************* THIS JUST IN *************
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.

**************** UPDATE ****************
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!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Found It!

Thank you to Octopus Knits for providing me with the much-needed gauge info on the CPH. I'm happy to report that I found the magazine. Of course it was hiding someplace it never should have been.


Time to CAST ON!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Stupid Gauge Question

OK, this is probably a very stupid question coming from the Administrator of this KAL, but... I seem to have misplaced my copy of Knitscene with the pattern in it. I already re-wrote and charted it in the round so I have the "pattern" but what I don't have is the gauge. I just knit a swatch and washed, blocked and measured it—about time, eh?—and have my gauge established, but I don't know what the target gauge is.

Can anyone tell me what the pattern's gauge recommendation is and also the biggest size and how many to cast on?


Horribly Embarrassed

Tearing along, sort of

I've finished the body, done in one piece, had help from my wonderful LYS and all of the KAL people here for the short-row shoulders and three needle bind off for the shoulders, thanks everyone for your tips and hints and help. Between here and Ravelry, it's been wonderful for a sweater virgin. I've now picked up and got about 6" on the hood, I want to be able to Kitchener graft it, but can't quite visualize how that's going to be, since I'm carrying the cables up the hood. I also cast on for the sleeves, doing both at once on one circular, have about 4" of the cuff ribbing done. This is exciting, I'm enjoying the process, the learning (see shoulders above, plus cabling without a cable needle, woo hoo!) and I'm really looking forward to having the sweater done to wear. More pictures on my blog, at: http://catmum.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

As promised - pics!

Ta da! I'm working on a sleeve now... ;o)

I hope to be done this weekend (I'm working on an HP cloak for my 5 yo and Wicked, too). I'm giddy, and this is awesome to knit!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Crisis averted!!

So I sat up late in the night and charted out the first RS row of the Hoodie pattern, from Right Front, through the Back, then the Left front...
cph charts


It matches up with my ribbing!

*does crazy happy party dancing*

I can now recommence The Knit!!!
Thanks so much for all the tips and support everyone :)

I love this cardigan!

Hi! I'm new to this KAL, but I'm oh-so-happy I found it. Of course, I had already started on the right front, when I read the notes about doing it all in one piece..ugh. However, since I plan on making more than one, I might just try that on the next one.

I'm making mine in the Malabrigo merino, in the Olive color - beeeutiful! But, of course, I want other colors, too. And after completing the back and left front, I eyed it and thought it looked kinda small (I'm making the third size). We'll see how blocking and the button bands will improve that, though.

This is also another sort of *celebriknit*, since it's my first time doing cables...yay!!! And they're coming out quite nicely, I dare say. I want to put cables on everything now...hehe. I'll be back with some progress pics, too!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

HellooooOh My Goodness!

Unfortunately, my new fellow Hoodie Knitster friends this, my first post, has not it turns out ended up being the "Hurrah! this is awesome! I'm about to start the cables!!" opening post I had in mind..

I've been stalking the CPH for some time now, lurking here on the KAL blog, pattern at ready, bought the yarn back in January all the way from Webs (I'm an Australian knitter, so that meant planning and SHIPPING!) - a gift from my lovely mum actually! Suffice to say I've been DESPERATELY waiting for the moment to cast on! Well the moment arrived, I finished a lot of other projects I needed to do and then this month I cast on my 194 stitches for the 44" hoodie - which is 4 stitches less than the pattern quoted amount seeing as I'm knitting the three pieces in one and have left off those seam stitches.

Well I knit away at a great rate of knots, LOVING the knitted fabric, the tweedy goodness and the feeling of knitting my first jumper (translation - 'sweater'). Yesterday I reached the end of the ribbing - which is 6 inches seeing as I'm doing the body a little longer than normal.
cph 6 ribs size
SUCH excitement! The anticipation of being able to get cracking on the real pattern part of the jumper! So close! Just around the corner! "Can't start now, too sleepy, I'll have to wait 'til tomorrow."

Just as well I did. I've come across a bit of an obstacle.

I know.. an OBSTACLE! This is NOT what we want, fellow Hoodie Knitsters! I suppose it is a learning experience in disguise as an obstacle.. but I still have that sinking feeling in my stomach.

See, I've gone to start with the Right Front part of the pattern, on the RS and have decided that I will omit one stitch from the K18 on each Front, and omit 1 stitch from each of the two K18 sections on the Back - that way taking care of the 4 seam stitches. Simple, right?

Well! LITTLE did I know!!

It seems I may have b_ggered up utterly! *grim look* I think I may have needed to set up my ribbing differently. Instead of doing K2P2 all the way along, I may have needed to go K1P2K2P2 and continue on with normal 2x2 ribbing - but start with ONE KNIT/PURL STITCH! Oh no!! Have I totally come undone, Hoodie Knitsters! Will I have to frog SIX INCHES of 194 stitch wide fabric?!?! *slightly hysterical eye twitch*
cph acres
Look at it!! How can I frog that?!

*calms down a little* alright.. I have a plan.. I'll calm down. Then I'll eat some chocolate. Then I'll get out the graph paper and a pencil. Eat more chocolate. Poor a glass of Gin'n'Tonic with lemon. Mark out the ribbing.. eat more chocolate...

Let's see it we can figure this puppy out!!

p.s. By the way I'm VERY excited to nbe part of the KAL and have thoroughly enjoyed following all your CPH's so far - thanks so much!

Monday, September 10, 2007


After months of preparation and steeling myself, I've cast on. I've read some of the modifications pages that people have kindly posted, I'm knitting the body in one piece. Along the way, I've taught myself cabling without a cable needle, and I'm using a knotted looped string for a row counter. Since I'm a sweater virgin, I'm pretty darn excited. I'm almost ready to start reading obsessively about the armhole rows. I appreciate any help and suggestions along the way.
I'm using Cascade 220 Smoke Heather, and doing the size 40. I'm going to make it a little longer too, I like a long sweater.

Cascade Ecological Wool?

I'm thinking of making yet another CPH, this time using Cascade Ecological Wool and would love to hear everyone's reactions... Is the yarn too heavy, too different in gauge, etc? I think I could knit the smaller size instructions and it would yield the proper size for me, but I'm not sure.

Thanks in advance for your opinions!


I know I haven´t been participating
here on the blog too much
but I´ve been so busy knitting
I didn´t have time ;)
Anyway, here´s my CPH finished
and I can say it´s already a favourite!!
I wear it as soon as I can.

And then I´ve used a cheap
acrylicyarn to knit it in....
So now I´ll try and find some
nicer yarn and I´ll knit one more!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

My CPH is done

I finished knitting the Central Park Hoodie last spring. Then it languished for months until I found buttons for it in August. So here it is, in all it's glory.


And the back.


I used Cascade 220 Heathers in Sea (colorway 4005), about 6 skeins. I'm really happy with it and I think I'll wear this quite a bit. I even got compliments on it at my knitting group this morning -- that feels so good!

Pattern Modifications: I did short rows and a three-needle bindoff on the shoulders, and I used kitchener stitch to seam the hood. Thank you all so much for your help with those suggestions. They worked out great and I learned a lot.

If I knit this again I'll do it all in one piece instead of two fronts and a back. That way I won't be off in my rows when stopping for the arm holes. Also, I'll make the arm holes smaller. They start a little low on me.

More details are on my blog.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Knitting Body In One Piece - Armhole Question

Hey all! I am about 11.5" into the 14" of knitting the body. Today I decided to look ahead and see what is up next when I get to the armholes. I noticed that for the Right Front directions it says to knit up to 14" ending working a Right Side Row. Now, for the Body and Left Front it says to knit up to 14" ending working a Wrong Side Row. How can this be? I thought maybe it was an error but found no correction. So my question is, how did anyone else handle this when they knitted the body in one piece? Any and all advice, guidance, would be much appreciated! Thanks!

New to this

Well I caved and joined the knitalong. I have been lurking and watching everyones beautiful CPH come out. I just couldn't join until I had the perfect yarn in the perfect color. I found it too. Cascade 200 colorway Ruby. I love love love the deepness of this red. I'm so excited to get started. So far I have decided to knit it all in one piece and I'm still thinking about the arms, if I want to do them in the round or not. I have swatched and decided that I like the fabric a little bit more firm than see through, which I feel that 17-18-or even 19 spi looks like to me. So I think that I'm going to cast on for the largest size and go down to about 5 spi. I hope that this make up for the small guage. Thoughts?

Monday, September 3, 2007

Hello, CPH KAL’ers. I’d like to introduce myself as the newest and 127th member. (If that's not right, here's hoping I do a better job counting my stitches!) In the shot above, I have some of my supplies assembled: Denise needles; Tahki Donegal Tweed in color 834, a Hobbit-worthy lichen green; and my thumbed copy of knitscene, which opens to page 70 every time. Look closely and you may be able to see the posted corrections pasted into place under “Left Front.” It’s not just my initials that are AR, folks! My goal is for this CPH to be worn this winter by my daughter on those long treks from dormitory to dining hall.

What I can’t show in the picture is the good advice and brilliant ideas you ALL have given me through this KAL and your blogs. You’ve gotten me this far, with needles ready to cast on for my first (human) sweater. So before even an inch of that wool is wrapped, I want to thank every one of you. To fellow blog-free Freda in particular, your post on the all-at-once approach to back and fronts is a gem.

With apologies for the verbification, I do feel the need to screed. I must give a few hyperlink shout-outs to some of the bloggers whose technique and creativity have gotten me to reinvent and reimagine my knitting, specifically as it will be employed in CPH production: the ladies of
Crossroad Knits, particularly Liz, who introduced me to the astounding nona, who really deserves her bragging rights; to Cara of January One – I always wondered how to get rid of the purlish bumps that show up on the first knit row – because one of her links showed the way and because she’s just amazing; and to TECHknitting; Wendy; and Sara. Your tips are tops. That said, I feel much better. And yes, I’ve got gauge! I’ll be back when I have more knitting and fewer words to share, promise.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Finished Hood and Picked Out Buttons

I've picked my buttons. My dear, sweet husband drove me into Vancouver so I could check out this shop called Button, Button. It was so exciting, almost as fun as a yarn shop, with all the beautiful buttons surrounding me. I had to pick quick, cause the kids were with us, but, I'm very pleased with my new buttons. And I am going to find a reason to go back soon without my darling children and browse to my heart's content.

Also, here's another picture of the hood. I ripped back and added a shortrow to get the cable on the very front to line up and then I redid the grafting and am now much happier with how it looks. I will be blocking this soon, so be on the lookout for a finished object shortly.