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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!

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.