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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!

Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas Cardi

Cast On December 11
Finished Knitting December 23

Yarn: Paton's Classic Merino Wool, 6 balls, Burgundy
Needles: US 5 & 7
Size: 44

Modifications: Body knit in one piece, center cable on back changed to 4x4 to account for mismatch in ribbing (see detailed blog post for more info), sleeves knit in the round, shoulders bound by 3-needle bind off, cable carried up and over the top of the hood, edging cables grafted at top of hood, edging knit continuously, closed by zipper :D

Full details and lots more photos are on my Finished Objects Blog - definitely a fun knit!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Blocking question

I am still in the process of knitting my CPH. I knit the back in a size 36 according to the pattern and I felt comfortable with how it looked, sizewise. However, as I worked on the right front, I worried that it looked too narrow and added a few stitches to both the center and side seam. Now it looks better. But now I'm worried about the back. Would it be ok to block the back before I do the seaming and the front band? If I did that, I think I could see more clearly if it fit.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

I finished ages ago...

...But neglected to get pictures until very, very recently. I actually finished the knitting last spring/summer when it was impossible to wear, so didn't bother putting in a zipper until this fall.

Lately though I've been wearing this almost every day! I love it. Here are the specifics:

Size: 52" -- I made my own modifications based on other sizes, although it's great to see larger sizes available through Knitting Daily! There's a thread for my mods on Ravelry.
Yarn: Classic Elite Skye Tweed -- I want to say the color is "Grampian Purple"
Modifications: Besides size, I also did a zipper (obviously), short row shoulders (thanks to this KAL!), and made sure the sleeves were ample enough :)

I do wish I had made it a smidgen longer, but I hope it'll get longer when my baby bump gets smaller :)

Thanks for all the great advice and inspiration on this KAL!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Here we go a cable-ing...

I'm finished with the entire body and the hood...incidentally I've become a pro at dropping stitches to re-knit cables - due mostly in part to my fiddling with the pattern...I've been officially on Sleeve Island for 2 days now hoping to have this sweater done for xmas :D

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


With the cool/cold weather I've found myself obsessed with knit coats - I had been resisting the dire urge to cast on some phenomenal amount of stitches to try to knit a knee length coat when the note from knitting daily appeared in my inbox. I was smitten. So smitten that I immediately purchased the pattern, detoured on the way home to 2 different shops to buy yarn (the first didn't have enough balls of the right dyelot to get the hoodie done) and cast on immediately.

I opted for the knit the body all in one piece option and was originally planning on making it "seamless" by grafting every possible stitch...after initial battles with the pattern (I failed to subtract the seam stitches, and for some reason I thought the Right Front and Left Front started with K2 vs P2 on the RS...no, I didn't rip it out - I made modifications :) ) In less than a week I've knit the entire body and the hood. Apparently I'm obsessed. I've been staying up til 2am knitting away (and sometimes tinking back several inches (only on one occasion) and doing things like unraveling cables and picking them all back up again (I've become amazingly proficient LOL) I wound up doing the 3 needle bindoff on the shoulders because grafting the cable was giving me a twitch...I'm proud to say I've figured out how to graft cables/ribbing for the hood though...I'm hoping to have this hoodie done for Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2007

New to KAL introduces

Hi everyone! My name is Nessa and I joined the CPH KAL last week. Couple of days ago I started my first Central park hoodie and last night I finished the back piece. I love knitting it but I can't wait to finish the whole hoodie. :D My little sister also fell in love with it, but since she can't knit, I'm probably going to have to make her one, but I think that won't be a problem! :D
You can find me from Ravelry by the name kirsikka.
Here's a pic of the back piece. The yarn is Novita's 7 veljestä (a Finnish yarn, if anyone's wondering), color green, needles 5 mm/80 cm Inox bamboo.