Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Central Park Hoodie No. Eleventy-Billion-and-One

Central Park Hoodie from Knitscene Fall 2006
So everyone and their brother has knit this sweater from Knitscene Fall 2006, and for good reason. it's easy to knit, it's a popular style, it looks like "something you bought at a store" (which is what one of my coworkers told me yesterday).
Central Park Hoodie from Knitscene Fall 2006
My CPH was knit with 5 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca on #8 denise circs and knitpicks options. I knit the 32" size. Started October 5, 2008 - Finished March 1, 2009.
Central Park Hoodie from Knitscene Fall 2006
I knit both fronts at the same time, did not use a cable needle, and shaped the shoulders with short-rows, utilizing the 3-needle bind-off to join the shoulder seams.

i also carried the center cable up the hood for 11" and joined with a 3-needle bind-off.

i sewed the side seams then picked up stitches and knit the sleeves in the round using Barbara Walker's short-row set-in sleeve method from Knitting from the Top. on the second sleeve, i forgot to flip the cable pattern, so one of the sleeve cables is upside down. i also dramatically shortened the sleeves since i have stumpy arms.

i picked up the stitches for the buttonband all at once on a 60" cable and knit 14 rows of 2x2 ribbing. i used 6 wood toggles that i bought from etsy for closures.
Central Park Hoodie from Knitscene Fall 2006

Ultra Alpaca is a tad itchy and it's quite heavy, so i don't know that it's optimal for a large sweater project or anything worn without a layer underneath. overall i did like the yarn and i'd use it again--the subtle color variation is gorgeous and it has nice stitch definition.

This is my new favorite sweater. it's exactly the style of clothing that i wear most frequently, and it's very warm. if i were to change anything, it would be to make the hood a bit less KKK, but i never wear the hood up even though i love hoodies, so it doesn't matter much. i would have also added pockets, but i was worried about running out of yarn. i actually ended up with about half a skein left, but i'll probably save the pockets for the next hoodie.

if i could get away with wearing this sweater everyday, i probably would.

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10 comments:

  1. That turned out fantastic! Love that color too...and coincidentally, I have exactly 5 skeins of Ultra Alpaca that I've been trying to decide what I want to use it for :p

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  2. oooo, that is the loveliest CPH I've seen - I love the colour! I wanted to add pockets to mine as well - I wish I did.

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  3. Love your CPH! You aren't the last person on the planet to knit it. It's been in my queue forever.

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  4. The toggle buttons were a great choice.

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  5. That turned out great! Gorgeous color, looks fab on you, thumbs up all around!

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  6. I LOVE that color! It looks great! And you can totally get away with wearing it everyday. It totally works as a jacket. =)

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  7. hello... loving that jumper... that really is gorgeous! The toggles are perfect with it.

    am quite amused by the idea of the KKK wearing CPHs. I don't think they'd look half as threatening in handknitwear...

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  8. It may be #eleventy billion, but I think it is the prettiest CPH I've seen!! Your modifications are wonderful - love that cable going up the hood - beautiful yarn - lovely cables all around - and perfect toggles...GREAT job!

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  9. Wow your CPH looks amazing on you! I love the color! I've been tempted to knit one but I don't do well with sweaters but yours has inspired me to look in that direction! Fantastic!

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