Temperature Scarf

One of the big knitting trends so far this year is to knit a scarf that shows the temperature of your home everyday.

Temperature Scarf

Temperature Scarf

Here’s my start so far. The few rows of green are the days when it was very warm, and the few rows of light purple were the days about a week and a half later where it was very, very cold. The scarf is 40 stitches wide, and it knit in linen stitch. Each day is two rows. The temperature information is based on the mean temperature for Toronto as reported by The Weather Underground at the weather station at Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

It is going along well, except for one problem… I’m not supposed to be knitting until the end of the month. It seems I have developed epicondylitis in my left elbow, and I need to rest my arm. (I’ve mentioned resting my arm a few times, and this is the reason why. Thankfully, I’ve discovered that stitching doesn’t really hurt. Knitting does.) Thank goodness for The Weather Underground’s historical data section. I will have no problem getting caught up once I’ve been given the okay to start knitting again.

Yarns for temperature scarf

Yarns for temperature scarf

For the scarf I’m working from stashed yarn. (Yay!) Most of the yarn is Bernat Satin; I will probably switch that red to Bernat Satin too. The grey is for the borders, and it is Mary Maxim Starlette. It is a little thicker than the Satin, which I think I like.

Colour Temp. Range
Red 32°C and above
Sunset (orange) 26°C – 31°C
Fern (dk. green) 20°C – 25°C
Soft Fern 13°C – 19°C
Spring (pale green) 7°C – 12°C
Lapis (pale blue) 1°C – 6°C
Teal -5°C – 0°C
Lavender (dk. purple) -12°C – -6°C
Star Dust (lt. purple) -13°C and below
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8 Responses to Temperature Scarf

  1. Lisa Bergin says:

    What a cute idea for a scarf. I think if I did one here in the UK it would be pretty much one colour. Not much variation at the moment 🙂

  2. Annie says:

    That’s such an interesting idea. The story of your climate through color!

    Sorry about the tennis elbow. And I bet you don’t even play tennis! Hopefully, a rest period will help.

  3. Cool idea. Here is a link to Environment Canada’s historical weather data for Pearson. This link is for Feb 2013, but you can change the date and year to what you need.

  4. Anny P says:

    It would be a very long purple (lavender) scarf if I was knitting it!

  5. Sara says:

    Some ladies in my knitting group are doing this but they are looking at the sky and knitting what they see, like clear, cloudy, etc. It is a cool idea.

  6. SoCal Debbie says:

    What a wonderful idea for a scarf to show the weather! If each day is two rows, will the whole scarf be 730 rows for the entire year?

    I’d love to do this in cross stitch (since I don’t know how to knit). Mine would be green, orange, and red!

  7. Susan says:

    I heard about these scarves the other day and am thinking of doing one for my sister and niece (with my limited knitting skills I think I could actually do this and end up with a nice gift). Yours is coming along nicely. Take care of your elbow.