If winter isn't quite over where you live (it's not over here, although it WAS 60 degrees yesterday!) and you've been dying to try a Calorimetry but alas, you don't know how to knit, here's another option for you.
The pattern is super easy and should take you less than an hour, start to finish. Without further ado:
Bron’s Brain Band
Skill level: Easy
Materials: 1 skein Paton’s SWS in color of your choice, size I hook, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, needle & thread for sewing on button, one button approx. 1” diameter.
To begin, ch 71.
Row 1 - Sc in 2nd ch. from hook and in next 19 chs. Hdc in next 5 chs, dc in next 20 chs, hdc in next 5 chs, sc in next 20 chs. Turn - do not chain one.
Row 2 - Sc in 1st 5 sts, hdc in next 10, dc in next 10, fpdc/bpdc over next 20 dc, dc in next 10 sts, hdc in next 10, sc in last 5. Turn - do not chain one.
Row 3 - 5 sc, 5 hdc, 5 dc, 40 fpdc/bpdc, 5 dc, 5 hdc, 5sc. Turn - do not chain one.
Row 4 - 5 sl st, 5 sc, 50 bpdc/fpdc, 5 sc, 5 sl st. Fasten off.
Note: On row 4 you begin the fp/bp crochet with a BACK post, rather than the front post of row 2 & 3. This is so your stitches will line up & keep the ribbing constant.
Turn work over and working in the free loops of the foundation chain, attach yarn in 1st loop. This time chain one. Work one sc in joining loop, then one more sc in next loop. Chain 2, skip next 2 loops, sc in next 16 loops. (Buttonhole made.) Continue as for row 1 to end.
Row 2: Work as for Row 2 on side one, but work 2 sc in ch 2 space. Sc to end.
Rows 3 & 4: Same as side one.
Weave in ends. Sew on button. Enjoy!
Modifications: This headband is a size large. For a child’s headband I would chain 61. You would then have 5 less single crochets per side on your first row. The second row I would take out 5 of the hdcs, on the third I would delete the 5 double crochets. That would leave 10 less fp/bp double crochets on row 4.
Adjusting the size would always be easy - just add or subtract in even groups. 3 on each side, 5 on each side, 7 on each side, etc., adjusting how many scs & hdcs you would add or subtract on subsequent rows.
If you want to add a 5th row to the band, sl st over the first 10 sts, fpdc/bpdc over next 50, then slip st in final 10 sts.
Let me know what you think. :) And for heaven's sake, if you find a mistake, let me know! LOL After all my pattern bitchin' that would be too ironic, wouldn't it? hehehe
On the home front: I finished my washcloth & it's now gracing our kitchen sink. :)
Regarding the rental, we have a man bringing his banker with him today at 10, ready & MORE than willing to make us an offer for the house as is. If he comes within a couple of thousand of our asking price, it's gone! (And we don't have to clean ANY of the crud!!!) He's already talking about gutting the kitchen, tearing out half a wall, adding on in the back, etc. Basically acting like the place is his....and for the right price, it WILL be by 11! LOL
It's probably too much to hope for, but keep your fingers crossed for us anyway, OK? The only reason I think it might happen is that the house sits on almost half an acre - unheard of around here. Butting up against the arroyo, it's really a prime lot - bigger than ours right next door! The man's a wheeler/dealer and knows exactly what he's looking at. :)
I'm off to teach 6th grade English - have a good one everyone!