“Yes, Virginia, it really is yet another Calorimetry.”

I’ve made a bushel and a peck of these. Well, not quite. But if you click on the thumbnail gallery at the end of this post you’ll see almost all of them. This one is knitted in Big Mexiko Color by Schoeller-Stahl. It’s a self-patterning wool worsted weight. I had my doubts about my choice of this yarn because of the short row shaping and how it might interact with the dye pattern. But I am quite pleased with the result. The vintage button works well too.

Calorimetry is a free pattern available at Knitty’s Winter, 2006 edition (also via a Ravelry link). It’s designed by Kathryn Schoendorf. So far, it’s been knitted and posted on the project pages of 14696 Ravelers. Quite remarkable popularity, Kathryn!

Oops…another Calorimetry

Calorimetry is a really addictive quick knit. I’ve made so many now that it’s getting a bit embarrassing. I should probably quit posting them, but every one comes out different and cute in a new way. You can find this Knitty free pattern here. Kathryn Schoendorf, Calorimetry’s designer, deserves to be recognized in a knitter’s “hit parade” for this gem of a pattern. It’s been knit and posted 14,448 times on Ravelry. It’s waiting in 7092 queues as of this writing.

Here’s what Calorimetry looks like laid out flat:

Here’s a glimpse of the B.C. (before Calorimetry) time when the yarn was just a ball of Plymouth Yarns Boku:

Favorite: Calorimetry


Many knitters have patterns they knit, and enjoy knitting, repeatedly.  My newest welcome repeat is Kathryn Schoendorf’s Calorimetry, a free pattern published in Knitty, Winter 2006.

I’ve posted three Calorimetries in the past several months and have recently completed my fourth. It’s a wide headband. It’s an ear warmer. It’s a hat specially adapted for folks with pony tails. It’s a fun quick pattern that knits up in about two hours, even allowing ample time for distractions.

Click on one of the photos below for a slide show sampling showing Calorimetry off in different yarns and colorways: The multi-color two are in Plymouth Yarns Boku. The pink and yellow one is Brown Sheep Lanaloft Worsted. And the denim one is in Paton’s SWS Soy Wool Stripes.







Calorimetry, again

Yes, again. This is my third Calorimetry: a headscarf that covers the ears and adjusts to assorted head sizes by clever use of short rows with unwrapped stitches. It’s great for the pony-tailed, because it allows one’s tail to wag freely.

Calorimetry is designed by Kathryn Schoendorf. Her free pattern was published in the Winter, 2006 Knitty.  13,514 Ravelers have completed the project and posted it on their project pages. This one is knitted in Brown Sheep Lanaloft worsted weight wool in the aptly named colorway: Salt Water Taffy. I’ve always thought it fun to knit dead-of-winter accessories in colors that evoke summer.  You can complete this quick knit in 2-3 hours.  100 yards will be enough. This version fastens with a big, pink vintage button that I found in my mom’s button jar.  

Why Calorimetry?  It is the scientific term for the measurement of heat loss or gained.  A somewhat appropriate name for what is basically a knitted headscarf.

Off-Season Knitting

I have always been prone to off-season knitting. I’ve been known to knit heavy wool afghans in the summer. You put the work in a flexible clothes basket so it doesn’t have to rest on your lap. In the dead of winter I may be knitting something in light spring colors, just to brighten up the mood some.

It will be awhile before anyone can wear this Calorimetry--an earwarming headband. Knitty’s free pattern has been knit and posted 13,160 times on Ravelry and it’s waiting to be knit in more than 6,000 Rav queues. It is blast to make, all the more so because even a pretty pokey knitter will have it completed in 3 hours. All the short rows are left unwrapped, creating small holes in the fabric, which gives the wearer flexibility in adjusting the button. This Calorimetry is knit with about 89 yards of Plymouth Boku, a 95% wool, 5% silk mix. Just a tad softer hand than Noro Kureyon.

I am working on a major slow poke blanket at the moment. It’s a fun slip stitch (mosaic) pattern, but after about 20 rows in a sitting I’m fighting to keep awake. So the new plan is that I am going to make some quick knits to give myself a break. This headband pattern is threatening to become my new favorite quick knit. I’m trying to convince myself it will look good even with my short hair. And when it’s on a head it doesn’t look a bit like lips. Not a bit.