Heather Lodinsky's original CPH
Lisa Shroyer told me that she was knitting a Big Girl version of the
Central Park Hoodie, I couldn't wait to see her Finished Object (known
in blogdom as a "FO"). When I found out she was actually adding three
new sizes to the original CPH pattern and she was willing to come chat
about the process with us on Knitting Daily, I was truly delighted.
Since the original pattern is out-of-print, I'm happy to announce that you can purchase the expanded, revised version of the Central Park Hoodie pattern in our brand-new Knitting Daily Pattern Store! (More about The Store below.)
Now, without further ado (I've always wanted to say that!), I'd like to present to you this week's guest poster, Lisa Shroyer, with her Big Girl enhancements to the Central Park Hoodie.
More of a Great Thing: The CPH+
The Central Park Hoodie (fondly referred to as the CPH) by Heather Lodinsky first appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of Knitscene.
A bit of rustic-comfort-sporty-timeless knitwear that simultaneously
says knitterly and ready to wear, this project has been hugely popular
among our readers. As the Fall 2006 back issue has sold out from
Interweave, and interest in the CPH is still strong, we decided it was
time (only a year later!) to resurrect the CPH for a fresh audience.
And, in true Knitting Daily style, (there's no better way to
talk about a project), I decided to knit a CPH up for myself and walk
everyone through the process. Only one problem: the original pattern
offered five sizes: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)" bust. I need a 50" sweater,
and for a loose cardigan that I can wear over a layer or two, 52" is
really ideal. So, I sat down with the pattern and my calculator, and
reworked the directions for a size 52", and while I was doing the math,
I added two more plus sizes, a 56" and a 60". So now we have a pattern
that ranges from a 32" bust on up to a 60", in 4-inch increments. And
hopefully that means that you can find a size that works for you!
Lisa's CPH being blocked
what is it about the CPH that makes it so appealing? Carrie Coker of
Athens, Georgia made the CPH as a gift for her sister and she says,
"The pattern is fun to knit because it’s so simple and straightforward,
and the result is an absolutely classic sweater." Heather Lodinsky,
designer of the beloved hoodie, came up with the idea for the project
when Knitscene approached her and asked her to design an easy cabled
project to accompany an article on cables. She says, "I thought of a
design featuring both right-twist and left-twist rope cables that would
be great for a new cable knitter, but interesting enough for someone
who has also done cables before. I only had about a week to design and
make it, but found it very fun and fast!". You may know Heather from
past issues of Interweave Knits, her work with Tahki/Stacy
Charles and Lion Brand (for whom she designed the knitted version of
the "Coming Home" Martha Stewart poncho).
I admit that when I started knitting this project, I wasn't looking
forward to the knitting (mostly stockinette with the occasional cable
cross), but I knew I would wear the FO a lot. But the knitting was a
wonderful distraction from some more complex projects I had going on,
and working with Tahki Donegal Tweed was very very nice.
For pics of knitters around the country who have made the CPH, check out the Winter 2007/Spring 2008 issue of Knitscene,
on stands starting December 25. And for more pics of my CPH and more
talk about the knitting of said hoodie, check in next time on Knitting Daily.
Lisa Shroyer is editor of Knitscene magazine, and senior editor of Interweave Knits.
Special Invitation To Knitting Daily Readers!
You're the first ones to know: Our brand-new online pattern store is now open! You can buy patterns (including the revised, enhanced version of the Central Park Hoodie)
from many of our sold-out magazines, and we'll be loading up new
patterns as fast as we can in the days ahead. As with any newly-opened
shop, the paint might be a bit wet still, but we just couldn't wait to
open our doors and let you have a peek around. Enjoy!
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? Eight inches of the Gathered
Pullover; a pair of socks on two circulars with partial heel flaps, and
seven inches of the hood of my husband's cabled hoodie.