My 2013 temperature scarf pattern

Apparently, Honey Nutbrown‘s whole temperature scarf concept has really taken off.  Even Bernat, one of the larger North American yarn companies, has jumped on board with a year long KAL/CAL.

Temperature Scarf, free (conceptual) crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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I’ve gotten quite a few questions about the stitch pattern I’m using for my crochet version, so I thought I’d share it.  I wanted the number of stitches (38) to match my age this year, so I combined elements of two different stitch patterns I liked in Margaret Hubert‘s The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet.

Crochet Temperature Scarf

A recipe pattern by Underground Crafter

(conceived by Honey Nutbrown as a knitting project here)

02-easy 50

US terms 504-medium 50

First, choose a group of yarns and assign a set of temperature values to each yarn.  This will vary based on how many yarns you want to use as well as how dramatic annual temperature highs and lows are in your area.  Here’s my chart as an example.

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The yarns I’m using, arranged in temperature order, from top left to right and bottom left to right.

Use the same yarn for the foundation chain and Row 1.  For the rest of the project, change colors at the end of every row (or as often as dictated by the change in temperatures) by pulling the new color through the last slip stitch.  (Tip: Don’t fasten off at the end of the row until you know the next day’s temperature.  You may end up using the same yarn again, and you’ll have fewer ends to weave in!)

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • blo – back loop only
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)

Pattern Instructions

  • Ch 39.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk first ch, sl st in ea of next 2 chs, *ch 2, sk 2 chs, sc in ea of next 2 chs; rep from * across to last 4 sts, ch 2, sk 2 chs, sl st in ea of last 2 chs. (38 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sl st in blo of ea of first 2 sts, *sc in ea of next 2 skipped chs from foundation ch, ch 2, sk 2 sts; rep from * across to last 4 sts, sc in ea of next 2 skipped chs from foundation ch, sl st in blo of ea of last 2 sts.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sl st in blo of ea of first 2 sts, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in ea of next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows below; repeat from * across to last 4 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, sl st in blo of ea of last 2 sts.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sl st in blo of ea of first 2 sts, *sc in ea of next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows below, ch 2, sk 2 sts; rep from * across to last 4 sts, sc in ea of next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows below, sl st in blo of ea of last 2 sts.
  • Rep Rows 3 & 4.

I also changed the stitch length for each season.  Since I live in New York and we start the year in the winter, I used the single crochet to represent the short length of the day.  The length of the stitches will increase as the hours of darkness in the day decreases.

Temperature Scarf, free (conceptual) crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Spring and Fall hdc stitch pattern variation

  • Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in ea of first 2 sts, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, hdc in ea of next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows below; rep from * across to last 4 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in ea of last 2 sts.
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 1, sc in ea of first 2 sts, *hdc in ea of next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows below, ch 2, sk 2 sts; rep from * across to last 4 sts, hdc in ea of next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows below, sc in ea of last 2 sts.
  • Repeat Rows 5 & 6.

Temperature Scarf, free (conceptual) crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Summer dc stitch pattern variation:

  • Row 7: Turn, ch 2 (counts as hdc), sk first st, hdc in 2nd st, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in ea of next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows below; rep from * across to last 4 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, hdc in ea of last 2 sts.
  • Row 8: Turn, ch 2 (counts as hdc), sk first st, hdc in 2nd st, *dc in ea of next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows below, ch 2, sk 2 sts; rep from * across to last 4 sts, dc in ea of next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows below, hdc in ea of last 2 sts.
  • Repeat Rows 7 & 8.

If you’re working on a temperature scarf, too, I’m looking forward to seeing how all of our projects turn out next year! (Update: You can find my lessons learned, after the scarf was finished, in this post.) If you like this pattern, show it some love on Ravelry.

© 2013, 2014 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use it to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2013/01/23/my-2013-temperature-scarf-pattern/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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16 thoughts on “My 2013 temperature scarf pattern

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    1. Underground Crafter Post author

      Thanks for stopping by, Carla. Some people who make temperature scarves only crochet one row a day. What I did was crochet a few months at a time. So I would collect the temperatures and then sit down and crochet a bunch of rows at once. You can do whichever works best for you!

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  2. Alexis

    I’m confused…how do you change the color on your scarf? Or I should say how do you know when to change it? Are you going by hours in the day and monitoring the temp? Or is it by row? I just don’t see how you are getting different colors in the row. Please explain.. Thanks, the scarf looks nice! ;)

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    1. Underground Crafter Post author

      Thanks for your kind words, Alexis. I’m using variegated (multicolor) yarns, and the stitch pattern makes you “dip” down one row, so that is how I’m getting different colors within a row. I change colors each row based on the temperature for that particular day, but I don’t change colors within one row. Hopefully, this helps!

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  3. Elida

    Sorry about my english it’s so poor, I only speak spanish, could you translate this instructions, please? because I don’t understnd very well. kisses from Buenos Aires,
    Elida

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  4. Julie

    I love this idea, but I live in San Diego and I’m afraid my temperature’s don’t change enough for the scarf to vary much. I think I will have to monitor relative’s weather in Texas and Maryland and make one for each of them instead.

    Elida, if you just type in the google search bar… English to Spanish Translation… a translator will come right up on the page. Just copy and paste the English into the first box and it will automatically translate for you. I tried it and it works but there it too much text to do it all at once. You’ll have to do it in sections.

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  6. Kimberly

    Hi. I love the scarf. I’m mother really sure what a temperature scarf is. Would you mind explaining the concept please?

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      1. Underground Crafter Post author

        Thanks for writing, Kimberly. The concept of the temperature scarf is that you crochet or knit a row for each day. You also assign different yarns to certain temperature ranges. Based on the day’s temperature, you choose the corresponding color for that day’s row. Hope this helps!

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