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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, January 14, 2008

Large Sizes Use How Much Yarn?

Hi all. I'm Jonna and I'm just now joining the CPH KAL. I have two questions relating to knitting the large size hoodie.
First, for the 52" size, the yarn requirements are almost 3,000 yards and this seems like a really large amount. On Knitting Daily, as an answer to someone in the comment section (which day?), Lisa Shroyer said, basically, you need that much yarn to cover us 'big' folks. But on other cardigans I've looked at in the larger sizes, the amount is closer to 2,000 yards. I could even see adding another 500 for the hood but.... so has anyone done these larger sizes and did you actually use the yardage the pattern suggests.
My second question is about the sleeves. I noticed a difference between sleeve shapes in the schematic and I was thinking about doing a 52" bottom but a 48" top. There seems to be more of a slope on the larger size and the difference in inches spanned along the top is double!
Anyway, I really appreciate any help anyone can give me before I start. But I'm so excited to get going that I may just buy the large amount of yarn and work out the sleeves later.


Lara said...

I knit the 48inch size, with a pretty long length, roll up sleeves, a full hood and wide button bands with less than 1600 yards, at about 14 stitches/inch. I think it came out about 52ish inches.

3000 yards seems crazy to me too.

Carrie said...

I made a 52" size based on the original pattern (so not the newly available one). I used less than 2000 yards.

Someone asked a similar question on Ravelry though, and the answer came back that the newly released pattern has some tweaking that takes more yarn. For example, it's longer (and boy do I wish mine were longer), the button band is wider, and I think there was something else but I can't remember exactly.

No idea on the sleeves though.. I just followed the original instructions plus a few stitches.

Sometimes Unwilling Guru said...

I made mine in a 44 and bought the 1600m but had nearly 400m left over!Want to do it again though,it such a comfy stylish pattern!

Jonna said...

Thanks to all 3 of you. I finally bought close to 3,000 yards of Knit Picks YOA. I'm expecting it to come any day now. I just decided it was better to have too much than too little. And I could always use leftovers for clogs since it'll felt.. or something.