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!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Wow!!! What a neat seam for my first try. This is why it is very important to bind off loosely.
Now it is starting to actually look like a sweater.
Progress on the hood, about 4 inches.
I added the cable to the center of the hood. It looks better this way. Only 7 more inches to go!! Woohoo! You think maybe I can finish this before the week is done?
Although there were many distractions while knitting this sweater, I am all excited all over again, and I am still in love with the color.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Knit, knit, knit and we have a hood. I carried the cable up the hood, because it would drive me crazy just ending it at the neck. Knitting can really bring out the grouchy perfectionist inside. Or maybe I knit so I can let her hang free and not drive my family crazy with trying to keep all their ducks in a row.
Here's the top of the hood. I grafted the two sides together, but I'm not satisfied with how it looks. The cable on the hood where the two edges meet is very sloppy. I'm not sure if doing the three-needle bindoff as the pattern suggests would look better or if I just need to fiddle with things until I'm happy. Any ideas?
I want to figure this out, and get the edging started, I could have this finished for September if I keep plugging away.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I stumbled across this KAL yesterday and think it was a sign that it's time for me to pick up my Central Park Hoodie again! I worked on it last fall until Christmas knitting waylaid me and then again until it got too hot to consider knitting a long-sleeved cardigan in California. I edited the picture from knitscene to keep track of progress on my own blog, and have included it here. All I really have left is one sleeve, then the seaming and picking up stitches for the hood and button band (which I plan to make without buttons and holes). Seeing all the finished CPHs posted is making me anxious for mine (knit in pink-flecked brown tweed from Tahki Stacey Charles), so the KAL may be the motivation that gets me to wear this sweater THIS fall. Unfortunately, I have found all you lovely ladies too late in the game to take advantage of all the good advice on how to knit the body in one piece and short-row the shoulders. When I started this project last year I was not brave enough to try and figure it out on my own ... but now I am and might be a little cranky when it comes time to seam all the pieces I finished a year ago :)
Saturday, August 18, 2007
After reading Lauren's post about knitting this body of the sweater in one piece, I thought this was an excellent idea - I also hate seaming.
I have made a few adjustments, eliminating a stitch at each edge for selvage, then adding an extra set of cables – which will be under the arms (where the seam should be).
I am knitting the hoodie in Medium size (40"), so I adjusted the pattern, so I have 10 stitches inbetween each set of cables.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I used ONline Cora. Mods: Short-row shoulder shaping and 3-needle bind off. More details on my blog!
Thanks for hosting this KAL, I've enjoyed knitting the hoodie as well as reading the suggestions and comments!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The Central Park Hoodie is seeing lots of consistent knitting. I can't wait to finish. I finished the fronts up last week, and have started the sleeves. I am not actually going to knit both sleeves at once, but I wanted to get the ribbing out of the way. This wool is not very pleasant to rib on 4mm needles. Much more comfortable to work on the larger needles.
And I am blocking the fronts and back right now. The yarn softened and bloomed just wonderfully. I was a bit worried the hoodie was going to be to snug, but now I think it will be just fine.
I really want to finish both sleeves by Sunday, and then I'll just have the hood and edging to go. It might even be finished by the end of the month.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
And yes, I know I am no good at taking pictures but I do try.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heather in Lavender #2422, 7 1/2 skeins
Modifications: My gauge was a bit smaller than the pattern's so I knit a size 44" bust but it's closer to 40". I knit the body in one piece and the sleeves in one piece so I wouldn't have to seam them. Excellent! I also made the ribbing on the cuffs only 3" instead of 5" because it just seemed like too long of a cuff. The buttons are iridescent shell buttons and I would have preferred wooden ones but I just didn't find any that struck me. This hoodie is probably going to need a strip of ribbon behind the button holes to stabilize it but I haven't gotten that far and I might never. All in all, a lovely knit that went fairly quickly. This is my first finished adult sweater and I am rather pleased with it. :)
Now I'm ready to go to on my trip to Alaska!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Yarn: Black Water Abbey 2-ply worsted weight in Pippin - 7 skeins
Needles: US 7 and 8 Addi 24" circs
Mods: Knit the band as one piece, omitted buttons
Cast on: March 2007 Finished: August 2007
Except for my yarn choice, this project was a great knit. Unfortunately, the BWA two-ply is very tightly spun, and very rustic, and the two things combined 1) really hurt my hands and 2) made my cable tension wonky, resulting in unseemly looseness. (I tried wrapping stitches and Ktbls to tighten things up, to no avail.) But I love the pattern, and if I ever made another one would use a more forgiving yarn.
Thanks for hosting this great KAL. Through it I've made new friends and learned some new knitting tricks, too. Happy knitting, everyone!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
I short rowed my shoulders for the very first time after hearing about it here, wow, I really like how they turned out.
I am hoping to get both fronts finished this week, will have to see how fast I knit.
My yarn is Briggs and Little Heritage. It's very sturdy. I mean I can just pull the needle out of the cables and rearrange the stitches and slip them back on in the right order and the yarn doesn't slip at all. Definitely outerwear this yarn, but my swatch did soften up after washing so it won't be to stiff to wear comfortably.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Anyhow, I am so happy to be here, knitting this fabulous pattern! Pictures soon!
Thursday, August 2, 2007
1. I knit the body in one piece and I have the hood and button bands done, too. Should I block the sweater and sleeves before or after I put them together?
2. Any recommendations on how to seam the sleeves to the body and make it look great? I'm terrible at seaming and I could use any help you've got.
Thank you! :)
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Start Date: May 2, 2007
End Date: July 29, 2007
4 skeins of Araucania Nature Wool in teal
Mods: I knit the button band in one piece and hated it. The natural variegation of the yarn flipped from being horizontal to vertical on the ribbing for button band and it broke the sweater up and made a very flattering piece very unflattering. So I ripped out the button band (ripping 312 bound off stitches IS NOT FUN). Re-Knit the ribbing on the hood and then knit 2 pieces 10 stitches (7 in stockinette, 3 in garter to stop it from rolling). I also knit a one row button hole vs. the 2 row that was called for in the pattern.