So almost everyone in the crochet world has heard of a temperature blanket and if you haven’t it’s where you crochet a row or 2 on a blanket with a different color corresponding to what temperature it is outside. I simply don’t have the patience for such a long project!
Their is now something else that you can crochet for the same affect that takes way less time and materials …. A Temperature Bracelet!
We follow a new set of rules instead of using yarn for displaying how hot or cold it was for a day we shall use beads.
Things you will need
Fine wire (tarnish resistant) – 18/20 gauge wire and 28 gauge wire of the same color! 18/20 gauge wire is used at the end to give its shape and keep it around your wrist.
Crochet hook – I used a 3/2. 10 mm hook.
Beads – 365 seed beads (different colors for different temperatures)
Scissors – to cut the wire of course (it’s very fine so normal scissors will work).
That is what you need however you do need to do some research before you start crocheting!
note – you will need to pick a year in the past since you have to put all the beads on the wire before you start crocheting it!
- beads that correspond to a temperature: A- (>30 – 40), B- (41-50), C (51-60), D(61-70), E(71-80), F(81-90), G (>90)
- A= white, B= light pink C=pink D=light red E= dark red F= purple G= black
Above is a example if you have less of a temp scale you can cut them in half for color.
Pick special beads for important days (ie I used orange for birthdays and a leaf for a life achievement date)
- The temperature of the dates of the year you want to make.
I averaged each temp week out so that each row would have the same color.
This is my example for 2017 feel free to use it, each week is an average of the 7 days of that week. It doesn’t matter what day of the week it is.
note – it is for Maryland so your weather will probably be different!
Now you have found your temperatures and you have corresponded your beads its time for placement.
To make this a little easier I wrote out each month and put the beads in rows for the weeks of that month, I wasn’t being exact with the start and end of the month.
The only days that you need to be exact on the placement is special occasion days (ie birthday, life achievement, etc)
Now starting from the end of Dec going backwards put on all of the beads you have on the wire. So December should go on first and January should go on last.
This bracelet with just the beads is around 9 inches, but you want at least a 2 inch overlay between the top and bottom of the bracelet when it is on your wrist this is so that it will stay on. If you have a larger wrist then do a equal amount of rows on each side of the beaded part of the bracelet so that you will have 2 inches of overlay.
So if you have a 8 inch wrist the crochet approx 6 rows with no beads before and after the beaded section.
The longer it is the more secure it will be! so even if you have extra room increasing it by more will only make it more secure when you wear it.
Step 1 worked in the round ~ continuously
chain 2, then SC 2 twice in the first chain. (3)
2 SC in next st, 3 SC in next st, 2 SC in next stitch. (7)
If you need to increase the size do your extra rows here.
for each SC after this you are going to add a bead until you run out of beads (52 rounds)
How to SC in the round with a bead ~ push 1 bead towards your crochet hook and do a SC like normal.
If you added rows at the start then add the exact same number here
When you have finished your rows decrease by 3 then by 3 again.
Now you have a nice long tubular structure with beads but how does it stay on your wrist?
Take your 18/20 gauge wire and cut it so it is about 1 inches longer then your bracelet. Put it through the middle of your bracelet there should be a lot of room for this to fit it is very hollow.
Twist and end around (Circle ring pliers make this very easy if you don’t have any bend it around the smallest crochet hook you own.) Wrap you begging tail around the space you made so it is secure. Once it is secure push it back into your bracelet and readjust the top so that it can’t poke through again.
Now do the same thing to the other side of the wire, you want this one to be slightly below where your bracelet ends so that the wire wont poke out. and twist your end tail around it. Push the top of the wire into the bracelet and move around the crochet area so that it can’t poke out.
Now Twist the bracelet into the shape of a bracelet that overlaps (go tighter because it will loosen when you put it on), then readjust when you wear it.
Congratulations you made a temperature bracelet! I would love to see your bracelets that you made on Facebook or Instagram!
If you have any questions please ask below and I will gladly answer them.