Success! After years and years in my queue, I have finally made a Calorimetry! I’m happy to report that it was fun, fast and only used scraps of a worsted weight from my stash. I’ll be casting on for another one of these for my in-store knitting and hopefully I’ll have more than one for my gift stash.
Pattern: Calorimetry, by Katheryn Schoendorf, available for free from Knitty.com
Yarn: Woolly worsted weight scraps in a pretty blue heather
Button: A nice vintage shell button from our selection from Maureen Gallagher, here in the shop.
I put this one my wet-hair head to take this photo and I can’t bring myself to take it off. So cozy! I have a list of my favorite characteristics of this pattern:
- It’s fast! I tallied my knitting time for you, so that you may be able to gauge whether you wanted to make this as a quick project, also. I’m not an award-winning speed-knitter and I get interrupted a lot. It took me 2.5 hours total.
- The short-row, side to side shaping is easy (no rapping or picking up wraps or anything scary) and make using a striping yarn really fun! Although I didn’t use a striping yarn for this one, I will use Gina for the next one and I’ll show you how fun it looks.
- It’s flexible! It’s knit in ribbing so it is stretchy and cozy. You don’t have to guess where to put a buttonhole because the short row shaping leaves a row of holes along the center of the headband. This means you can button it as tight or as loose as you want – which also means you don’t have to guess how big to make it for the people on your list!
- You could embellish this to suit your needs or the style of your gift-recipient. How about a decorative button or crocheted flower on the side?!
If you need a fast pattern, I hope you give Calorimetry a try! There are a lot of patterns that use simple short row shaping such as this to create beautiful effects. If you get bitten by the short-row bug, check out Wingspan, Color Affection or Dreambird.
Next up: Herringbone Mittens!