This new concept temperature blanket celebrates your pregnancy days with the new light of your life.
Your belly is huge, you waddle like a duck, but your arms are empty and you’re sweltering in the heat.
Or it’s freezing outside, but you have to get groceries or take your
toddler to the clinic, but you don’t have a coat that will fasten over your
swelling midsection. So you throw a blanket around you hoping you don’t freeze.
Commemorate those days you weathered for your child when he
was just an image on an ultrasound but you couldn’t kiss her sweet face!
Since I crocheted a pregnancy blanket for my new granddaughter Belle (here's the Phases of the Moon), I wanted to also make a blanket to honor the months my grandson was in utero. He’s almost 4 years old now.
To be honest, temperature blankets haven’t been my preferred style. Maybe it’s because they aren’t consistent in the color changes. BUT, I used white throughout as a cohesive element, and I quite like it!
The blanket is nine squares, one for each month. The spike stitches in white remind me of the heartbeat of the treasure within.
Basically, you’re four steps away from a temperature blanket
that celebrates the actual first nine months of your baby’s life.
I've divided this into 2 pages because it was so long. Steps 1 and 2, the planning and squares are on this page and steps 3 and 4, the joining and the border are here.
To begin a pregnancy blanket, it is necessary to calculate the conception date. You can figure that out in one of these ways:
1. Use the estimated due date from the doctor. Then count back 40 weeks on the calendar.
2. If you know the first date of the last menses before pregnancy, then add two weeks for an estimated conception date. Then count the weeks to the delivery date.
With the help of the historical weather page of wunderground.com, I found the high temperatures for every day my daughter-in-law was pregnant with RJ.
Then I made a chart with each max degrees for the whole pregnancy. You can see that I marked it up a lot!
After raiding my stash of yarn, I chose a color to represent each set of ten temperatures. Since the high and low temperatures only occurred a few times, I could use colors that I only had a little of. You make that judgment call. But you’ll need 4 skeins of white. I used the 6 oz. Caron Simply Soft yarns mostly. Some are mystery acrylics from deep in the stash cupboard.
Here’s a simple pattern for the Temperature Blanket
Chain 65 (Or whatever you choose to get the size you want)
Row 1: white sc across, turn
Row 2: Ch1, conception day temperature color - sc across, turn
Row 3: Ch1, next color in your plan – sc across, turn
Row 4: Ch1, sc spike stitches down into previous white row, turn
Rows 5, 6: Color rows
Row 7: White spike stitch row
Continue following your color chart: 2 rows color, 1 row white spike stitch, etc. until you have 48 total rows in the square.
Finish the square
Sc all around each square with white so that the edges lie flat. I put one sc in each row along the sides, but it was too much and made the join too wavy. So I skipped some stitches in the course of each side to make about 40 stitches per side. (Use your judgment for your own blanket. I frogged a couple times here and there to make it right.)