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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
for purchase from Knitting Daily as a downloadable PDF! The pattern includes expanded sizing for PLUS sizes—52", 56", and 60"!

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

If you receive the Knitting Daily email, you already know that the CPH is the NUMBER ONE best-selling pattern in the KD Online Store!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Here we go!

So, I still haven't decided exactly how I'm going to attach/use the toggles for my buttons, but I did take some pictures of my CPH this evening. No modeling shots as I'm alone (other than the cats) but I did my best to capture the spirit of the Central Park Hoodie in my table top pictures. I'm happy with the way it came out, although I think I was so afraid of everyone saying it was too smal, that I might have knitted it a bit too big. :)

Anyway, here are the pics:

Central Park Hoodie

tubular cast on and i-cord edging

Cable up the hood

Here are the details:

Yarn : Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran Weight (9 skeins)
Size : Cast on for the 44, increased to the 48 after the waist to accomodate curves (what I should have done is decrease back down again... the shoulders are too big.
Needles : 7s and 9s

Modifications to the pattern:

1. Well, I started by knitting the back and the 2 fronts in one piece. This was helpful in making that part go faster I think.

2. I used a 2X2 tubular cast on to start on the body and the sleeves.

3. I knit the sleeves in the round and increased on the underside of the arm.

4. I did Short-row shaping with a three-needle bind-off for the shoulders.

5. Continued the cable up the hood to the top.

6. Grafted the hood together instead of binding off and seaming it.

7. Added some short row shaping to the hood, as well as the button band (to make the hood rounder and to increase the length of the band along the sides, but not across the top of the head.

8. Knit the button band all at once rather than in 2 pieces.

9. Used an I-cord bindoff around the entire button band.

This is the first sweater I've succesfully made that fits me! Mostly everything else I knit is for babies or toddlers or is a size S to serve as a model at the LYS I work at part-time. Too bad the day I finished this 100% wool sweater, it suddenly became summer. :(

Thanks for all the support and help all the way! I have 2 full skeins left over (does anyone else have extra of this yarn/color) and I think I might try to make a matching small hoodie for my neice. :) That's another project for another day though. :)


Kris said...

Love the color...great jog!

AuntieAnn said...

I love the color, the tweediness of the yarn, the tubular cast-on (I must learn to do this!), and the short-row shoulders (I want to do this!). All in all, a fabulous job, great mods!

Octopus Knits said...

Great job! I'm glad to see your kitty likes it, too.

Ellen Bloom said...

Oh sure, the sweater is great.
More importantly....I have the exact same dining room table and chairs! Love 'em!

Nicole said...

It's beautiful! I love that color and the cables really jump out at you.

knititch said...

lovely sweater. i think there are some ideas for making toggles in the spring issue of vogue. elizabeth zimmermann may have ideas in her books as well (knitting around or the opinionated knitter)

catmum said...

I've really appreciated your notes and photos, it's helped me a lot. I'm just about ready to end the hood, and like you, have carried the cable up. I'd like to add short row shaping too, but pretty new to it. Can you give me a hint about where/how many stitches/rows etc? thanks so much