Sunday, January 06, 2013

Temperature Scarf - Simplified

Im gonna be trying a simple yet kinda neato scarf. It's based around the temperatures each day we get. Here's the chart I'm going to be working with.

You knit 2 rows for each day for each temperature. Thankfully cause the year just started I can catch up

If anyone wants to join me on this knit along if they have the yarn, the temps at noon are as follows for Toronto (all in celcius):

Jan 1: -5
Jan 2: -3
Jan 3: -2
Jan 4: 0
Jan 5: 2
Jan 6: 2

I realize that there could be a larger scale of colors based on other temperature scarves, but I'm basing this scale off of what I already have in my stash.  

The original pattern I am basing this off of can be found on ravelry....just follow this link.

Also, for something a little different, you can also base your scarf off of how cloudy or not cloudy the sky is.  Its called a Sky scarf. You can also follow the link to ravelry .....follow this link for the sky scarf.

I will post pictures once I get more length on my temperature scarf as it goes along.  

The modifications I made on this are listed below:

-US10 needles (6 mm)
-Various colors based on the chart in the photos for this project in similar weight yarns
-40 stitch cast on

I just used garter stitch for simplicity for the pattern. You can use other stitches if you like.

You can also use a smaller guage or smaller needles or yarn if you like. You don’t have to stick to the size of needles or the amount of stitches I recommended on this pattern. If you use a smaller set of needles, you may want to add more stitches to the width.

I simplified the temperature range for those that want to try this , but don’t want to spend a small fortune on all the colors for every 5 degrees temperature change. I recommended large balls of color for large chunks of temperatures where its in the same 10 degree range.

There is no set yardage for this pattern because it all depends on the weather.

Temperatures listed are in Celsius. For those in the USA, you might want to use a temperature conversion table to help you figure out what color to use.

To figure out what the temperatures in your area are, most local weather reporting stations (national weather services, Environment Canada, etc), will keep track and post records of the temperatures at the weather stations closest to you across the country. I took my temperatures at Pearson Airport at Noon for simplicity. Using the local weather service websites will help you find temperatures if you miss a day or two but want to go back and find the temperatures for your scarf.

The website I use for my temperature listings through Environment Canada is
The color chart for the temperatures can be found in the photos for this pattern.

The minimum I would recommend for this pattern is 2 rows per day (so your color change is on the same side of the scarf), for 6 months. If you want to shorten the time, add more rows per day . I recommend if you are going to add more rows and do the scarf in about a month, do your rows by a factor of 2 to keep it simple, ie 6 or 8 rows per day. You will end up with a very vibrant and very long scarf if you go for the full year.

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