Temperature Scarf CAL and KAL!

Introducing the Bernat 2013 Temperature Scarf Crochet-Along (CAL) and Knit-Along (KAL)! Inspired by a concept posted by Kristen Cooper (aka Honey Nutbrown), the Temperature Scarf is a conceptual pattern that reflects the weather in a single location every day of the year.

Starting February 1st, knit or crochet along with us on the Bernat Forums as we make the Temperature Scarf, day-by-day throughout 2013!

Getting Started

  • First, determine what location your scarf will depict. You can use your hometown, or anywhere else you wish you were! Different locations have different temperature ranges, so this will help you break down your personalized temperature range.
  • Look up the average temperature range for your location year-round. Google and Wikipedia are good resources for this. For example, after looking up “Toronto climate” (the Design Studio's location), I can see that the weather usually varies from -10C (14F) to 35C (95F). Wind chill and humidity play a large part in determining how it feels in Toronto, so some of us will be using the “feels like” temperature.

  • Divide the temperature range into smaller sections. Each smaller temperature range will be equivalent to a different coordinating shade of yarn. You may find it necessary to split the temperature by degrees of 10, 5, or even 2. *This step is important if you’re in a temperate climate where the weather doesn’t change very much. If your area is similar to Toronto, feel free to use the breakdown provided here!
  • Select a yarn and assign a color to each temperature range. As you select colors, keep in mind that depending on your region and its climate you may have long streaks of a single color. You can select colors based on the rainbow, weather maps, or just pick whatever you think would look good!
    Here’s a possible color breakdown on the left in Bernat Satin.
  • Sit back and think about what your scarf might look like if you used these colors and these temperature ranges. Tinker as needed to achieve the desired effect.
  • Get started! Sign up on the forum and let us know what your plans are. Do some research on the temperature for the days that have already passed in January and get yourself caught up to today or make a note on the temperature for when you do start. Don't forget to check out our January sale- buy 4, get 1 free on most of Bernat's medium-weight yarns - perfect for this project!


The materials list here is only a guideline based on our location and temperature background. Be sure and customize your materials based on your color breakdown and climate. Also, due to the unpredictable nature of weather, you may need more of some shades. You can buy extra balls now or wait until you need them. Don't worry about different dye-lots - it won't make a big difference in this case.

Bernat Satin (100 g/3.5 oz, 182 m/200 yds)
Border Color: Snow (04005) 1 ball
Crimson (04705) 1 ball
Goldenrod (04609) 1 ball
Foliage (04246) 1 ball
Soft Fern (04221) 1 ball
Lagoon (04742) 1 ball
Aqua (04201) 1 ball
Teal (04203) 1 ball
Sultana (04307) 1 ball

OR Approximately 9 balls of yarn of the same basic weight in colors of your choosing. We recommend using worsted weight or thinner to ensure your scarf doesn’t end up like The Doctor's! Sheep(ish) by Vickie Howell and Bernat Super Value are excellent options.

A pair of knitting needles or crochet hook – use the size recommended on the yarn label. I will be using size 5 mm (U.S. 8 ) for my scarf.

Instructions – Temperature Scarf - Knit
Note: In this pattern you will knit 5 rows of your border color at the beginning and end of the scarf, 2 rows each day in the appropriate temperature-based color, and 4 rows of border color in between each month:

Seed Stitch pattern: *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.

With your border color, cast on 35 stitches.
Knit 5 rows (garter st), noting 1strow is WS.

**Work 2 rows of Seed Stitch pattern every day in appropriate temperature-based color, for the duration of the month.

With border color, knit 4 rows (garter st).**
Optional: If you would prefer not to have your border color between months, simply omit this part of the pattern and continue with just knitting 2 rows of Seed Stitch per day.

Rep from ** to ** 11 times more (each month of the year).
Cast off.

Instructions – Temperature Scarf - crochet
Note: In this pattern you will crochet 4 rows in your border color at the beginning and end of the scarf, 2 rows each day in the appropriate temperature-based color, and 4 rows of border color in between each month:

With your border color, chain 26.
1st row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. *Ch 1. Miss next ch. 1 sc in next ch. Rep from * to end of chain. Turn. 25 sts.
2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. *1 sc in next ch-1 sp. Ch 1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. 1 sc in next ch-1 sp. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
Rep last row twice more.

**Beg working Daily pattern in temperature-based color:
1st row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. *Ch 1. 1 sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * to last 2 sc. Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. *1 sc in next ch-1 sp. Ch 1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. 1 sc in next ch-1 sp. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.

Rep 1st and 2nd rows for every day of the month.
With border color, work 1st and 2nd rows twice.**
Rep from ** to ** 11 times more (each month of the year).
Fasten off.

Possible Modifications and Notes
There are lots of fun ways you can customize this project, such as:

  • Show off your favorite stitch or mix up different stitches instead of following the pattern precisely. Keep in mind that some stitch patterns may result in an extremely long scarf. Do a tension swatch in your pattern to determine how long a scarf you will have at the end of 365 days.
  • For a shorter scarf or cowl, do a 6-month version of the scarf, or knit fewer rows.
  • Make a scarf for a friend or loved one based on the weather in a place they wish they were.
  • Make a scarf for an important year, such as the year a loved one was born.
  • Assign colors for other weather elements - like rain, snow, thunderstorms, etc. to get an even more complete look at your year.
  • Who says you have to stick to scarves? Make a whole blanket that represents your journey through the year!

We'll be chatting about our progress on the Bernat Forums, so drop by and share your own project!


Is this going to be the KAL/CAL for this spring? Is there not going to be a “Mystery” KAL/CAL afghan? Or will that be released later?

I too was in hopes of another mystery afghan and am wondering if there will be one this year.

I agree, this sounds quite boring and I was so looking forward to an afghan

I loved the last KAL/CAL and was looking forward to another afghan. I live in Florida so would not be much variation. Will there be another KAL/CAL this year besides the scarf.

So did we ever get an answer? Will there be a mystery afghan this year? I have no need for a scarf.

How nice is this! What a great CAL/KAL. Looking forward to joining in the fun. I am a beginner knitter so it is really nice to have a simple pattern that I can do. Many of the KAL's I have seen and attempted to do have been so far over my head that I get lost and just give up. It is so nice to be able to participate in this one. Thanks again.

What about all of the ends on the sides? Will that look sort of lumpy when they are all woven in?

We'll be giving a tutorial on how to weave in your ends, it should look fine.


You can get started whenever you're ready, but our 'official' start date is February 1st to give everyone a chance to gather up their materials and figure out their strategies. In the meantime, we're chatting away at the Bernat Forums.

When will this tutorial be out? Where will is be available? There are a lot of ends on my scarf already.

I am with Dorthy. Been waiting for a Mystery CAL. Just not feeling this one. I do not have time to stitch every day. Would be hard to keep up with what the temp was. Especially since it has been crazy here in Northern Illinois. We have gone 60F to 17F within a week. Hope others have fun with it tho.

Sorry I meant I am with TJ on this one*

I love this KAL/CAL! It leaves so much room for creativity. :) I feel like an artist, with a palette of colors to use for my creation! I'm using Bernat Denimstyle for my scarf - all 13 colors of it!

As if I need ANOTHER project...but this looks like so much fun. Have to do it!

So for those of us in the Prairies or the North we will have a large portion of our Scarf or Blanket in Purple as -6 and below are the norm for Nov-March or longer. Do we just keep using darker shades?

It's probably best if you modify the temperature ranges and colors to work best for you and your location. You will probably need to extend the temperature range lower than the one suggested.

Being from the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada area we have quite the diversity of temperatures also. I plan on using this CAL as a teaching project and estimate using at leat 12 colours. Many of my students want to use up their stash and I think this is a great way to do it. Might just leave 3 inches tail at beginning and end of all rows so you would have a ready made fringe!

This is a great idea! My 15 year old daughter and I plan to do this together. We have a large temperature range here in Minnesota. We plan to knit one row in the low temperature color for the day and one in the high temperature color to add a little more visual interest. Possibly even vary the stitch pattern for weather - snow, rain, etc. Am wondering if we'll end up with 10 foot long scarves? Need to check my math again!

That's a really cool idea, I like that, BUT this thing is already going to be crazy long. :) I decided to make a blanket. My 4yo will take it w/ her to Kindergarten next year.

I live in Anchorage, Alaska. I like the colors suggested, but I would have a scarf without any orange or red in it, if I did it by temperature (we go from below zero to about 70 degrees, and not much higher.) I'm going to do it by hours of daylight, since we have so much more variety in that - 5 1/2 all the way up to 23 hours. What fun, because it will be a regular progression of colors across the year, and I'll justifiably be able to use lots of warmer colors because we have almost 24 hours of daylight in June. I can still use blues for the darker months. I'm excited to do this!

what a neat idea!!!

That's a great idea. Looking forward to seeing pics of your scarf as this gets going.

What a beautiful idea? I am joining the kal. Tomorrow i'am buying the yarn and I will start as soon as possible. Glad to start a new project, Francine

This should be fun. I have family around the country, in very different climates, and I might have to make several!

can't wait to get started on this scarf...I'm planning to do the CAL & KAL...just ordered my Satin yarn and hope it is enough for 2 scarves for the year then I can give 1 to my sister & 1 for me...this will be so much fun

I live in a desert climate where the evening is much colder than the day (Ex. yesterday's temp was 70º F in the morning and 38º F in the evening). Anyone have any suggestions on how best to represent this pattern? I don't think averages would best reflect the weather conditions here. Thanks!

I live in a wonky climate too (chinooks so our high might be at 1am or 11pm). I'm going to pick a time of day and do that (for consistency's sake). I picked 2pm, because that's usually the warmest part of the day.

Great Idea Shelley! I was trying to decide if I was going for low temps or highs - or maybe lows in the winter and highs in the summer to show the extremes. And I think I'm gonna stash bust this project!

You could still do two rows each day, but do one row for day and one for night? The only thing is, you might want to consider separating each day with a row of border colour? Hmmm... This one's a thinker. :)

I am making a knit and a crochet one. One will be for low temps, one will be high temps and then I am doing one that instead of two rows of the same color it will be one of the low and one of the high of the day. By Christmas I will have three scarves, for gifts and will use the week forecast for the last week to finish in time for Christmas.

Perhaps you could just choose to represent the lows, as that might be when you would most often wear a scarf?

I would like to make this for my nephew born just a couple pf weeks ago; i think it would make a neat first birthday gift. If i was going to make into a blanket and i am crocheting it what would be an appropriate number of stitches i need to go across?

Just hold it up and guess, no big deal. I'm making a blanket as well and it's a bit wider than my arms outstretched I think.

How long would the average crocheted scarf following the basic instructions be?

That's what I was wondering. I must have miscalculated, because 2 rows a day, if I do single crochet @ 4 rows per inch, my scarf will be over 16 feet long! That's, well, kinda crazy!! Did I miss something?!

LONG! If you do it like directed, that's almost 800 rows of stitches. That's why I'm only doing 1 row per day and I'm making a blanket.

I'm having a problem finding the historical, day by day, weather data for various US places. Can you tell us where you found the day by day data, please?

i found the weather channel site very helpful

Hi! I found this page to help me find this out for my area. Go to this link and enter your own zip code. http://www.weather.com/weather/monthly/48017

Hi, I posted a site farther down with a wonderful site. It is Weather Underground, wunderground.com. I give instructions on how to navigate it. Finding this info all in one place makes this project so much more fun. I don't have to search all over and get frustrated. Hope this helps.

How long is this scarf going to be!? I estimate it could be 32 feet long! Yikes!

WOW! Maybe I didn't miscalculate. I did it at small rows of single crochet @ 4 rows per inch, and got over 16 feet. I'd rather do double crochet, but that WOULD be over 32 feet long!!

I went to the Bernat Satin yarn page, where the specs are listed, and it shows 18 sts - 24 rows = 4" (10 cm). That means that there will be about 6 rows (or 3 days if you do double rows) per inch. Quick math is 365 days / 3 days per inch = 121.667 inches or just over 10 feet. That is pretty long for a scarf but maybe it's reallllly cold where you are! lol

Decided this sounds like fun- am going to do one with a black border color and change stitch type according to weather conditions :)

What might be cute for a state with a prominent hunting season, like deer season in many northern states, is to do those days in a camo color or blaze orange, especially if the scarf is a gift for an avid outdoorsman or outdoorswoman. Would be a nice personal touch.

What a good idea! Much more hubby-friendly, too.

Since the next few months are cold thought I would just purchase my "cool colors" till the weather changes.

Do we knit any of the border color around the edges, or do we just knit the entire row with the color for the day?

The pattern doesn't require you to knit the border color around the edges, but that could look very neat and tie the whole thing together! If you decide to do that make sure you buy enough of the border as you'll be using extra.