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Old 05-15-2007, 07:49 AM   #1
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Question on Calorimetry...
I finally finished my MIL's washcloths and now I am on to knitting for my daughter. I have decided on 4 washclothes and calorimetery. I think that it would be good for her when she goes on her Mustang on trail rides in northern CA. I have had this wool yarn I bought from a LYS maybe 2 years ago and I just looked at the label (I bought them as skeins and have since wound them into balls) and it is Cascade 220. Would this be a good yarn for this or would it be a little itchy for her? If it is not good for this, then what would you suggest?
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Old 05-15-2007, 09:27 AM   #2
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I have never personally used the stuff but I know people who swear by it for sweaters. So I think that it should work out just fine.
Anyone who has used it want to weigh in?
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Old 05-15-2007, 09:28 AM   #3
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I used Patons SWS. It's nice and soft, and it's a bit stretchy.

Word of warning...make it a little smaller than what the pattern calls for. This pattern tends to run large. What I did was cast on and then measure it around my head. Allow for a bit of stretch to make the ends meet.

Enjoy! This was a fun, quick project.
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Old 05-15-2007, 10:17 AM   #4
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About the size - the pattern says to CO 120 sts, but most people used about 88 -100 sts and found that it fit better. Even though there's small holes to use as buttonholes for fit, you don't want a 3 inch overlap.

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Old 05-15-2007, 10:52 AM   #5
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I've just started Calorimetery with some left over Paton's Classic Merino. It's not the softest yarn, but it's soft enough, and it's wonderfully springy and sturdy.



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Old 05-15-2007, 11:36 AM   #6
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I did it with some handpainted wool from Nashua Creations, not the softest stuff but it was fine for the calorimetry. I want to rip it out and make it smaller however. It's just too big for my head. I do love how it turned out however with a multi color yarn.
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Old 05-15-2007, 01:18 PM   #7
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Ditto on making it smaller! I made one for my dd and had to add a second button, in a ways, in order for it to fit (that too long of overlap referred to above). It worked and looks fine and she likes it, but my next ones will definitely be smaller.
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Old 05-15-2007, 05:38 PM   #8
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Ok, I hate to hijack this thread but I have a bit of a problem. I'm finishing up my 1st Calorimetery and the holes are not closing up or just kind of disappearing. I know this sounds stupid but what am I doing wrong? Should I have done a wrap on the slipped stitches? Will these holes disappear with blocking? Thanks in advance.



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Old 05-15-2007, 05:56 PM   #9
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The holes are meant to be there. They are the button holes and provide a way for the snugness of the calorimetry to be adjusted for the wearer's head.
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Nadja,

I guess it might just depend on what kind of yarn you are using. If your yarn is stretchy, I would think the holes would naturally close back up some.

Can you post a picture?

I made mine exactly like the instructions (except for the number of cast on stitches). I didn't block mine, so I don't know if the holes would tighten up.
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