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« on: October 20, 2007 05:50:50 PM »

Ok so I made myself a lovely calorimetry but the trouble is it is too big. 
First time I made it I didn't do a gauge test (because really who needs one- apparently me)  I used size 8 needles like the pattern said and worsted yarn (I didn't know what weight yarn they used) and it was way to wide and long - like a hat really or a calorimetry for a giant.

So I frogged it and remade it on much smaller needles doing a gauge test first.  I used the recommended 120 co stitches.

IT ended up 20" long as in the picture -but it stretches a LOT.  And it really is a few inches too long.



also it is Much too wide



you can see that it covers a LOT of my head -too much for a calorimetry



and you can see in the Knitty http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTcalorimetry.html
Photos it is not so big.

The pattern says to just lessen the number of co stitches but how does that affect the width and the whole beautiful math of this pattern.  It is so logical but I can't figure out how many stitches to decrease by.

I would like the final width to be about 4 1/2".

Thanks for your help
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2007 06:06:35 PM »

When I made my Calorimetry I CO 80, and then I decreased the number of row 5 repeats to 10, and the row 7 repeats accordingly. I don't have a tape measure handy so I'm not sure the measurements, but I think the fit is just right..not too long or too wide. Hope that helps!
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2007 06:19:19 PM »

what size needles did you use and what weight yarn?

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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2007 06:21:20 PM »

for every 4 stitches you decrease in the cast on, you'll decrease 1 row.

so measure how wide yours is, then how many less rows you need to knit, for it to be the width you want.  
now, for each row you don't want to knit (to get back to the width you want), subtract 4 stitches from the cast on.

so, for example - you decide that you've knit 7 rows too many - if you had knit 7 rows less, it would be 4-1/2" inches wide.

now, take those 7 rows, times 4 stitches (the amount you pass one way or another each row), that's 28 stitches.  subtract that from the 120, so you would have had to cast on 92 stitches.

and you want the final number of stitches you cast on to be a multiple of 4, for the 2 x 2 ribbing.

make sense?
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2007 07:02:15 PM »

I did mine on size 9 needles(since I couldn't find my 8's) and the yarn was worsted.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2007 09:30:31 PM »

A lot of people found the original pattern much too big, and did a co of around 88-96 sts, and did fewer repeats of Row 5.
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2007 10:06:10 PM »

To personalize mine, rather than do tons of crazy math, I did a gauge swatch. Then I measured my head, figuring out how many stitches I would need (let's say my swatch was 20 stitches as 4.5 inches across, and my head is 22 inches where I would wear the piece, just multiply by 5 - 100 stitches). Then, round up or down to the closest multiple of 4. Then I just did the repeat until it was half the width I wanted.
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2007 02:07:38 PM »

If you decide to decrease, make sure you decrease in multiples of four (so that your 2x2 rib pattern will be accurate).
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2007 09:45:22 PM »

A lot of people found the original pattern much too big, and did a co of around 88-96 sts, and did fewer repeats of Row 5.

This.  I got lucky, and someone turned me onto the blogs of folks adjusting the pattern before I CO.


And I agree with Kacie, I really it the way it is on you.
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