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?