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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Week of Knitted Hats! Day 3 - Calorimetry Knit Headband

This buttoned headband would look great on those who have long hair. Although my hair is not long, I still think this is one of the coolest hats! This will definitely be one of my winter projects this year. This is another knitty archive hat and is available as a free internet pattern. Pattern & images © 2006 Kathryn Schoendorf.

Length: Stretches to 24 inches

1 skein worsted weight yarn
1 pair US #8/5mm straight needles or size to give correct gauge
2 stitch markers
Safety pin (optional)
Tapestry needle
1 button (Buy the button after the project is completed, to determine the size needed.)

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.

2x2 Rib (Worked back and forth over a multiple of 4 sts):
Row 1: [K2, p2] to end.
Repeat this row for 2x2 Rib.

*** 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. For example, using sport weight yarn (on smaller needles) worked at a gauge of 24 sts = 4 inches will yield a piece that is 20 inches long.

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 and flaccid with wear.

*** Some who have made this pattern have used a smaller needle size and cast-on fewer stitches (80-100 instead of 120.) If you want this headband narrower, repeat row 5 and 7 fewer times.


CO 120 sts.
Row 1
: Work all sts in 2x2 Rib.
Row 2
: Work in 2x2 Rib as set to last 2 sts, turn work.
Row 3
: Sl 1, work 3 sts, place marker, work to last 2 sts, turn work.
Row 4
: Sl 1, work 3 sts, place second marker, work to next marker, turn work.
Row 5
: Remove marker, sl 1, work 3 sts, replace marker, work to next marker, turn work.
Repeat Row 5 fifteen times more.
Row 6
: Do not remove marker. Sl 1, work to next marker, turn work. 44 sts between markers; 38 sts at each side of piece, outside of markers.
Row 7
: Sl 1, work to marker, remove marker, work 4 sts, replace marker, turn work.
Repeat Row 7 seventeen times more. 2 sts remain outside markers at each end of the piece.
Row 8
: Sl 1, work to marker, remove marker, work last 2 sts.
Work 1 more row, removing final marker.

Loosely BO all sts.

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