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Temperature knitting is the latest rage in Iceland

By Staff

  • Temperature knitting A group of women have taken up temperature knitting or crocheting. The temperature each day determins the colour choice. Photo/Veðráttuteppi

“I’ve never studied the weather as much as I have over these past months. And probably never been so happy to see frost in the weather forecast,” says Elín Kristín Guðrúnardóttir, who introduced temperature knitting to Iceland. Those who commit to temperature knitting must knit or crochet one to three rows using the temperature gauge as a colour choice each day.  


A blanket representing the first four months of the year. 

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According to Elín Kristín, who owns and runs the knitting store Handverkskúnst with her mother, Guðrún, the project was inspired by Crochet Crowd and the trick is not to cheat the system. The aim is to allow the weather and the season to dictate your colour choice.

The women have created a temperature guide of colour options to follow: Purple equals -6 degrees Celsius (21 Fahrenheit) and everything below, dark blue represents -1 to -5 degrees Celsius (30-23 Fahrenheit), green stands for 6 to 8 degrees Celsius (43-46 Fahrenheit) and so on. 

Watch the National Broadcasting Servic's segment on the project here

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