I’m currently outside of Chicago for work and the weather has been a roller coaster ride! Last week it went down to -30 F one night. Ick! No good for girl who resides in Texas.
Before I came up here, I knit my first Calorimetry headband from a pattern on Knitty. It was actually supposed to be a gift, but I wasn’t too sure about the size and therefore wore it around in an attempt to stretch it. Eventually, I decided that I had been wearing it enough that it should be my own.
Knowing that I would be on site for work two weeks in a row, I decided that a few more of these headbands would be a good on-the-road project for me. Before I left I bought a skein of malabrigo worsted merino in the Autumn Forest colour way. I posted a few progress pictures on flickr and today, Chris-the-Girl shot me an e-mail saying that it had inspired her to get her knitting needles out again to make one for herself and one for her daughter.
I gathered a lot of useful information about common alterations to the published pattern from the discussion forums on ravelry. I also documented the changes that I made in the notes of my first ravelry project, but if you don’t have an account you can’t see it. So, here’s a summary for my friends without ravelry access.
- Pattern: Find it here for free (knitty winter 2006)
- Needles: I used US 9 / 5.5 mm because that’s what I had.
- Yarn: Most people on ravelry used the malabrigo worsted weight, Paton’s SWS (Soy Wool Stripes) or Noro Kureyon. I think I used about 54 yards, or a quarter skein.
- Total Knit Time: 2.5 – 3 hours
- Final Dimensions: 14 inches by 5 and a bit, unstretched. Stretched, it fits my head which is 22 inches around if you measure where I wear the headband.
- Useful Notes from the Discussion Forum:
- Casting on 120 stitches is crazy! There are all these people with pictures of giant headbands on ravelry.
- Repeating Row Five 15 times is crazy! Again, it results in giant headbands.
- Use a yarn that is resilent and won’t just stretch and permanently lose its tension, otherwise you will end up with a droopy headband quickly.
- I learned how to slip and work the rib stitch. When you turn your work, you often slip one in this pattern. The forum taught me that the slip stitch is the first one in your rib pattern. So, if you are supposed start with purling, in the 2X2 rib you would slip one stitch, purl one and then knit two. This may be obvious to people who have more experience working a rib pattern, but it helped me!
- Jane’s Pattern Mods:
- I cast on 84 stitches and the length is pretty perfect.
- I only repeated Row Five nine or 11 times, not 15. Basically, you should repeat it until the headband is about half of the width you want and then continue with the instructions. The caveat being that you need to do the right number of rows so that after Row 6 you are left with the same number of stitches outside of each of the stitch markers. I believe that this means you need to repeat Row Five an odd number of times.
- That being said, before you proceed with Row 6, stop and make sure that after you finish it, your stitch markers will be even.
That’s all for now! Happy knitting.