Calorimetry – finished.

Note the lack of an “on the needles” post for this project? That’s how quickly it knits up. This is Calorimetry, from Knitty. I knit it because I kept seeing postings about in on the Lonesome Skein Knit-along list that I belong too.


Knit in KnitPicks Wool of the Andes, amethyst heather, on size 8 needles. And for a change, knit exactly to pattern. It’s larger the the version pictured on Knitty, probably due to yarn/gauge differences. If I made it again in worsted weight, I’d reduce the number of stitches cast on and the row repeats slightly. Nicole did a nifty reduced size version of it here: Nicole’s Calorimetry.

All in all, a fun first exercise in short rows.


7 thoughts on “Calorimetry – finished.

  1. OK…someone is going to have to explain to me what “short rows” are…I’ve seen them around before and I have tried to figure them out. Is there a decent and SIMPLE website I can find to help explain this to me?

  2. I’d love to knit one of these for myself but it doesn’t look right. I mean the finished product doesn’t look like what the model is wearing in your link to Knitty. Do you fold it in half???

  3. Ragazza — a short row is row which you knit partway, then turn and knit back over. This creates the foot ball shape you can see in Calorimetry above — the rows on the outer edges are longer then the rows in the center.

    If you want to knit a really basic short row swatch to see how this works (it’s easier to do then to explain) do this.
    Cast on 10 stitches.
    Row 1 — Knit ten stitches.
    Row 2 – Knit eight stitches, and turn the work as if you had finished the row, leaving two stitches unknit.
    Row 3 — onto the the needle with the two un-knit stitches, knit 6 stitches — this leaves two stiches un-knit. Turn the work again.
    Row 4 — Knit to the end of the row.
    Row 5 — Knit to the end of the row.

    This will give you a funny little oval swatch thingie — you can see that the rows in the middle of it have fewer stitches across (8) then the rows on the outer edges do. They are short a few stitches. Which is what I often think of designers who include this feature to excess in their patterns… but that’s another topic.

    Regarding the size — my version of this is larger then what the model on Knitty is wearing — I estimate it’s about twice as wide, and I could fold it in half if I wanted it too. The pattern isn’t supposed to be folded — I just didn’t knit it to the precise gauge the designer asked, and I knit it in a different yarn, which has given me a similiar but larger piece. If you want to knit something smaller, you’ll want to pick a fiber closer to what the designer used, and be sure to knit to gauge, or check out the link to Nicole’s downsized version.

  4. Brenda,

    I didn’t avoid them – they are there, just not noticeable because of the loft of the yarn – they would show up if I blocked this. Caveat – while I’ve never tried these, my knitting book tells me that the holes can be avoided by working a yarn over at the turn. Not having knit this technique, I cannot begin to describe how to do it. The Knitter’s Handbook, a little techniques book by Knitters Magazine also has a section about hiding the holes which I haven’t tried and can’t explain. *lol*

    Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

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