Goddess Amy in the CPH+!
People have been wondering what Lisa and I had come up with as far as the promised CPH surprise, so here we go...
A Gallery of the Central Park Goddesses!
Yes, folks, that's right: Lisa sent me her Big Girl CPH, and I found
seven dangerously curved Interweave gals to model it for you:
The Central Park Hoodie Plus Size Gallery
There is a wide range of "fits" in this particular gallery. Note
that the length of the sweater depends not just on torso length, but
"torso landscape"! If you are large busted, the fabric has more ground
to cover to drape over The Ladies, you see, and thus, the sweater might
look shorter on you no matter what your height or torso length is. A
woman with more subtle charms up front will have less landscape to
cover, and so the sweater will hang lower on her. The same is true for
your belly and hip curves: The more generous your landscape, the more
fabric is required to drape vertically, and the shorter the sweater
will appear on you.
The Finale: A Finished Plus Size CPH
by Lisa Shroyer
Lisa's finished "CPH Plus"!
So here is my finished Central Park Hoodie! I am very happy with it.
Finished Size: 52" bust, buttoned
Yarn: 16 skeins of Tahki Donegal Tweed in #869 dark taupe
Needles: Sizes 5 and 7. I am a loose knitter and always have to
go down in needle size to get gauge—you may need the sizes 6 and 8 the
original pattern called for.
As I was working on this project, I referred back to a couple sources for help: Pam Allen's sleeve cap article in the Winter 2007 issue of Interweave Knits, and Kathy Veeza's article on mattress stitch seaming in the Winter 2007/Spring 2008 issue of Knitscene.
These articles both had some interesting tips that I hadn’t come across
before that helped me in the finishing of my CPH. If you have trouble
getting a perfect-fitting sleeve cap, or smooth seams, I recommend both
articles for sure.
notice my buttonband is asymmetrical—or rather, my buttons are not
centered. I like the look of offset buttons, so I worked my buttonband
without buttonholes, then crocheted buttonloops along the edge of the
right front, and sewed the buttons off-center on the left-front band.
In the end, I understand why so many people have made the CPH. It's
a fairly easy and quick knit, and it has such timeless appeal. I will
wear this FO a lot! Which I can't always say about my Fair Isles or
other complex knits.
But in hindsight, I would do things differently, were I to knit this project again.
What would I do differently? I would space the cables on the fronts
closer together—the original, smaller CPH shows those two cables on the
front fairly close together, but as the sizes get larger, space is
added in width to the stockinette panel between cables. The cables
create more of a focal point the closer they are to each other, so I
would have kept my cables close together and added more stockinette at
the outer sides. This may be more slimming as well, creating a strong
central vertical element. I think I would also have made the body of my
hoodie a little longer, another 1.5" perhaps. When I look at the hoodie
from the front, I feel like it's still a little skimpy in length there,
even though it's a good 2 inches longer than the next size down in the
pattern. But other than these issues, I am very happy with the FO and
have already worn it quite a bit.
Lisa Shroyer is editor of Knitscene magazine, and senior editor of Interweave Knits.
Questions and Answers
Any chance we could have larger views in the KD Pattern Store of each project? I'd really like to see a bigger photo before I buy. (Anonymous Knitter)
Sandi says: Funny you should ask! Our tech wizards got this
working for you just this morning! Now, under the photo on each pattern
page, you will see a View Larger Image button. Hope this helps!
I would like a clarification of the CPH yarn requirements for
larger sizes before purchasing the pattern. The jump in the number of
skeins is a typo, right? (J. J.)
Lisa replies: The yarn amounts for the three largest sizes
are NOT a typo. The reasons for the jump in yardage: 1) The plus sizes
are quite a bit longer than the original pattern; 2) The band on the
larger sizes is quite a bit wider, and over 350+ stitches that uses
quite a bit of yarn; and 3) I based the instructions for the larger
sizes on my gauge of 18 sts/4", which is a different gauge than the
original. We first approached this revamped sizing as a new and
separate entity from the original, hence I felt okay with having a
slightly different gauge when I reworked everything. All of this is
spelled out in the pattern, don't worry!
And yes, we will continue to give some great patterns away for free!
For example...next week! Check back and let's talk about everyone's
last-minute holiday knitting. (I don't know about you, but I am going
to need all the help I can get to finish Nicholas's hoodie on time!)
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? Seven inches of the Gathered
Pullover; a pair of socks on two circulars with partial heel flaps, and
eight inches of the hood of my husband's cabled hoodie.