This project was inspired by something I’m working on at work (Lion Brand). Have you heard of temperature blankets? You start January 1 and knit a row or two in a color corresponding to the temperature that day. It’s pretty cool. Well, my recently obsession with sideways garter stitch blankets collided with the idea of a temperature blanket. So my thought is this, cast on during the shortest day of the year (winter solstice) and progressively work longer rows until the longest day of the year (summer solstice) and then start decreasing toward the shortest day again.


Each day you knit two rows (one garter ridge) in the color that matches the high temperature in your town for that day. You’ll need 10 colors. You can see mine and the temperature range I assigned it below.

Being that Lion Brand yarns are readily accessible for me, I decided I’d do this project in Wool-Ease. Any worsted weight yarn will work, though.

My Wool-Ease palette will be:

  • Fisherman = 0º and below
  • Grey Heather = 1 – 21º
  • Oxford Grey = 22 – 32º
  • Denim = 33 – 43º
  • Blue Heather = 44 – 54º
  • Dark Rose Heather = 55 – 65º
  • Rose Heather = 66 – 76º
  • Blush Heather = 77 – 87º
  • Gold = 88 – 98º
  • Cranberry = 99º and above


If you’ve seen my Corner to Corner Garter Stitch Throw then you have an idea of what the Sideways Solstice will be.



Gather up the following:

  • 10 colors of worsted weight yarn. I’m using Wool-Ease from Lion Brand.
  • Size US 8/5mm circular needles, or needles that get approximately 4.5 sts per inch (gauge isn’t crucial, but will impact the finished size)
  • You will be working 183 increase rows (366 rows total) and 183 decrease rows (366 rows)*

*Because there are an uneven amount of days in the year, the longest day will get the last increase and also the first decrease row.

Join Me!

Let’s see if we can make it all the way through the year with this project. I’ll be posting updates of my project using the hashtag #SidewaysSolsticeKAL and I’d love to see some others doing the same! 🙂

Cast On: Saturday, December 21, 2019

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