Posted by: kunderthedesk | November 9, 2009

Calorimetry Headband Pattern


Photo copyright to Kathryn Schoendorf, published on Knitty

Good morning and happy Monday, KUTD-ers! I hope you had a relaxing weekend. I spent most of my weekend gaming and celebrating my husband’s birthday. It was a good time! One thing that helps me look forward to the start of a new week is having a KUTD post to write and having a new free pattern suggestion to share with you. I think you’ll like today’s pattern: The Calorimetry Headband pattern by Kathryn Schoendorf, published over in the Winter 2006 Knitty issue.

Calorimetry is a scientific term and refers to the measurement of heat that is lost or gained, and since we know that’s important when it comes to keeping your head warm in the winter, the Calorimetry is the perfect solution for those who want to keep the heat in all while being stylish and wearing their hair up instead of down. Let’s face it: hats usually require your hair to be down and don’t fit right if you’re a ponytail kinda person. Never fear! The Calorimetry will keep you fashionable AND warm.


Photo copyright to Kathryn Schoendorf, published on Knitty

To knit a Calorimetry for yourself or a friend, you’ll need one skein of warm wool (the author recommends Filatura di Crosa 127 Print 100% Merino Wool) and US size 8 needles. This project is knit flat with short rows, so you just need straights today. (I realized that most of my recent project suggestions have been in-the-round projects, lol) You’ll probably want a safety pin, 2 stitch markers, and a tapestry needle for finishing. A button is also on the ‘need’ list, but the pattern recommends that you wait until after you’ve completed the Calorimetry to ensure you purchase the right sized button.

What I love about the Calorimetry is that it’s a one skein, simple project that you can easily knit for all of your friends this fall and winter season. It doesn’t use any fancy techniques and is good short row practice, plus the whole functional and fashionable thing is good ;) These are really popular and now that the pattern is almost 3 years old, you’ll find lots of examples on Ravelry to inspire you. Have fun!


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