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« Reply #360 on: January 11, 2007 09:57:42 AM »

i just cast on my for my second calorimetry. my first one was giant like everyone elses. i made it with sugar and creme and size 7 needles. the one i just started on is on size 5 needles with patrons SWS. i cast on 120 sts. i am planning on felting it a little bit but i have never felted before. if i felt it will it shrink it in everyway? i mean should i have used less than 120 sts since i am planning on felting it or what? man i hope this works. i love this pattern and my last one was such a disaster. thanks!
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« Reply #361 on: January 11, 2007 10:40:12 AM »

i just cast on my for my second calorimetry. my first one was giant like everyone elses. i made it with sugar and creme and size 7 needles. the one i just started on is on size 5 needles with patrons SWS. i cast on 120 sts. i am planning on felting it a little bit but i have never felted before. if i felt it will it shrink it in everyway? i mean should i have used less than 120 sts since i am planning on felting it or what? man i hope this works. i love this pattern and my last one was such a disaster. thanks!

You should always make a swatch to check your before and after felting gauge.  Since felting can be tricky, you never really know just how your finished project will come out.  So, knit yourself up a test swatch, measure it, felt it the way you will felt your finished Calorimetry, let it dry and then measure it again.  That swatch should give you a pretty good idea as to what your shrinkage percentage will be. 
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« Reply #362 on: January 11, 2007 10:50:41 AM »

I felted the one I made because it was too large...I used Pattons as well...I thought it would shrink to fit better--WRONG! It shrank into a very hard, unwearable brick...

However,if you look a few pages back, another knitter hand felted hers and it turned out tremendous!! You can still her lovely ribbing--machine felting turns it into "fabric" and way way too small...if you follow the original pattern...

I have found that Pattons does not shrink the same each time the same way, depending on pattern, color, etc. I now make a swatch and shrink to test each time (yeah, a pain...but better than wasting precious knitting time!)

BTW--if you guys hop over to the December Birthday Swap gallery, you can see the ones yellowblanket knit for hokiekate--and see how she wears her--ha ha --very adorable!
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« Reply #363 on: January 11, 2007 12:44:32 PM »

I followed the pattern exactly and used Patons SWS on size 8 needles.  It did come out big, but I have a big "heed" (insert Scottish accent) at almost 24".  The length was fine, but I found it wider than I wanted, so I'll make my next one more narrow.  The coolest thing about how this turned out its that the self-striping came out totally symmetrical!  Trippy-dippy man!

finally someone posts their head size! i've been debating on casting on 80, or doing the pattern as written, since everyone claims it comes out so ginormous, but i have a 24" head, too! ginormous on a normal person might fit me just fine.  Wink
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« Reply #364 on: January 11, 2007 01:02:17 PM »

finally someone posts their head size! i've been debating on casting on 80, or doing the pattern as written, since everyone claims it comes out so ginormous, but i have a 24" head, too! ginormous on a normal person might fit me just fine.  Wink

I cast on 80 for mine but I have a 22.5" head and wanted it to be nice and snug. I'd go for casting on just like the pattern for length but keep an eye on how wide it's knitting up.
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« Reply #365 on: January 11, 2007 07:12:48 PM »

i just finished my second one that i started earlier today. i cast on 120 sts on US 5 needles. it fits well, i double buttoned it and i am in love with it. i just cast on 100 sts on the US 5s to make it a little more snug. i have a feeling i am going to make like 30 of these things! i really want to make one with the ribbon! its soooo pretty!
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« Reply #366 on: January 12, 2007 07:21:22 AM »

BTW--if you guys hop over to the December Birthday Swap gallery, you can see the ones yellowblanket knit for hokiekate--and see how she wears her--ha ha --very adorable!


I saw that too! Very Shockingly Pink Coif meets Calo.... or really what else you can do with a Calo that is way too big.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=138116.60
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« Reply #367 on: January 12, 2007 09:06:49 AM »

I used some spare DK weight acrylic yarn from my stash and the gauge seems to be perfect! I cast on 120 sts as specified in the pattern.

After seeing KnitwitUK's post, I decided to use some RedHeart Sport weight I had lying around and cast on 120 as called for. I also just did it in garter stitch, because I'd never used short rows before and didn't want to think about ribbing while learning the new technique. (I'm a baby knitter.) The size came out fine, although admittedly I have a big head.

This pattern seems a good way to learn short rows, and I was pleased with the result. I think I'll try worsted weight and 80 or so CO st for my next one.

Anyhoo, just wanted to report my results.


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« Reply #368 on: January 12, 2007 10:33:21 AM »

I decided that I needed a Calorimetry yesterday after finding this thread, and today after only a few short hours of knitting here it is:


I knit it out of Novita Aino yarn, which is 100% wool (I think, I lost the label thingy), on 5mm needles. I'm going to have to try it with some selfstriping yarn next time, I really love the design. Even though it came out a bit large Wink

PS: larger photos are on my blog
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« Reply #369 on: January 12, 2007 03:17:16 PM »

very nice trillian! the color is also good on you...I am trying to find self striping yarn as well as the ones I have seen on here are just perfect!
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