Here comes the first status report about crochet a weather blanket. If you have not really started, that’s no problem, because this is just the planning of the project and your first steps! If you have no idea what this is about, you can read it in the Pattern to Crochet a Weather Blanket.
I was quite haphazard on the first day of the new year, as some of you. The Christmas stress had definitely gone on New Year’s Eve. Suddenly there was such a void waiting to be filled with a new project. But that it will be such a major project, I had no idea.
When I was sending the New Year greetings, I found the temperature blankets once again going around in the social networks. Now I’m a bit bored with temperature blankets, because the same pattern is really worked row by row. So I came up with the idea to make the boring temperature blanket an exciting weather blanket. By the way, as usual, that was late in the evening, so I wrote the instructions for you in the night. So much about the good intention of getting up earlier. What should one do if the ideas always arrive in the dark. Nobody will make night owls early birds! 😉
At this point I would like to thank you very much for your great interest in the project Crochet a Weather Blanket. I would never have expected such an onslaught and I am glad about each of you who does his own or just watches curiously. This project is completely new territory for me and I am really looking forward to watching the different progress! For this purpose, I will periodically publish status reports, such as this one. Of course you always have the opportunity to participate and to show your results! More about participation you will find at the very end!
For my blanket, I deliberately chose cotton yarn the strength of school thread or pot holder yarn. Such yarn is 100% or more than 90% cotton and comes with all the good qualities. Cotton is very sturdy and does not pill so quickly, but it empties faster, but this can be prevented by a small proportion of synthetic fibres. In addition, later you can wash the blanket hot, which of course is super hygienic, especially for bedding. It may be a bit heavier, but I love this great climate of cotton. At the beginning pleasantly cool and smooth, but then quickly warm and soft. Besides, you do not sweat that way. I am looking forward to crochet under the blanket while sitting at the camp fire in the summer. 😉 But it will take a while until then. How I like the winter …, um … I do not like it.
Many also prefer acrylic yarn for crocheting blankets because it’s so light. I have no experience with it, because poly-animals are not among my favourites. I find it quite bad to even touch some poly yarn sometimes and could not crochet with it, even not in my dreams. An alternative would also be animal wool, but here I would be afraid not to be able to wash it hot or that it will get accidental felted. You are welcome to tell your own choice in the hands-on-task and give more information.
With the needle size you can once again influence how fluffy your blanket will end up and how well it falls. On the yarn label usually a range is specified. My yarn would be crocheted with a needle thickness of 3.0 to 4.0 mm. I use the average needle size, as I do not like big gaps and cotton loosens a bit after the first wash. You can tailor this to your needs and do a tension sample and wash it if you are not sure.
Again and again it was asked how much yarn was needed for such a weather blanket. Well, I have no idea, because that’s new territory for me as well as for you! At moment I have 4 x 50g in each colour, but I am sure that will not be enough. How much yarn you use depends of course on the size of your blanket and on the weather as well! 😉 We will start a first projection after the first week and estimate how much yarn is needed for the whole blanket. Then you can convert it to your own blanket and buy more yarn if necessary.
Just as exciting is the question of the size of the blanket, because you can tailor it to your needs. I’ve planned a king size bedspread that covers the covered bed on the sides as well. With needle size 3.5 mm, you should end up at a length of about 2m. It is therefore possible to cover all blanket sizes with this length. If you want to crochet a shorter blanket, you can also switch to thinner yarn and a smaller needle size. The width of the ceiling can be freely adjusted as already described. I’ve also prepared a size chart for blankets, that you can use for your consideration.
Here comes the next hands-on-task! Write a comment describing your project start and attach a photo of your yarn pile! If you are not ready yet, you can do that anytime! The following questions could help you: Which yarn do you use? What material is your yarn? Why did you choose this yarn? How much yarn do you have? Which needle size do you use? How big should your weather blanket be? What questions or problems do you have?
Attention! Please use the comment function for your report, so that the project remains for posterity. In social networks, things are disappearing so fast! Of course you are allowed to add your stuff there as well. We are publishing new posts on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. For urgent questions and personal exchange you can also find the Ribbelmonster group on Facebook!