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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!

Sunday, October 21, 2007


I finally finished my hoodie, and I love it! I started in February, after taking apart a failed "Tubey," and cast on with my yummy Debbie Bliss Cashmerino.

There are a few more pictures on Ravelry--I'm courtneyq.

I finally finished and was delighted to find it fits. It's snug, but fits. When I knit the fronts, they seemed more like suspenders than sweater sections, and I was terrified that I was knitting yet another sweater that wouldn't fit, but I took a friend's advice and blocked the front pieces before picking up stitches for the button band, so I could see if I needed to make a *really* wide button band. It turned out I didn't need to.

I did the short-row shaping for the shoulders--I think I did it right--and I like the effect. I didn't carry the cable up the back of the hood because I wasn't sure what to do with it. I did a few quick searches to see how others handled it, but didn't find anything right away. I like how it turned out.

If I were to do this again, and I very well might, I would try it in the round for ease, so that the ribbing comes out the same length (oops), and to avoid a seam on the sides, though they aren't that bad. I think having it in parts made it easier for me to set the sleeves in, a task that made me nervous. I might also do some minimal waist shaping (or, really, add room for my hips, perhaps by somehow loosening the rib a bit).

I mistakenly flipped the order of cables on the back, so flipped them on the sleeves as well. I kept making cables too small, so did a good amount of frogging, but it's a joy to knit, so not as miserable a frustration as I'd expect.

I have a feeling I'll be wearing this sweater *all the time.*

Thanks to everyone for sharing your solutions and advice and beautiful knitting as inspiration!


Jill said...

Great sweater! Thanks for the tip on blocking before the button band!

Mary Beth said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I will take the blocking advice, too.

setters said...

Wow - looks good!

How much yarn did you use as I'm thinking of making this with the DB cashmerino?

melly~ said...

Love it in RED!
It's funny how I saw the pattern referenced in Knitting Daily and now I'm seeing it EVERYWHERE!
Daughter loves the pattern. This one is absolutely next for me!