CPH PATTERN AVAILABILITY
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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PATTERN AVAILABLE NOW!!! :-)
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, March 31, 2007
Yarn & Needles: about 6 skeins of Cascade 220 Heathers, US 7 for ribbing & US 9 for body
Sizing info: I knit the size M (36" bust) and measure 35" around, thus, it gives me about an inch of ease all around. I have seen some discussion that this sweater runs small, and I would say that this sweater fits comfortably but slimly. I especially like how this sweater fits in the shoulder and arm, because as a petite girl, it is important for garments to fit properly in the shoulder. If you are looking for something jacket-like, or have broad shoulders, size up.
Pattern Mods: I did my fancy ribbing so that it looks neat and even. No drunken ribbing here. I also did a three-needle bind off for the shoulders after using short rows to shape the shoulders. This was a revelation to me, with the tidiest shoulder seams I have ever done.
More pics and ramblings at the blog.
Here is the back (unblocked).
To all of the lovely people in the knitalong who helped me by answering questions, I am very grateful. Thanks so much. Now, happy knitting!!!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
The pattern says to do the ribbing, then work 1 RS row, then another row on the WS. Okay, I have that part down. Then it says to work in the pattern and increase 1 stitch each end of needle every 8th row 9 times.
So, this means that I increase the first and last stitch of each 8th row on the WS??? Meaning I must do purl increases? (All of my even-numbered rows are on the purl side, and it has been working for me thus far)
Has anyone else done it this way? I really think it will be easier to do a knit in the front and back on the RS. Am I just not reading the pattern right, or is my train of thought messed up again?
Any info on what type of increase used would be very helpful. M1 or K1F&B.....that is if the increase is worked on the knit side.
Please help once again!!! Thanks, and I promise to have some progress pictures soon.
Here's my version so far. I'm using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, which I have an ample supply of due to another sweater coming out way too big. I'd considered gifting the too-big sweater, but the yarn was pretty pricey for me, so I decided to frog and knit up something I'd love. I have been nervous about going the opposite direction with CPH--too small--especially after reading some posts, but I am going to just keep plugging along and see what happens. . . .
You'll notice the cables go the wrong way. I realized I was reading the chart left to right instead of right to left about halfway up the back, and after slapping myself in the forehead, I realized it looked fine, so I just went with it. I will make the sleeves match.
I decided to try short rows for the shoulders, inspired by a post here. I think I did them right. I am curious as to how the cable will work out when I join the front and back at the shoulder. Anybody have any trouble, advice?
I can tell already this will be a fast knit and the yarn is very pleasant to work with. The yarn is Berroco and I can't wait to see how well the cables pop!
Take care, until next time, Knit-On
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Noone would have noticed but me, but the cable was always going to annoy me, so I did the right thing.
I am contemplating various methods of enlarging the sleeves but haven't decided on one yet. I need to read the Knitty.com articles on sleeves in depth. But right now I think if I bind off two extra stitches for the arm holes and add two extra stitches to the sleeves themselves the shoulders will be a bit narrower (ok since my shoulders are narrow) and the sleeves will be 1/2 inch larger in diameter.
Does it seem like this would work?
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I am working on the 36" pattern, so I have 40 stitches casted on for each front piece. When I get to the armhole shaping I do the following:
Bind off 4 stitches (leaving 36 stitches).
Work the next row.
Bind off 2 stitches (leaving 34 stitches).
Work the next row.
K2 SSK for left front/and K2tog , K2 for right side (leaving 33 stitches)
Work 1 WS row
Now, the pattern says "Rep last 2 rows 1 more time (31 sts remain)"
So, if I do the whole K2 ssK for the left and k2tog k2 for the right, wouldn't I be left with 32 stitches, after I work the WS row?
What am I doing wrong???? I really wanted to finish the fronts tonight, but this is holding up progress. Has anyone else had this problem?
Monday, March 26, 2007
I got to wear it to the yarn harlot's book signing! it was warm and comfy and perfect for the weather that day.
Yarn: peace fleece worsted in sea moss (6 skeins)
Needles: 6 and 8s accordingly
mods: i grafted the top of the hood, and picked up all the stitches for the ribbing at one time. i also did short row shaping and three needle bind off at the shoulders.
my sleeves were a bit tight, as seems to be the trend, but overall i'm satisfied with the outcome. more pics on my blog :)
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Thanks for inviting me on board the CPH KAL. I look forward to sharing my journey with you and hopefully learn a lot from you all who have been there before.
I’ve swatched using Berroco Ultra Alpaca in hunter green.
I’ve gotten gauge by going up in needle size, but row gauge is still off. I'm thinking that I'll have to pay attention to the length during the project. Definitely knitting certain pieces together to keep them as symmetrical as possible. My only major decision at this point is to figure out which size to knit. I’m a perfect 40 inch bust and the pattern has a 40 in pattern, but does this mean that it will be fit and form fitting? Should I go up to the next size...which is 44 inches. I knit loose as it is, and from what I’ve read the pattern is on the smaller size. I wonder if this “smaller” talk has anything to do with peoples tension or actual gauge and pattern. I don’t want a form fitting hoodie, yet I also don’t want swim in the garment either. Oy...the torment.
Any advice you Hoodie experts can pass on would be much appreciated.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
It's been slow going for me, but that's because I've been obsessed with moebius bowls for the past week! Those are mostly done now, so focus is back on the CPH. I'm about 7" up the back.
I'm mucking with sizes so this is laid out on the back of a (humongous)
sweater that I wear a lot. I think it will fit though. I sized it up to 52" since I'm afraid the 48" size would be too small as so many people have said it runs small. I want it to fit but not make me self-conscious! I'm also using size 8 Addis even though I got gauge with size 7 bamboos... the bamboo was driving me nuts with this yarn! (Skye Tweed) I'll probably block the back when done just to make sure before plunging forward.
I also did the ribbing as suggested by the Crossroad Knits folks, and have ended up using combination knitting for the whole thing! I love how you can tell at a glance or feel which stitch to do. I used to do combination a long time ago so it's nice to go back. The ribbing does look nice and crisp! So, thanks for the tip!
Friday, March 23, 2007
Did most people do their buttonholes the way the pattern said?
Meanwhile I'm plugging along with my Beaverslide Fisherman Tweed. I'm past the second cable turn on the front-back-front. I had some trouble getting started, making stupid mistakes, knitting while exhausted from shoveling 5 inches of sleet from the driveway. I'm not sure I'm loving this yarn for this project. I will suspend judgement till I'm done, though.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I've just finished blocking out all the body pieces and will sew the shoulder seams and get the hood going tonight. I'm knitting mine in the Tahki Donegal Tweed and was concerned that the yarn might be scratchy. That was until I gave the pieces a bath in Eucalan yesterday and they've come out of their blocking as soft as butter.
The yarn also opens up a bit when it blocks, so keep that in mind--at least mine did. I can't wait to finish this sweater. BTW, isn't crazy how two different cameras pick up and record the color? The top pic is probably closest to the real color.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I'm planning on knitting this with yarn I bought in a little gift/tourist shop in Ireland. It was only labeled as "250 g", and I bought three hanks; however, two of them are the same color, while the third is a complimentary color. After doing some measuring and weighing, I've determined that each hank is approximately 470 yards (there is a possibility that it's more, but I wanted to be conservative).
To use this yarn for this project, I would like to knit some or all of the cables in the complimentary color, so here's my current dilemma: how do I figure out how much yardage the cables use up? I don't want to do too many of the cables and not have enough of the CC, but I also don't want to do too few and end up running out of my main color before the cardigan is finished.
Does anyone have any advice concerning these calculations? I'm rarin' to go on this sweater, but I want to minimize frogging.
One additional question (or more like a poll): when knitting with really wooly wool, what type of needles do you all use (bamboo, metal, plastic, etc.)?
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
i finally figured out how to join this blog. now i don't have to pester jeanne with questions. sorry jeanne.
i have a question for you all. i'm about to get started on my sweater and i've seen a lot of conversation and debate about the sizing of the cph. everyone says it runs small and to go up a size. i basically wear a medium size and would probably initally go for the 36 in size even though my actual bust size is a bit bigger. so i'm wondering, is going up to the 40 in size enough? or should i try for the 44? i want to reduce frogging time as much as possible.
thanks in advance for the advice. i look forward to working this up.
Monday, March 19, 2007
So, I read the chart backwards and my center cables twist the opposite way than they should. I just recently cast on the sleeves and I have done one cable twist-- like the wrong cables on the back.
So my question is: Should I make the sleeve cables the correct way or to match the back of my sweater?
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
I can't remember whose post it was, but I thought someone said they had added an extra row because they were kitchenering the hood ... is there a reason to do this? I feel like once you lost a stitch for a seam, you'd be in the same place binding off and seaming as kitchenering. But maybe I'm not figuring it right.
Right now I am thinking of leaving the hood stitches live on a holder, doing the button band in two pieces as called for in the pattern, then kitchenering the hood except for a short seam at the top of the button band. Please let me know if you think that isn't a good idea!
I'm just finishing the second sleeve and ready to move on to the button band (progress picture here) ... I'm excited!
I have settled on Malabrigo Worsted in Lettuce. I love this yarn! It is softer than those commonly used for the CPH but it shows cables beautifully and is so yummy to wear.
I will start to swatch on an 8 while I await the pattern in the mail......I cant wait but it will give me some time to move along on some other UFOs.
I look forward to visiting the KAL and watching everyones progress.
Here is my beautiful Malabrigo.
I finished swatching for CPH yesterday. I'm using Beaverslide Fisherman Tweed in color Sweetgrass.
I've knit the swatch on US #8 and am getting pretty close to the recommended gauge.
The yarn is much greener than in the image, but the texture and tweedieness is pretty accurate. It is a rustic yarn, very soft and has an almost felted look/feel to it.
I am planning on knitting the 2 front pieces and the back together as one piece. I also want to try short row shaping on the shoulders. I like the idea of continuing the cable up the hood as one recent picture here showed.
I'd like to kitchener the hood like Cara did on hers.
I was wondering if there is a reason the pattern has the button band knit in two pieces. Couldn't it be knit up one side, across the hood and down the other side as one piece?
Have you noticed I'm trying to avoid seaming?
Friday, March 16, 2007
Knitting both of them at once seems to take forever, but I know I will be thrilled to have them both done at once. Also, since most everyone has said they tend to run long, I am knitting them in the smallest length because I'm not a huge fan a really long sleeves. Then it is on to the hood. I was so glad to see the post by Liz T. about the cable going up the hood. Inspired and so lovely. I plan on doing the same.
Question for those of you who have finished: Block before you do the hood?
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
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The yarn really isn't that chunky, and it is color number 129 in case you are interested. You can follow more of my hoodie progress on my blog.
(Actually it's been finished for about two weeks, but my husband was unavailable for a photo shoot until this weekend.)
I used Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran in color 141, "Blossom," 85% merino, 10% silk, 5% cashmere. The yarn was admittedly a little pricey, but it was a birthday gift from my mother - and if you can finagle it as a gift, or find a good deal on eBay, or you just want to go ahead and splurge, then I HIGHLY recommend this yarn. Especially after you put a half cup of vinegar in the water when you block.
I love it so much. It was a quick and pretty easy knit, and the finished product is very stylish and versatile. I just wish it wasn't so darn warm so darn early in the year here in North Florida!
(More on this sweater - including more pictures - on my blog, http://yarnchronicles.blogspot.com.)
Sunday, March 11, 2007
The last time I was here I had posted about the problems I was haveing with my hoodie and not having enough yarn to knit it. The sales rep for that sold Tahki yarn to my local yarn store even searched high and low for more of my colorway but no luck. So I finally decided that I would use that yarn for a short sleeve sweater in the future and buy totally new yarn to knit the CPH. I decided to use the same type of yarn (Tahki New Tweed) The color is gorgeous brown with pink, cream, maroon, black flecks in it. So here is the start of a swatch I did today because of course I forgot what size needle I was using (I have since started the sweater):
I am so excited to get back to knitting this sweater. Yay me!!!
Saturday, March 10, 2007
I love this sweater, and I’ve been wearing it non-stop since I finished it on Tuesday. It was a very easy and quick knit, and I’m happy with the end result. I agree with other bloggers who have said this would be a great first sweater. Or a great sweater that you’ll actually wear.
Here are some details:
Pattern: Central Park Hoodie from Fall 2006 Knit Scene
Yarn: Tahki Donegal Tweed in wine, green and red (color 874)
Gauge: 17 st over 4 inches Needles: 8s and 6s. My new Knit Picks Options needle set came in handy for the buttonhole band.
Knit Flix (or movies watched during the making of this sweater): 49 Up, Ali Zaura: Prince of the Streets, Eron: the Smartest Guys in the Room; Flags of Our Fathers; The Devil and Daniel Johnston; Water and Quinceanera (my fav and, yes, I watch too much TV)
Photos courtesy of my kids who really just wanted to get to school!
From Mo at Crossroad Knits
The swatch on the left is Classic Elite Skye Tweed (which I chose having never felt it before in my life off yarn.com for cheap) and the right is Rowan Summer Tweed. I was really worried about how scratchy the Skye Tweed turned out to be, so I picked up some Summer Tweed on a whim at my LYS the other day. I am really just learning about different yarns and their characteristics, so I was astonished to see how differently they knitted up. I think I truly know the meaning of "stitch definition" now! I think the Summer Tweed is beautiful in stockinette, but my CPH definitely deserves the Skye Tweed :)
I wore the wool swatch on my arm for a little while and it felt pretty soft without bothering me much, so since I have a boatload of it, I'm going for it! I have thought about swatching some more since this little experiment went so well, but... I can't wait :) More info and pics at my blog, of course!
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Great to be joining you here! This hoodie pattern has been on my to-do list since it came out last fall, and I finally cast on for it last weekend. I'm using Black Water Abbey Two-Ply Worsted in Pippin and US 7 Addi 24" circs.
I'm enjoying this knit - you can read more about it on my blog - even though I'm having twinges of doubt about how small it's knitting up. (I've followed what a lot of you recommended, and am knitting a larger size, but even so I already know I'll be blocking the heck out of it to make it fit.) I'm trying not to fret too much, though, as I'm 9" up the back and have to keep knitting!
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
After a tumultuous couple of weeks I decided I deserved something really nice, and it was time to make a cozy, comfy, lovely sweater just for me. The Central Park Hoodie fits the bill perfectly! I've only made one sweater before and it was hugely disastrous (literally.. HUGE). So I'm a little wary but still very excited. I've made a few baby sweaters so feel a bit more primed this time.
Unfortunately the yarn I ordered is just too scratchy (Skye Tweed). I'm one of those "allergic to wool" people, but really, I am, skin test and everything! I grew up being told I could never wear wool, so I'm slowly being brave, thinking outside the box, and learning what does work and what doesn't. I want this sweater to be ultimately wearable throughout the year, and I really love wearing sweaters over tank tops and t-shirts so it needs to be not-scratchy wool. I can only wear those over turtlenecks usually :) Mohair makes my nose go nuts and alpaca feels soft at first but slowly builds up an itchy fire that is none too pleasant!
So.. any yarn suggestions out there? I am going to the LYS this weekend to pick up some single skeins to swatch because I do want the cables to pop, and there are some nice wool blends out there now, aren't there? Wool Bam Boo sounds nice but dunno if that would gauge correctly. I need to make this baby slightly bigger than the directions call for so a larger gauge wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to making this beauty and will hopefully post some swatch pictures next week!
Sunday, March 4, 2007
I am happy to report that I finished my Central Park Hoodie! I finished up last Sunday – much of Saturday was devoted to seaming, and on Sunday I found and sewed on my buttons.
Yarn: 8 skeins of Tahki Donegal Tweed in Deep Purple/845 bought from The Village Sheep. I used a full 7 skeins of yarn and probably 20 yards of the next skein (each skein approx 183 yds).
Slightly more info can be found on my blog.
I'm feeling slightly guilty. I only made it three months without purchasing yarn. Why did you guys tempt me?
I am using Fingerlakes Woolen Mill "Soft Wool" in Bluebell color. I am right on gauge with #8 bamboos. I have completed the back ribbing and done 1-1/2 repeats so far.
I have read a couple of posts about sizing being on the small side. But my gauge is correct, and the numbers are working out so far.
I don't have a blog, but hopefully can post a picture when I am further along.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
This week, Liz talked about some combined knitting tricks to make your ribbing on the bottom of CPH look neat and sag-less. Mo is just about finished with her sleeves and finally just discovered the joy of liberal use of stitch markers.
We're looking forward to participating and seeing everyone's progress.
Friday, March 2, 2007
Bad news y’all. My Central Park Hoodie is sitting in the corner on time out. There are a number of issues, the 1st being:
- that I think I need to to frog it and knit is a size larger. I heard that it tends to run small. I want it to fit. So it has to be frogged.
- and then,Yarn issues. I thought I had the yarn issue all solved but no.
I went to pick up my order today from Knit away during my lunch break, but the yarn was the wrong color. The wrong color, can you believe that. Apparently Tahki discontinued the yarn I am using and have a new line with the same name. The only difference is they took the cotton out of the tweed yarn and have a new label, and stupid idiots that they are, when they named the new colors they used the same numbers they used with the old line but different colors. How stupid is that! On top of that the yarn store owner called up the customer service of Tahki yarns to see what could be done to fix this problem for me. I guess she had problems with them in the past and knew how they were gonna act because she put them on speaker phone so I could hear how the conversation went and y’all they were so rude, it was not right. Apparently there have been a lot of complaints about Tahki yarns and their customer service. I even spoke to the sale rep for Knit a way and she was saying the same thing. So the sales rep is gonna try to track down some of the old yarn or find a match with the new yarn. It is either that or buy more yarn in a new color to knit the Central Park Hoodie.
I am leaning towards just buying more yarn in a new color. I don't know we will see.
So I say all that to say my CP Hoodie is on hiatus and I am going to knit something else. Boo hoo!
I’m off to knit...
I am looking forward to knitting this sweater with all of you! I love this pattern and can't wait to get started! I think I'm going to use the Tahki Donegal Tweed in the color 815, which is a Navy Blue with light blue tweeded in. I have one skein of that on hand, and plan to swatch it and make sure I like the color before I purchase the yarn for the sweater.
One question, since so many of you are well into your sweater knitting: has anyone used circular needles to knit the whole body at once? If so, how has that been working for you? I REALLY hate sewing seams, so I'm considering knitting the body in one piece.
Thanks for all your beautiful pictures, and I'm looking forward to sharing everyone's progress.
Sierra in Colorado