Happy 2020 everyone! It’s January and you know what that means…temperature projects! I love temperature projects and I know many of you do too! If you’re not familiar with the concept, a temperature project is where you create an addition to a year long project you’re making based on your local temperature outside…fun! It goes on for a year and at the end of the year, you’ll have an interesting representation of the temperatures for an entire year!
Queue up on Ravelry!
In the past we’ve made a temperature shawl (two years ago) and motif blanket (last year), this year we’re making a scarf! However, you can easily convert it into a blanket too if you like…there are no special stitch counts, so it is very, very flexible! If you are interested in doing this be sure to scroll down for more info.
For our scarf we’ll be doing a small daily row of super simple half double crochet stitches…very easy and will make a gorgeous, colorful scarf to wear!
Here’s a brief summary of how we’re going to do it in 2020:
- We’re going to create a beautiful, colorful striped scarf.
- We will do one row per day, I’ll be using the average daily temperature for mine. If you preer, you can do the daily high or low.
- Even if you get a few weeks behind, you can easily catch up, as each row is very fast to complete. (Use the historical weather tool link HERE).
- I will provide seasonal updates on the progress of the project throughout the year on my monthly YouTube updates and social media.
- Important to note: my chart is in degrees Fahrenheit. However, you can adjust yours to Celsius if you prefer.
- I did a wide range of temperatures because it gets very cold and very hot where I live. Please adjust accordingly to your area of the world, if you live in a warmer region, your chart will have different ranges for example.
- Please feel free to change up the colors as you see fit! In past CALs, I have seen a palette of neons, pastels, muted tones, heathers, and lots more from our community! So much fun!
I have a few tools to help you keep everything straight and totally organized as you go. One thing I really dislike doing is having to count rows over and over again, so hopefully the chart and calendar will help you, we’ll talk more baout those in just a bit.
Here’s what you’ll need to make the scarf:
- Red Heart Super Saver (or similar weight yarn) in grenadine, perfect pink, bright yellow, pumpkin, spring green, delft blue, turqua, lavender, orchid, and amethyst) This yarn has no dye lots, so great if you need to pick another skein of one of the colors later in the year…you don’t need all of the yarn now!
- 5.0 mm “H” crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Ruler of Tape Measure
- Swatch Chart–I typed mine up and printed it, punched holes next to each color, then added a bit of the corresponding yarn…easy peasy! See swatch chart below (want to make one too? Check out my video for the tutorial!)
Let’s talk about the temperature scale next, I created this little chart with just a little chart I printed out and bits of yarn…as you can see below, I will be using a similar rainbow-y palette as last year, with just a few color changes.
To get your average daily temperature, check out your local weather forecast or an app. If you need past temperatures, you can easily look them up , by clicking HERE.
Another tool I am using to keep organized is a calendar, you can customize and print one for yourself for free HERE. Or, at this time of year many local business are giving them away for free. Check out your local salon or auto shop…those are the two places where I see them the most! Whatever type of calendar you choose, I find this SO helpful for recording daily temperatures and jotting in the corresponding color needed too. I jot in the number/color name, then when I add it to my scarf, I highlight the square to let me know it’s done. Using your color chart and calendar is so super helpful to keep everything straight…especially when you start getting a ton of rows on your scarf…no need to count and recount!
This year I wanted to switch things up a little and go for a simple stripy scarf, here’s how you make it (also check out the full video tutorial too!)
2020 Fiber Flux Temperature CAL Scarf:
Ch 30 (note: there is no special stitch count, so you can make any number of chains you want, wider for a shawl or much wider for a blanket too!)
Row 1: hdc in the third ch from the hook. Work a hdc in each ch across.
Row 2: ch 2 and turn. Work a hdc in the first st and in each st across.
Repeat row 2 for each day of the year, using the average daily temperature to guide the color selection.
Update! Mid year temperature progress, as of the end of July 2020:
*Want to make a blanket instead? Check out the chart below for some common blanket sizes. Just make the starting chain about the same size as the width, and work the rows until height is achieved
Also we have two special communities for our CAL makers! Each has a welcome area/thread, so please hop on and introduce yourself. You can get info, ask questions, help each other, see what everyone is doing, and show off your work too!
Also, don’t forget to use the hashtag, #fiberfluxcal to share your work on social media!
© Jennifer Dickerson 2020