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The Central Park Hoodie (and Voting for the Next KAL!)

Nov 6, 2009

The Central Park Hoodie Knit-a-Long is officially over, although there are many of us still knitting like the wind to get this puppy done so we can wear it already!

I've got a sleeve left and the finishing, which is at least a week's worth of work. I'm knitting steadily, though!

We had an amazing amount of participation in the KAL: almost 800 comments! People really loved the project and shared their tips and tricks so generously. It was, and continues to be, a wonderful KAL, and that's because of the people involved. Thank you all so much for making this a really fun couple of months of knitting the Hoodie; I'm looking forward to knitting with you again in the next KAL (see below for voting!).

Here's a parade of beautiful Central Park Hoodies for you to enjoy, and if you're still working, don't despair—you're in good company. The KAL forum will be available forever, so post away!

  Spacer 10x10 pixelsCatherine's CPH   Artful Soul's CPHSpacer 10x10 pixels    Peggy's CPH

  Spacer 10x10 pixelsTMS's CPH   Spacer 10x10 pixelsTeresa's CPH    Aporanee's CPH

  Spacer 10x10 pixelsMardi's CPH   Spacer 10x10 pixelsCandace's CPH    Barbara's CPH

What Should We Knit Next?

Several of you expressed interest in working an easy fair isle project, so all of my choices for the next KAL incorporate that technique. Fair isle is such a fun and rewarding technique—it takes the "just one more row" syndrome to new heights! (Just take a look at the fabulous new book of fair isle and colorwork patterns The New Stranded Colorwork by Mary Scott Huff. She's done an amazing job developing beautiful patterns for this technique.)

The Cactus Blossom Pullover and the Tomato Sweater are great first sweater projects that incorporate a bit of fair isle work. The Fresco Mitts and the Freyja Hat are both beautiful, quick-finish projects—which might be good for this busy time of year. The Lady's Duet and the Snowflake Scarf are easy and very "gift-able," and both scarves would work for the man in your life, too.

I hope one of these strikes your fancy, too!

  Cactus Blossom Pullover     Fresco Mitts    Freyja Hat
   Cactus Blossom   Fresco Mitts     Freyja Hat 
  Lady's Duet   Earflap Hat   Snowflake Scarf  

Click here to vote for your favorite; I'll announce the winner next Friday.





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Cactus Blossom Pullover Knitting Pattern

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Susan@391 wrote
on Feb 27, 2010 5:48 PM

I too started late on the CPH.  One sleeve left and the finishing.  I love this sweater.  It's the first one for ME in over a year!  Christmas wipes me out!  Just feeling the wool and taking my time makes me undwind.  Thanks for a timeless project.

yarngirl52 wrote
on Nov 17, 2009 11:08 AM

What are the results? I am dying to know!

Jo-Anne@5 wrote
on Nov 10, 2009 12:06 PM

I seriously doubt I'll be able to do any of these because I have a huge amount of trouble changing colours and still keeping my tension right.  I usually pull the colour behind too tight and end up with an ugly puckered mess.  Still, I'd like to learn so I voted for the hat.

Does anyone know if most people in the last KAL used a cable needle or tried without it.  That's something else I'd love to learn but it seems intimidating so I keep using the cable needle.  What are the chances of running that same KAL again for those of us who missed it?


Peggan wrote
on Nov 8, 2009 6:18 PM

I think the Freyja hat and the Fresco mitts would also be good for men in the right colors and perhaps the biggest sizes.  I am going to go out and find the magazine with the hat and the mitts patterns I think and get ready to start with you all no matter what is decided for the KAL.   It is the colorwork that will be a challenge for me and that will be part of all the patterns.

Is Fair Isle just a specific kind of stranded colorwork perhaps? A specific kind of pattern design?  I thought they were the same thing until someone here mentioned it.


on Nov 8, 2009 12:22 PM

I really want to be able to knit along with everyone, but the only free pattern is the snowflake scarf (which thankfully is the one I want to do, but I really wanted to do some of the others.) Well I hope we do the scarf.

cabar wrote
on Nov 8, 2009 9:59 AM

I have arthritis in my toes.  I have a great idea but don't know enough about knitting socks..  Cna you or have you a pattern for socks which would be like mittens but instead with extensions to coveer toes so that I could wear sandles or flip flops and keep my uglies covered?  I think they might be a big hit.

Thanks, Carol

kandpgirl wrote
on Nov 7, 2009 9:38 AM

Thanks so much for the free Snowflake Scarf pattern.  Magic-loop method with a circular needle is new to me and appears difficult (for me), but I shall give it a try.  I voted for the Freyja Hat, but will be pleased with whatever you choose

kandpgirl wrote
on Nov 7, 2009 9:06 AM

I voted for Aporanee's hoodie because I thought it looked more like a hoodie what with the zipper and the fact that it was not being modeled by the knitter.  It looked to me that the pattern called for the hood to be started too soon on the gals that modeled their own work.  A huge amount of effort and time went into these garments and each one should be extremely pleased with their results.  I also liked the look of Heather Lodinsky's as far as the hood goes.  Did she design the pattern?

scamptx wrote
on Nov 7, 2009 3:43 AM

I'm hoping to be able to keep up if I do join in! I love the mitts, the Freya, and the Ladies Duet, but vote for the Duet because it looks the most "do-able" for a first color project--and the most adaptable to non color for other projects.

Lorraine wrote
on Nov 7, 2009 3:17 AM

Hi! I'm not in the KAL group, but I've been watching the progress of you all.  Very impressed with the results.  You can all be proud of yourselves.  As I live in Australia, it is hot over the Christmas season and with a heatwave looming, wearing woolies is not suitable.  Although, a few weeks ago it seemed it was too cold to be Spring.  I get up early and spend a few quiet moments by myself answering emails (or knitting) and I have found my hands get quite cold, so for the first time in my life, I've thought fingerless mittens or gloves would be perfect to wear, especially while using the computer mouse.  So, if I was to choose a project, it would be the Fresco Mitts, although I love all the items chosen and I think the Freyja Hat is an interesting pattern that would be quick and pleasing to watch the pattern emerge row by row. I also would be tempted to add beads on the jumper and change the colours to suit my taste.  The items would also make great gifts.  I may consider joining next year, either KAL or CAL.  How do you find time for them all?  I'm researching Christmas projects at present and finding lovely things for gifts to make for our Red Hat Ladies group.  It has to be small because there are about 25 of them.  A busy time coming up!! Good Luck with the next KAL project.

BeckyS@14 wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 11:14 PM

I voted for the Fresco Mitts but I love the Freyja Hat too. As they are both in my queue I would be open to doing either one.

ClaireB@2 wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 9:43 PM

Can you please distinguish in your writing between Fair Isle and stranded color work (as used in Nordic patterns) .  They are not the same!


juanita@19 wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 4:37 PM

Congratulations on all the finished and absolutely beautiful Central Park Hoodies! I wish I could have knitted along with everyone, and I was but on baby things! New grandbaby due in 3 weeks! YIKES!

Kelleigh wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 3:47 PM

I cast my vote for the Lady's Duet.  I think it would be a great gift to give to one of my instructors at school.  

Sorry Teresa (fairboxie)  I did post the correction in the CPH forum.  You should get credit for YOUR work as it was simply beautiful!

Peggan wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 1:21 PM

The survey did not work for me--would not allow me to check anything and now won't let me back on to try again.  I voted for the Freyja hat. I might make it whatever wins and just knit along with all of you.  I do hope there will be some tips on how to do this an get good results.  Thanks for posting the photos from the CPH KAL.  


on Nov 6, 2009 1:13 PM

I'm so excited about this KAL because I have been looking for a great, easy fair isle pattern for my next project. Not only will this be my first KAL, but It will be my first fair isle project so it's great that I'll be able to get advice & tips from others during the KAL. I like the Lady's Duet, but I'm leaning toward the Freyja Hat just because it seems like it will be pretty easy & make my first FI experience go smoothly. I like all of the patterns though so I'll be happy with whatever we end up doing. Can't wait to get started!

PattyB@19 wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 11:25 AM

Definitely the Freyja Hat.  A perfect gift for an up-coming birthday. . .mine!!!

mauserati wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 11:22 AM

Of the choices given, I'm voting for "Lady's Duet": the color pattern looks most like what I think of as FI (bands of 2 colors worked in geometric shapes, shifting regularly to a different pair of colors and different shapes).

I make and wear berets and tams a lot, but so far I've only put stripes in the crown, or colorwork in the rim, so colorwork in the crown (with the shaping) would a new challenge.

I love the idea of "Cactus Blossom" but is it the most badly engineered pullover in the world? it looks conical, there's no shaping in the shoulders.  Can't imagine investing all the time and effort (including learning a new type of colorwork), to end up with an unwearable THAT!

Anyway, looking forward to the poll results.  Happy Holidays, every body.

on Nov 6, 2009 11:14 AM

Sorry, Teresa!! I'll change the blog post. ASAP.

fairboxie wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 11:07 AM

I'm the one in the sunglasses, and my name is actually Teresa.  :)

on Nov 6, 2009 11:00 AM

Some answers:

Dorothy: I have some friends who've knit the Central Park Hoodie out of Alpaca with a Twist Highlander. It's mostly alpaca, so it should work with your wool allergy.

KAL = Knit-a-long. Sorry I didn't specify that.

The Snowflake Scarf is the free pattern option for the KAL.

Click on the link in the blog post above to vote for your favorite option, and I'll send out the winner next Friday.


H. Caraher wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 10:47 AM

What's a KAL? You should explain abbreviations before you use them.

DorothyLWM wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 10:07 AM

I'm new here, so I just saw the Central Park Hoodie.  I love it, and I've bought the pattern, but I don't see where it indicates the weight of the yarn.  I never work with wool (allergies), so will need to buy a different yarn. Can someone tell me what weight was used?  Thank you for any help you can give me.

AnnR wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 8:55 AM

I like the snowflake scarf and the Fresco Mitts. Would like to try either one.

on Nov 6, 2009 8:04 AM

Are the new KAL projects patterns in past Interweave Knits magazines?    If not, how about choosing a free pattern download for the KAL.   Just a suggestion.......

NStiches wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 7:07 AM

The Freyja Hat is gorgeous!  I'm rooting for it!  How will we get the pattern?