I decided to make a temperature blanket in Wacky Weave, for my super king size bed. There is no other way that I will ever crochet a blanket big enough for that bed, if I don’t do it one row a day. Every time I start a new CAL, I tell myself that I will just make the blanket bigger for myself afterwards, and it never happens. So a temperature blanket is the way forward.
So let’s do this! I will ask you some questions to get you thinking, and then I will tell you what I am doing just in case my decision helps yours.
- What yarn are you going to use?
- Have you worked with it before?
- Do you know how it will behave afterwards with this technique?
- What is your budget for this project? (Luckily we can spread the costs out over an entire year!)
- Is the yarn wash-friendly? (You don’t want to hand-wash a super king size blanket. (Just trust me on this okay?)
I am going to use Moya Cotton in colour Jet, as my main colour. The contrast will be variegated yarns from the MoYa Shimmer range. I have done so many projects with Moya. It remains my favourite in the entire world. And…. here is the best part….. with MoYa, you can throw that blanket in the washing machine and in the tumble drier. It will come out as fat and fluffy as if it is brand new. Moya is affordable too. With the size of my blanket, that is a very important point.
Keep the following points in mind before you decide on a yarn:
- The yarn must be SMOOTH; textured yarn is not suitable for interlocking.
- The colours must be in stark contrast, otherwise the patterns disappear.
- If you are going to use a variegated yarn, make sure the colour of the partner yarn doesn’t feature anywhere in the variegated yarn. If it does, the stitch pattern will be lost.
- How many colours are you going to use?
- How are you going to allocate colours to your temperatures?
- Are you going to use minimum or maximum temperatures?
- How big is your blanket going to be?
- Have you made a swatch with the yarn you want to use, using an interlocking pattern stitch?
- Do you know how many windows you will need to get the correct width and length?
I have been interlocking with MoYa for a couple of years now. I know that an interlocking window is exactly 1cm with a 3.5mm hook. I want to make a blanket of at least 2.5m x 2.5m. (Yes I know I am nuts. You are not telling me anything new).
That means I want about 250 windows in the width. If I want a square blanket, I need the same number of windows in the length. 250. But a year has 365 days. Now what? Well, a year has 52 weeks. That means 52 weekends. 104 days. I am excluding weekends. That leaves me with 261 days. But 261 is a difficult number to do patterns with. So I am going to make my afghan with 260 windows in the width and in the length (starting chain 524 – holy moly).
My first instinct is to allocate different stitch patterns for each month. I always tell myself I cannot use the same stitch pattern for an entire year. It will drive me insane with boredom. But…… there are colour changes already. If you are going to use a variegated yarn like me, it would be wise to stick to just one stitch pattern for the entire year.
Starting Method and Border Considerations
If you want a completely reversible blanket, you have to weave like we did in Wacky Weave Squares. But….. you have to think of the border before you do that. How do you want to do your border? I am going to make it easier, and tell you what I am doing. I don’t want to have the contrast frame we did with Babette, I want a reversible blanket. So I am weaving (260 windows). But….. the weave must fit the stitch pattern, otherwise it will look very bad! I am not going to the border as with Squares (trust me on this one…. the border we are going to do with Log Cabin is gorgeous!)
So this is what I want you to do:
- Choose a stitch pattern from Squares, Babette or Place Mats (just in case, make sure you can stomach that pattern for an entire year).
- Comment on Facebook with the one you have chosen so that I can help you to determine your starting chain (windows in multiples of …..)
- Your weave represents row 1A. You have to weave the B-chain through the A-Trellis, to make it look as if you have crocheted row 1A.
- Row 1B is your row for the 1st of January.
- Trust me on the border.
As already stated, I am using Moya Cotton with 5 contract colours in Shimmer.
I did a weave, one window up, one window down – a simple weave as we did with the tutorial block. There is video on the tutorial page that you can follow.
I started with the simple zig-zag pattern of the tutorial block. It is mindless. For me I think this blanket project must be my therapeutic crochet each day. So I am looking for a pattern that is simple and easy to memorise. I don’t want to sit with intricate stitch patterns. I just want to get into the rhythm. At this point in time, I am very tempted to use the simple zig-zag pattern for the entire year. The reason is not only my own comfort while crochething. This project will be busy – Wacky Weave with 5 different contract colours. I am scared that different stitch patterns will be too much. I will however take a final decision on this after the month of January. I first want to see what it looks like after a month.