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Lisa Shroyer, editor of Knitscene magazine, has compiled a book entitled The Best of Knitscene, featuring a "reworking of Heather Lodinsky's "Central Park Hoodie" [Yarn Market News, January 2012], available from Interweave Press. The links below take you to the pages for the paper version and the eBook version.

Paper [144 pp, paperback, $24.95]

eBook [144 pp, PDF, $19.95]

The book includes 20 of the most popular knitting patterns from the first five years of Knitscene magazine, including Connie Chang Chinchio's Geodesic Cardigan and Katie Himmelberg's Phiaro Scarf. The offerings vary widely from mitts, hats, socks and scarves to vests and sweaters, in addition to providing tips and designer profiles.

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The pattern for the CPH is now available
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The Knitting Daily Blog has featured the CPH in some posts:
The CPH--Which Size to Knit?
The Finished Plus Size CPH
The CPH Plus Size Gallery

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Monday, February 12, 2007

One Sleeve Done - and needing more advice

Hi All,

First, thanks to Shameka, Pam and Tiennie for great advice on sleeve length and blocking (and reminding me feverishly that blocking is like doing a swatch – skip the step and you’ll regret it).

So I finished one sleeve this weekend (!) and as I’m progressing, more questions are arising. Thanks in advance for putting up with my beginner-ness! I realize that I’m being very (probably too) prescriptive about this – I think I’m just too nervous to screw anything up.

I’m trying to figure out the order of blocking and finishing, both seaming and doing the hood.

After finishing sleeves, but before doing the hood, it says to sew shoulder seams. I guess at this point, before doing the hood, I should block the back, left and right fronts and sleeves? From there, I will seam the shoulders.

After that I will do the hood and then the front bands and hood edging. After doing this – should I isolate the front bands/hood and block those while trying to avoid getting rest of the sweater wet?

Finally – any tips on seaming? I have my Vogue knitting book ear marked to the 10 different ways to seam – just wanted to see if anyone had some advice on what the best way would be for this one.


tiennie said...

Just me but I blocked all the pieces at the same time. I don't like doing it piece by piece. Once it's all seamed, I did the hood and then picked up the stitches to do ribbing - I did not block it again after the initial time.

Advice on seaming? - Just jump in. This is my least favorite part so it's more a case of pushing myself to start than remembering any particular seaming technique. I think the technique I use is mattress stitch?

Elizabeth said...

I love the mattress stitch. I think it makes for a great, nearly invisible seam.

Blocking before or after? I've done it both ways, and haven't really seen a difference. I think if something has come out small, it might be better to block first to get it back into the size you need.

Anyone else? Which ways have you done it?

mary said...

i just blocked the fronts, back, and sleeves, and then went on from there. mattress stitch is the way i did it, just make sure you read about setting the sleeve in, and you'll be ok. just take a breath, and no worries! :)

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