKET PATTERN
Row 1 (RS): With smaller hook, make magic ring, ch 4, 3 DC, ch 1, 3 DC, ch 1, DC, close ring, turn.
Row 2 (WS): Ch 4, 3 DC in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 DC, ch 1, 3 DC) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3 DC in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, DC in 3rd ch of Tch, turn.
Row 3: Ch 4, 3 DC in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3 DC in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 DC, ch 1, 3 DC) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 DC in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) 2 times, DC in 3rd ch of Tch. Fasten off.
Round 1 (RS): With smaller hook, make magic ring, ch 3, 2 DC, ch 1, (3 DC, ch 1) 3 times, close ring, sl st in top of starting ch-3.
Round 2: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 3, (2 DC, ch 1, 3 DC) in ch-1 sp, ch 1, [(3 DC, ch 1, 3 DC) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] 3 times, join with sl st in top of starting ch-3.
Round 3: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 3, (2 DC, ch 1, 3 DC) in ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3 DC in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, [(3 DC, ch 1, 3 DC) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3 DC in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] 3 times, join with sl st in top of starting ch-3. Fasten off.
Round 1: With larger hook and RS facing, join MC with sl st in jss at any corner, ch 1, SC in same sp, 2 SC in each DC and Tch at the end of rows across the edge, (SC, ch 3, SC) in jss at corner, continue placing 2 SC in end of rows across the edge. Repeat around to last corner, placing a SC in corner, ch 3, join with sl st in first SC of round. Drop color.
Round 2: With next color from temperature gauge, join with sl st in ch-3 sp to right of final st, ch 1, SC in same sp, *(ch 1, sk next st, SC in next st) to next ch-3 sp, ch 1**, (SC, ch 3, SC) in ch-3 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, SC in ch-3 sp, ch 3, join with sl st to first SC of round. Fasten off.
Round 3: Pick up MC in ch-3 sp to right of final st, ch 1, SC in same sp, *(ch 1, SC in next ch-1 sp) to next ch-3 sp, ch 1**, (SC, ch 3, SC) in ch-3 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, SC in ch-3 sp, ch 3, join with sl st to first SC of round. Drop color.
Round 4: With next color from temperature gauge, join with sl st in ch-3 sp to right of final st, ch 1, SC in same sp, *(ch 1, SC in next ch-1 sp) to next ch-3 sp, ch 1**, (SC, ch 3, SC) in ch-3 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, SC in ch-3 sp, ch 3, join with sl st to first SC of round. Drop color.
Round 5: Rep Round 3 with MC.
Round 6: Rep Round 4 with next color from the temperature gauge.
Round 7: Rep Round 3 with MC. Fasten off when complete.
Round 8: Rep Round 4 with next color from the temperature gauge. Fasten off when complete.
Weave in all ends. Steam block lightly to finished measurements.
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Thanks for joining me to make the Bias Granny Temperature Blanket! Be sure to share your progress using the hashtag #CrochetTempBlanket2021 so we can all see it. Happy crocheting!