Saturday, March 03, 2007

FO: Central Park Hoodie

I'd like to make an introduction. Here she is, my Central Park Hoodie, in all her glory.

This was such a great project for me. I love it and I loved making it. This was also my first time doing a KAL and the amount of help and support I received along the way was great.

Pattern: Central Park Hoodie (Knitscene Fall 2006)
Software (as Alton calls it): 8 skeins of Tahki Donegal Tweed in Deep Purple/845 bought from The Village Sheep. I used a full 7 skeins of yarn and probably 20 yards of the next skein (each skein approx 183 yds).
Hardware: Size 6 and Size 8 circulars plus a size 6 DPN for cabling. My buttons are from The Point
Started: January 25, 2007
Finished: February 24, 2007


Sizing: There was a lot of press around sizing – a lot of people were saying this was running on the small size. The pattern offers 34, 36, 40 and up. I am 5’6 and if I were knitting a t-shirt I would knit a 34, so I assumed that the 36 would be too snug. Therefore I went for the 40. This is definitely not too snug on me – I wish it were a little smaller/more fitted but I still think the 36 would have been too small.

Modifications: I knit the ribbing on the body a little over 4 ½ vs the 4 inches called for in the pattern, so that it would be a bit longer. I also only did 4”ribbing for the sleeve cuffs vs 5” called for in the pattern. I kept seeing pictures with very long sleeves and many times people were rolling them up bc they were too long. I think my sleeves are the perfect length and maybe could be about ½ inch shorter.

I love this yarn and highly recommend it. It does soften up a bit with blocking but it’s not the softest stuff you’ll ever knit. But it’s gorgeous and incredibly warm. I love the color I chose as it pops and is vibrant and bright, yet it is still a somewhat neutral color. When I went to the Point to pick out buttons, I pulled the sweater out and several people came over to see what fiber I had used and there were lots
of oohs and ahhhs. While they were complimenting the yarn, and not me, I felt very warm and fuzzy.

I also had a great experience with the Village Sheep. I have limited experience ordering online but this came lickety-split, which is always greatly appreciated when you're eager to get going.

Front shot is affected by light so not the best rendition of color/depth


Lisa said...

Wow! No wonder you got lots of Oohs and Aahs at The Point! The sweater looks fabulous! And there's still plenty of cold weather to keep you in that sweater for a while! Great job.

tiennie said...

Fantastic job! I think it looks so great on you!

amy said...

i am amazed at your talent and how you've developed so quickly. you always move forward in such a determined and ambitious manner and it shows....this sweater is nothing short of heaven!!

Anonymous said...

Your CPH is beautiful. I haven't started mine yet, but I have the yarn for it. I especially appreciated your write up of this project. The sizing information will be really helpful. Thanks