Temperature Gauge Afghan by Nancy Stengel
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Temperature Gauge Afghan

Machine Knitting
Aran (8 wpi) ?
St st at a comfortable tension. Suggest T8.1.
Twin bed
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Afghan body is straight stockinette stitch using colors to match the temperature range. I used black for the top, bottom, and in between months as well as for the trim.

The pattern for the stripes was determined by noting the high temperature for the place my child was the first year of life and assigning a color value to that temperature. I used weatherunderground.com as the source for the information.

I combined two LK 150 machines to create a 250 needle bed machine with two tension masts. I used Internet directions to make my own sponge strip rather than using two commercially available ones. I set the dial to 8.1 to give a fairly loose tension. I liked the lighter weight of the fabric produced.

The trim was made on my Brother 260 as I could not get a successful tuck stitch with this yarn on the LK. I used Diana Sullivan’s Knitted Scalloped Folder Trim, which meant I could weave the ends along the sides and then cover them. Tension was set to 6.

Suggestions for temperature distribution and color assignment are below.

Low High
100 109 Burgundy
91 99 Cherry
82 90 Pumpkin
73 81 Butterscotch
64 72 Fern
55 63 Kelly Green
46 54 Teal
37 45 Royal
28 36 Amethyst
19 27 Lavender
10 18 True Grey