************* 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!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Hoodie

IMG_1177 I finished my Hoodie and im just loving it......IMG_1179

Thursday, October 30, 2008

CPH FO happy dance!

I finished my hoodie last night. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Especially given the egregious error I made a while back. My left armhole was 10 rows deeper than my right armhole, but I didn't discover that until after I had joined the shoulders and knit the entire hood. Yikes. I had to cut the knitting, rip down 10 rows, and graft it all back together. And it worked.

Here's the end product!



I started this on September 16, and finished on October 28. That's pretty quick for a sweater for me. I used Louet Riverstone Worsted, six skeins.

Mods: short row shoulders and three needle bindoff to join them, and I continued the cable up the hood. I also ran a line of slip stitch crochet along the back neck to keep the fabric from stretching out (hat tip to the Yarn Harlot for that one!).

More gory details on my blog: http://pdxknitterati.com/2008/10/29/central-park-hoodie/

I love this sweater!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

It's Done!

Finished last night -- and it's not even Christmas Eve yet -- WOW!

These are not the greatest pictures, but I don't have someone to model it for until Christmas Day!

I used 8+ 3 ounce skeins of Caron Simply Soft Tweed, put on buttons, and carried the cable all the way to the top of the hood

I'm considering knitting this one again for myself -- I love the look of it, and since I have 3+ skeins of the yarn left, I wouldn't have to buy much to make a second one -- we'll see

It's been a blast!

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Friend's CPH

Hello, all!

Cristi, aka Turtlegirl76, is a member of the Ravelry version of the CPH KAL but not this version. She just finished an amazing CPH and has kindly given me permission to share it with you. So head on over to Cristi's blog and take a look at her FO. Can you believe she did it in SIXTEEN DAYS?

Kind of motivates one to knit, doesn't it? :-)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Hello fellow knitters!

Hi! I'm brand new to the CPH knitalong, and I wanted to introduce myself and ask a few questions.

So, I've never knit a sweater before...or cables. I just bought a pair of circular knitting needles in a US size 6 and 29" in circumference, and a pair of US size 8 at 32," and also this gnarly looking U-shaped cable needle. The lady at my LYS was pretty pushy about how straight needles would not be as useful (and she only stocked ones that were 9" long), but I've never worked with circular needles before. Are these things acceptable for the pattern? I think I'm doing the 36" size since my bust is 34."

I'll be posting pictures once I get started. I was so enamored with the color from the pattern that I ordered 7 skeins of Tahki Donegal Tweed #803 online. :X I hope I'm not getting in over my head!

It's nice to be a part of this, and I hope I do alright. :) Viva la CPH!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Finished CPH #1, on to #2

I think this sweater pattern is addictive. I finished #1 yesterday but already have the back done on #2 (I started on it while I was waiting for my 60" cable for my options needle to arrive so I could knit the button band in one piece.)

Here's #1 completed I used Plymouth Encore Worsted weight (75% acrylic and 25% wool), used size 6 and 8 needles and knit size 40. I made the sweater longer, increased every 6 rows on the sleeves to give more room, did a three needle bind off for the hood, shortened the sleeves, and knitted a 1" button band with i-cord bind off. I plan to put a separating zipper in once I find or order (from zipperstop.com) one to match.

And here's my start on #2, which is knitted in Cascade 220 super wash.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Finally Finished!

After sitting in a WIP basket for 2 years, my CPH has finally jumped into my hands. I have finished it! If you want to see the other pics and specs, visit my blog.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Progress Report

Last night I finished the body of the sweater!

Here's a closer look at that cool cable up the back

I'm pretty sure I'm going to go ahead and take that cable up the hood too because I really like the way it looks

So now its on to the sleeves (I'm planning to knit them both at once so I don't have to worry about that whole "they don't match" issue)

How's every one else doing?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Zipper advice

I'm just finishing sleeve #2 and am thinking forward to whether I want buttons or a zipper. I'm thinking that buttons may create "gaps" when I button it up. How have folks finished the front bands when they put in a zipper...are they kniting the same way they would for buttons without the button band? I saw some reference to I-cord bind off, was this after the button band had been knitted. After all this work, I want to be sure I finish it so it looks as well as possible.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sleeve increases

Oh dear, I think I increased on the sleeves incorrectly - every 6th row instead of every 8th for the first few. Well, anyway, I have finished the front pieces and back. I have used the Tahki Donegal Tweed in a teal with orange and other color fleks. Here they are ->

Monday, July 7, 2008

Revised plans

I wrote recently about starting the CPH with Cascade Superwash for my daughter. Well, I've decided to knit one for myself first. I'm using Plymouth Encore because I found a beautiful green tweed at my local yarn store's 40% off sale. I'm on my second day of knitting and have two cable repeats done on the back. The photo I have here was from the first day of knitting. I'm excited to finally be started. I am knitting a size 40 and plan to make it one cable repeat longer than the original pattern.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Question about increases

Hi everyone! My sisters and I are currently having a CPH knitalong, and I'm working on the sleeves. This is only the second sweater I've attempted, and I'm kind of learning more about knitting as we go.

I did have a question, about the increase on sleeves. There seems to be about a kazillion ways to increase a stitch - and I wondered what everyone did for an increase, and what they found to work the best? So far, I've been doing a M1L (I saw the video on knittinghelp.com), and that seems to be working well.

I can't wait to finish this! I really love the pattern. It was overwhelming when we first printed it out, but once you get going it's really fun.

Friday, June 13, 2008

No Wool


I am looking to knit this in something that is not wool. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would also like this to be machine washable and dryable.



Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hi, I'm new and just getting started

I just got my yarn to start the CPH I am making for my daughter. After buying the yarn (Cascade 220 Superwash) I began reading more here and in the Flickr group posts and now I am concerned about my yarn selection. I am also struggling a bit with what size to knit. I get the sense from what I read that many people think the CPH as written knits up too short, that the arms are too narrow, and that you need to allow ease for the sweater (if you are a 37" size by measurement, you would make the 40" sweater). I'm sure I'll be looking to some of you for help as I get going. Here's a photo of my yarn. I love the color, but am worried if it is too thin for this project.

New yarn, for Central Park Hoodie-crafting 365, Day 222

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A brief introduction

Good morning fellow CPH knitters!

I've just joined you, and the picture is the sweater -- ok, I can see the sweater there anyway.

Every year for the past 7 years I have knit my daughter a sweater for Christmas. (A tradition begun when she went to college in a cold climate)

Last year I knit her the Arwen Cardigan in response to her request for something suitable to wear to the office (HR department in a school district) but that had the style feel of a hooded sweatshirt. I did a few design changes to that sweater (added a band of cable around the bottom to make it longer, knit the fronts and back all of a piece and added a zipper).

This year's selection will be the CPH!!

I'm using Caron's Simply Soft Tweed (my daughter can not wear wool), and I'm knitting in black (under a VERY good light, I might add!)

The box arrived last Thursday, and right now I'm about half way into the ribbing around the bottom -- fronts and back being knit all in one.

I'm looking forward to sharing my work, and seeing what all of you are doing!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Finally it's finished

I love this sweater and can't wait for Winter.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

finally finished

I was done knitting in January but procrastinated badly on the finishing. I keep saying I'll probably put in a zipper but who knows if I'll ever get around to it. I'm just glad I got the seaming and blocking done! Photo on my blog here. Older blog posts here and here.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

OK..... So I was Merrily Knitting Along on my CPH .. Back finished .. left Side Finished ??? and Started the Right Side Last night...
All the while I was doing the left side I kept noticing that the cables just were not right.. I checked and I was doing the correct Twist... ??
Then last night when I started the Right Side I saw that there were two purl stitches before and after the cables that I was not doing ??? Why I do not know BUT.... Of Course there are purl stitches.. Thats what makes the cables stand out.... Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
I am Glad that I finally saw the mistake because I am doing this the No Cable needle Way and I thought maybe thats why they looked different.. I love making the Cables without a third needle !!!

So Onward ( or should I say BACKWARD ) I go... I will "TINK" the left side and reknit it!!!!
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Sunday, May 25, 2008

A lost CPH....

Hello there,
My name is Carmen and I owned an unfinished CPH:

I bought this Rowan Yorkshire Tweed two yrs ago and started the journey of the Central Park Hoodie following every website that spoke about, until I found you....

So here I am with pictures of my Hoodie:

As you can see it's almost finish. I just need help sewing it together and I want to add a zipper. I trying to find a video (I'm a visual person) that could help me add the zipper. Better yet I think I'm going to a yarn store and see if someone could help me. If you know of anyone or any website that could help I will appreciate the info. Since I'm determine to finish it this year....

I love all the pictures that I have been looking at,they give me hope that I 'll be able to finish mine and model it for you ....

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A CPH for my dear daughter-in-law

This CPH was for my dear daughter-in-law's birthday.

I used some cream colored wool that I purchased at my fiber guild's stash sale. With such a small investment I decided to be daring and knit the sweater in the round, with steeks for the front opening and armholes. I finished the front edges with applied I-cord and used a zipper for the closure. The sleeves were picked up around the armholes and knit down to the wrists. I used Barbara Walker's book "From the Top" for that process.

Isn't she lovely? My daughter-in-law in the sweater! She lives far away, so the whole thing was a gamble. This was the first time I'd really tried cables too. All in all, a satisfying project.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


I am excited and proud to report successful and lovely completion of the Central Park Hoodie (with Viking Cable Substitution). Yea! I am thrilled with how it turned out!

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hi... I just wanted to introduce Myself.... I just joined your Blog and My name is Penny!!!
I started the CPH a while ago and its been sleeping on my needles for way too long...
I just recently woke it up so it can begin growing again...
It is actually a nicer sort of Heather Hunter Green.. Its a discontinued Woolease Color and its prettier that the photo... I will be making this for my 13 year old Grandaughter... Its so hard to find suitable patterns for the teens and I think she will love this sweater!!!
Its nice to be back in The Park!!!!

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Finally started!

I have finally started my CPH after skulking around the KAL forever. It's Cascade 220 Heathers #9406 celery. Had trouble hitting gauge, so ended up knitting on sz. 7 for the body and adjusting the stitch count. Knitting the back and fronts as one piece -- going pretty quickly.

Monday, May 12, 2008


This is what happens when I talk too much and too excitedly at knitting group!

cph blurry cable mistwist

Oh noes!

Nevermind, I've since dropped those stitches down and fixed the mistwist in the cable!

(excuse the dodgy blurry photo - it was evening and hard to take a nice one without flash)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

First sweater done!

My Central Park Hoodie (first one ever) is finished! I'm really happy with how it turned out, and its super warm, which is good as its just turning cold where I am.

I knitted size 36", which is a little loose fitting around my chest, but the sleeves are quite snug. Made some very slight modifications- grafted the top of the hood and added 2" to the length, which made it pointy (not what I wanted to achieve!). I knit the button band in one piece with a long circular needle, but I need to re-block the button band as I cast off a bit too tight.

The yarn I used was a 12 ply felted lambswool and got gauge with 4.5/5mm needles.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Trouble with the front panels

Hello there, hoodie-knitters! Please excuse my potentially naïve question. I have embarked on my first sweater with this pattern, and all was going well until the right front panel. I've reached the point where I should do the armhole and I am having some conceptual second-guessing with the decreasing and the cables. Will I be decreasing some of the cable stitches?

Monday, April 21, 2008

Clara Park Hoodie II

This will be the second update on my CPH. Last two weeks I finished the hood and the buttonband.

For the hood I decided to continue with the cable from the back. But after some time I realised that the cable will end in exactly that corner of the hood, that is not shown, if the hood lies on my shoulder. So I decided to modificate the hood a little, stop some time earlier for the stockinette region and continue just with the cable and in every new row I knitted together the last stitch from the cable with one stitch of the hood. (I sounds complicated in english ... I hope you understand what I mean).

It was quite hard to finish - especially the cross with the front-band cable was quite difficult. That is why it looks a little crumpled, but I think it's ok. (My first idea was to twist the "back cable" with the "front cable" But I had no clue, how to do this.)

After that I continued with the buttonband. I did it the same way Shameka described here. So I took 3 stitches for 4 rows and after all I had 316 stitches on my needle. It's surprising how long it can take to knit just one row, if this row has this many stitches. The buttonband is nearly 3 inch wide. The buttonholes are over 4 rows, which is perfect for my nice green buttons.

Last but not least I will give you an impression of my hoodie, although the sleeves are still missing:

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Clara Park Hoodie I

Hi everyone,

I just started blogging last week and knitting is my new obsession since octobre last year. The CPH is my first project that is bigger than a hat or socks. I call it Clara Park Hoodie, because I live in Leipzig - Germany and our biggest park is Clara-Zetkin-Park. (And I'm sorry for mistakes - I'm not a native speaker especially not in knitting language - but I do my best)

It took me some time to find a yarn in a nice colour and quality. The best I found was "Schachenmayer Trachtenwolle - loden meliert". It's kind of mottled dark green new wool. And I use Knit Pick Harmony Wood needles in 5mm (size 8).

I started 10 days ago and I'm very suprised how fast it grows. I already finished the back and the two fronts. And I could not resist and closed the parts to see how it fits. I knit the CPH size 40 (my bust in inch fits this size).
I think the back is ok. It's close-fitting (maybe too close?) but I decided to be satisfied. Fortunately its flexible and at the moment it does not stretch, if I wear it.
But for the front - I know there is still the band to knit, but it seems to be too small. I mean, if I stretch it, it can fits, but without any help it's wide open.

At the moment I decided to go on with the hood instead of the sleeves - as soon it is finished I can knit the front band. I want to include buttonholes and if I still have the feeling, that it is to small I will make a wider band.

You can also read about me and my Clara Park Hoodie in my german blog or look at some more photos.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Hoodie Sleevie!

I haven't posted in a long while but only because there's been no knitting on the hoodie front for a long while too! I'm afraid it was put into hibernation while I did some gift knitting - but now it's full steam ahead!

CPH sleeve
Previously I had knit a sleeve passed the elbow before realising it was simply too tight. In fact I was doing the increases incorrectly - only half as many as I should have done, Gah! So I haven't frogged that sleeve, but cast on anew for the first sleeve and am now almost up to the shoulder! A few more centimetres and I'll be able to start the sleeve cap - hurrah!! =D

CPH sleeve (1)
I'm super keen to keep cracking on with the Hoodie so I can have it ready for the cooler weather which is just peeking it's head around the corner now here in Oz, but not quite ready to grace us with its presence! I'm also eager as I've never done sleeve caps and set in sleevey goodness before - well, this is my first jumper so I suppose that's not surprising! So that will be fun to do in only a little bit more knitting time!!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Non Hoodie Finished!

I've finally finished my Hoodless version and I have to say I love it! It mets and exceeds all expectations! If you're interested in all the details you can see them on my blog, otherwise here's a pictures!

Happy Knitting!

Hoodless Central Park Hoodie 05

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I'm new - any yarn recommendations?

Hi all,
Just thought I'd post a snippet to say hello. I've been searching for a while for the perfect first-sweater pattern, and I think/hope I've found it! I haven't bought yarn yet, but I'm off to the shop this weekend then I'll cast on. Can anyone recommend a good type of yarn to use for this? I live in New Zealand so I can't get all the brands I hear mentioned (Knitpicks, Ellan, Cascade etc). I was thinking of a merino-silk blend , or possibly a merino-possum blend if I can afford it. Any ideas? (I'm assuming I need to use a worsted weight yarn...)

Friday, March 7, 2008

My Finished Central Park Hoodie

Yarn: Cascade 220 in Color 8013 (Walnut Heather), a little over 5 skeins
Needles: US #7 and #9 to obtain gauge
Modifications: Lengthened the body by half an inch

Cross-posted with additional photos on my blog here.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Nearly Done!!

Thanks to some a lot of waiting room knitting time I have the finish line in my sights!! I'm going to cast off while Omarosa tries to pull off a miracle!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

just starting out

Hi everyone. I just joined, and the CPH will be my first sweater. Everyone has advised me to knit my first with a pattern that doesn't require seaming, but I couldn't help but fall in love with this one.

I bough 9 skeins of Cascade 220 superwash for this project and am moving very slowly. I knit up a gauge swatch, but couldn't get the same gauge without it being very hole-ly looking. Then I realized that I should probably wash and block my swatch then measure my gauge. That is my next step.

I'm excited to cast on! To determine what size I needed, I took a hoodie that I love, laid it flat on the ground and measured the bust circumference. I plan on casting on for that measurement. I didn't know how many inches to add on to my actual body measurement for 'give' so I did it this way... Do you think this will be okay?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Stars in my eyes...

Warning: Knitting during the Oscars can be hazardous to your WIP.

Hi, folks. My CPH has been in production since September, but by Sunday night, I was confident that both sleeves would be done by the end of the 3-hour marathon that is the Oscars. Heh, heh, I thought to myself, by the time I know Best Picture, I'll have only the front ribbing to pick up and knit, the sleeves to seam in place, the final blocking, and, at last, Fin.

Not so fast. Triumphantly holding up the bound off sleeves around midnight, I knew who'd won each and every Oscar, who was currently "seeing" Ben Affleck, and why so many people have commented that CPH sleeves can be a bit snug. For 3 star-studded hours I had kept gauge, I had followed the pattern correctly, and I had knit two too-little sleeves. What had gone wrong? How had I ended up with a Razzie? (Two Razzies, actually.)

Well, I'd been so focused on the small screen that I never once compared what I was knitting with what I'd already knit. Now, thanks to Jenna Wilson's wonderfully detailed articles on sleeves in "Thinking Beyond the Pattern" on Knitty.com, I know that my sleeve caps don't match my armscyes. So after I hit "Publish Post," I'll be pulling out the stitches above the decrease rows and modifying the pattern to make the sleeve caps a little wider and a little longer to increase their overall perimeter. Be kind, rewind, as they say in the movie biz.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Viking Version Cables


I've started a CPH with a cable substitution. Here is the beginning of the back. Instructions are available on LisaKayKnits.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay


I am so not in love with this thing anymore. I had a decent enough time making the pieces, I just knew something was going to go wrong once I put it all together. I have no idea what I'm doing with the hood. I just don't see where I'm supposed to start picking things up from - from holder to neck to holder, and so on - how is that even possible? I started thinking that I start from the small number of stitches on a holder at the very edge of the front panels. But there are WAY more than 11 sts between that and the back panel holder. I have no idea how to approach this and turn it into something that doesn't look so sloppy. If anyone can give me a basic walkthrough, I'd be very grateful!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

~ My CPH ~

I just realized that I hadn't let you all know that I finally started my CPH. ;D Here is a pic of the left front. I've finished it and the back, now to get motivated to start the right front. LOL

Yarn ~ Cascade 220 Ruby

Dawn ;)
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