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Central Park Hoodie visiting the new Opera House in Oslo. Go take a walk on the roof if you’re there.

Pattern: Central Park Hoodie from Knitscene Fall 2006

Yarn: Takhi Donegal Tweed colour 803 (as in the original pattern), seven and a half skein

Needles: 3.75mm for ribbing, 4mm for body. I had to go down a whole size to get gauge.

Modifications: Added length to body and sleeves, added waist shaping, buttonband knit vertically and sewn in, added heart cable to hood and altered hood shaping.

This has already seen lots of wear since the last buttons were sewn in very late one evening, by a very tired knitter determined to get this thing finished. I made the 40′ size which is enough to accommodate my 37′ bust and a layer or two underneath. It fits pretty great, but came out longer than I intended and have grown a little with wear I think. The heart cable for the hood had me change the hood shaping and finishing completely, using a Rogue-like design. I don’t know if my solution came out great, perhaps one could use a short-row heel approach or something similar. What I wanted was to avoid the pointy shape of the original hood, as that wouldn’t have worked with the new cable. Most of the time I wear the sweater open with the hood down, it is perfect to just throw on now when the weather is getting warmer. Warm is a very relative term around these latitudes. The jacket sure does its job though!

I love the cables flowing upwards, and didn’t want horizontal ribbing to interfere with the lines. So I knit the buttonband separately, in 1×1 rib, and sew it in as I went along instead of following the pattern. It sounds like lots of extra work, but it is much safer than picking up 300+ stitches along the edge which almost always (for me at least) gives a band that either puckers or flares.

I made 5 buttonholes and hope my LYS will get more of those buttons soon! And the waist-shaping calculator worked like a charm and clearly knew lots more about curves than I did cause the numbers I scribbled down first were not at all the same so I had some doubts when I started. For the back I did some of the waist shaping along the side seams and some in the middle stockinette panels to give them a very slight hourglass shape and a more tailored look instead of just being rectangles.

All in all this was a good knit. It was quick, easy and gives lots of room for personal modifications, besides being a good first cable sweater project, or even first jacket. No problems with rowing out this time either. I have now overcome my fear of set-in sleeves and garments knit flat, at least when the yarns are thick and forgiving! My only fear is that the loosely spun one-ply will pill. It softened up a lot after washing and is not at all scratchy.

Just follow the lines. Left, right, right, right, hey, haven’t I been here before? Can you go in circles when everything is square?

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Almost there

Remember how I couldn’t find that I’d done any mistakes on the Central Park Hoodie? That was only because I hadn’t looked closely enough. I had forgotten the neck decreases, so the fronts had to be ripped back before seaming. Well. Now the shoulders are grafted and the hood is done.

Aahh, the hood. There was just too much plain stockinette there, like a blank canvas begging for a cable. I’ve seen several versions at Ravelry where the back cable have been continued up the hood, and wanted to do something along the line of that. And then I thought, what if I split the two cables and let them run to the front, or meet again, or something? And was that even possible? I did lots of unsuccessful googling searching for a curving cable chart, and then decided there was only one way to find out if it could be done. It can.

It worked on the first go, the size came out perfect and when I was done it was time to shape the hood. I tried to chart out something before I started, but then switched to the opposite approach and charted out every row as I went along. I found it much easier to see where everything should go when I had the work in progress in front of me. The chart is a mess like nothing else and probably full of errors but it was a great excercise. How do real designers do create their lace and cable designs when the proportions of the knit are so different from those on paper, draw first or knit first?

“All” that remains is to sew in the last sleeve, finish the buttonband and sew in buttons. Yeah, and hunt down a last button, cause my LYS only had four left of the ones I wanted and I really hope they are not discontinued..

Like these tulips, the worst part is over and I’m almost there!

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I’m back from my trip long ago. One thing that never made it back after behaving weirdly for a long time though is my camera, which finally died on me and has now been replaced with a new one. I’m sticking to the Canon Ixus series, being very happy with them. And also was I amazed to see how much more I got for less than half the price of my last camera…

I have been knitting though, and lots of it too. I’m really glad I brought some emergency sock yarn for my flight. When you find yourself in a squeeze between a business man and a mother with a very sweet and well-behaving but wiggly nonetheless baby, that does not allow for anything but small pieces of one-strand stockinette. One sock completed.

I haven’t started the other one yet, cause the Central Park Hoodie turned out to be such a breeeze in the knitting department that it substituted all my TV stockinette needs. The pieces are now blocking, the measurements look right on spot and I can’t find anything that I have managed to screw up yet. I’ve added some waist shaping and will graft the shoulders instead of binding off before the seaming, but no major modifications. Just waiting for the thing to dry.

Can I just say how much I love my measure tape for having centimetres on one side and inches on the other? So helpful when knitting non-metric patterns. I also found a needle measure thingy with both metric, US and a third measure that I have yet not encountered in patterns on it, it saves me from looking up the conversions online every time I look on a foreign pattern. And saves lots of frogging too.

The hardest part of the CPH so far has been deciding on a closure. Initially I thought of a two-way zipper but I think I’ll go with buttons. I have an image in my head of what kind of buttons I want, but a long and intense button-search with a fellow knitter yesterday did not yield any results, although the very helpful owner of a LYS in town offered to order in a selection of the sizes and shapes I had in mind so I’ll go back there in a while. I couldn’t resist these babies though. The button stash is growing. Don’t see anything wrong with that.

The obligatory weather report..if you think I’m crazy knitting a thick woolen jacket in the end of April I can assure you that the winter is not over yet, it has been snowing like crazy for a week and I’m a bit worried about the brave tulip buds I saw poking up a few days ago. But not so worried about not getting to wear the woolen jacket.

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