Monday, November 9, 2009

Knit, People, Knit!

Though you'd never know it with today's balmy 67 degree weather, winter is on its way. With Alex hoping for a super frosty season, it's officially time for me to break out the knitting needles and cozy in for a few new knitting projects!

This is a great one because it looks super cute, is one size fits all, and can be finished in just a few hours.

Last spring, Kristina and I went to Shecky's Girls Night Out and fell in love with Volang Headbands. They are beautiful, but unfortunately sell for around $40. Since I can't afford to spend that on a headband, I decided to see if I could make something similar on my own. After searching the internet far and wide, I found a site called Knitty and a pattern called Calorimetry. It turned out great and will keep my ears warm all winter long.

Materials
  • Patons Classic Wool [100% Merino Wool; 233yd/204m per 100g ball]; color: Regency; 1 skein (or less!)
  • 1 pair US #8/5mm straight needles
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • 1 button (buy the button after the project is completed, to determine the size needed.)
Pattern Notes
  • Gauge: 20 sts / 22 rows = 4 inches in 2x2 Rib, lightly stretched
  • The project is worked using short rows. To work short rows, work to the point indicated in the pattern, then turn your work around and begin working back in the other direction. Holes will form in your work at the turning points of the short rows; don't worry! This is to be expected. One of these holes will be used as a buttonhole when the project is completed.
  • The pattern uses 2 stitch markers to help you keep track of your short rows. The first half of the piece is worked in short rows which progressively decrease in length, the second half in short rows which progressively increase in length.
  • It is very important to obtain the correct gauge for this piece. If worked to the gauge stated above, your Calorimetry will be 24 inches long. If you want a shorter piece, you can either cast on fewer stitches, or work at a smaller gauge.
  • It is also very important to consider the characteristics of the yarn you are choosing. Best results will be obtained from a yarn that is springy and resilient, which will retain the elasticity of the ribbing. Do not use a yarn which will lose its shape, becoming drapey with wear.
Directions
  • Cast on 120 sts.
  • Row 1: Work all stitches in 2x2 Rib (Knit 2, Pearl 2).
  • Row 2: Work in 2x2 Rib as set to last 2 stitches, stop, turn work.
  • Row 3: Slip 1, work 3 stitches, place marker, work to last 2 stitches, turn work.
  • Row 4: Slip 1, work 3 stitches, place second marker, work to next marker, turn work.
  • Row 5: Remove marker, slip 1, work 3 stitches, replace marker, work to next marker, turn work.
  • Repeat Row 5 fifteen times more.
  • Row 6: Do not remove marker. Slip 1, work to next marker, turn work. 44 stitches between markers; 38 stitches at each side of piece, outside of markers.
  • Row 7: Slip 1, work to marker, remove marker, work 4 stitches, replace marker, turn work.
  • Repeat Row 7 seventeen times more. 2 stitches remain outside markers at each end of the piece.
  • Row 8: Slip 1, work to marker, remove marker, work last 2 stitches.
  • Work 1 more row, removing final marker.
  • Finishing: Loosely bind off all stitches. Weave in ends, using one yarn end to sew a button to one end of the piece. No buttonhole is necessary; one of the holes which formed at a short-row turning point can serve as a buttonhole.

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