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central park hoodie

16 February 2008 6,242 views 46 Comments

cph back hood

Pattern: Central Park Hoodie by Heather Lodinsky for KnitScene.

Yarn: 7 skeins of Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran in colour 032.

Needles: Size 8 US (5.0mm) Bamboo

Size: 44″. I wasn’t quite spot on gauge, so I knit the 44″ knowing it would work out to a 46″ finished product. I was in between sizes anyway, so that worked out well with no math adjustments to be made.

Started: December 29th, 2007
Finished: February 9th, 2008

cph sleeve

I knit the body about an inch longer than written and the arms about 3 inches longer. My sweaters have to reach my knuckles otherwise I’ll constantly be pulling on the sleeves.
I knit the hood as written, but I kitchenered the seam up the middle. The button band was to be knit in two sections and seamed at the top to match the hood, but I just picked up and knit it all at the same time on two long circs.

Final Verdict: It’s a little shloompier than I’d like. If I were to make it again, I’d definitely add in some waist shaping. As it is, it’s kicking hot to wear, so it will end up being more of a jacket type thing than just a cardigan.

Central Park Hoodie Finished

Ravelry project details

Central Park Hoodie buttons


  • jess said:

    I really like it! if I ever get around to making one, I think I’ll remember what you said here and add waist shaping! it looks great :)

  • Carla said:

    It looks great! I really like your yarn.

  • Heather said:

    It looks GREAT! Love the color especially…

  • Carla said:

    I don’t knit, but I just had to tell you how great your hoodie looks. That is quite a project, and you did such an awesome job! Woo-Hoo! It’s so fun to finish a project, isn’t it?

  • Ruth said:

    I think it looks great on you!!

  • LaBean said:

    Way to go! I’m jealous. There I said it. 😀 It looks great. Tell me, did you at any point feel it might be to small around? Stupid me had that feeling and still kept going. Now, if I try to use the buttons I have, it gaps like a mofo.. So it’s Zipper for me. While I wouldn’t ALWAYS wear it closed, I’d like to be able to when I need it, and I’d like it to look reasonable, too.

  • michelle said:

    Beautiful! That close up button shot excites me to no end :) It really came out nice and looks so good on you.

  • Allegra said:

    I think it looks great! I too will refer back to you about waist shaping when I get around to knitting this.

  • frecklegirl jess said:

    Super pretty- that first pic is too cute. Happy sweater photos!

  • Julia said:

    Beautiful! Love the color, and it looks great on you.

  • Melana said:

    gorgeous! i’ve loved that button close-up since you posted it on flickr.
    love the tweed, the fit and the mods you made. great job!

  • Jeanne B. said:

    Oh, wow, great job! I’m totally digging the yarn and the buttons. Good idea on the hood and button band. My CPH is finally cast-on and I think I’ll follow your tip on the hood/band because it makes sense.

  • Leah said:

    I love this! It looks fantastic on you!
    I think I’ll steal your button band idea too! Thanks!! :)

  • Sue said:

    Your CPH looks great. I am going to knit my 2nd one soon, and I will be adding more length too.

  • mari said:

    I think it looks lovely.
    What a beautiful color you chose. :)

  • Dave Daniels said:

    Excellent work on the CPH, and your hair looks pretty fab, too. (Length, color and cut.)

  • Nell said:

    Great job! I love the color.
    You’re encouraging me to get the lead out!

  • Paula said:

    Looks great-I am also making the 44. Almost have the back finished.

  • Kim said:

    Your CPH looks awesome!

  • Jody said:

    Awesome!! The CPH is my absolute favorite pattern!! So comfy and perfect to wear anywhere!
    Great job!

  • Dotty said:

    It looks fabulous on you! And it isn’t black or brown!

  • Abbe said:

    Love it!

  • leslie said:

    everything about it is just perfect.
    beautiful work, again!

  • Zarah said:

    Super cute! It’s such a great pattern, and it looks great on you.

  • Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) said:

    It looks great! It also seems to fit beautifully, despite what you said about it being schlumpy. I’m just finishing up the button band on mine now. Mine is pretty snug, and though I did not add waist shaping, it clings nicely.

  • dorkyquilts said:

    That is sooooo gorgeous! It’s blinkin’ perfect!! Congratulations.

  • Kim U said:

    It looks fabulous on you! Thanks for the hint on the waist shaping – when I get around to knitting it, I’ll hopefully remember that. It still looks great on you though and very nice overall.

  • Magalie said:

    It looks great! Love it.

  • Lisa said:

    It’s beautiful! That blue looks great on you.

  • gina said:

    Another great FO, Caro! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

  • lolly said:

    so great! i bet you will get a lot of wear out of this one!!

  • Karen said:

    Another beautiful sweater! It looks great on you Caro! Awesome knitting!

  • Cheryl said:

    This turned out so great – you photographs are beautiful as well!

  • Nora said:

    Gorgeous! This has been on my ‘to do’ list for a year [or more]!

  • finnyknits said:

    Holy wow and crap!! That is an amazing sweater – so much detail and the button placket?! Sheesh, Caro – you really went all out.
    Of course, I see this and go, “I should totally knit a sweater. I would feel like a superhero when I finished it. Like I could rule the world.” But then I remember what a short attention span theater kind of gal I am and go back to my pedicure socks and cowls. I don’t even have the patience to knit toes or hoods for godssake!
    Anyway – your sweater is really beautiful and what about your hair? Is that your natural color? Sheesh. Purty.

  • Mandella said:

    Everytime I see a photo of a completed CPH I want one more and more, but yours is especially tempting. It’s a gorgeous colour and looks great on you.

  • Danielle said:

    Great work! It looks so warm and comfortable.

  • stacey said:

    beautiful! it looks great!

  • lisa said:

    Looks awesome. Great job…..It must look kicking with a pair of jeans!

  • Mintyfresh said:

    looks fabulous on you, Caro!

  • Steph said:

    I love it!! I’m the same way with my sleeves, they have to at LEAST be in the center of my palms.

  • Julia said:

    It looks fabulous! You’ve inspired me. And my daughter, Kandis, she wants me to make her one now, so, Wall of Cascade, here I come! It’s amazing, this sweater looks good one every single person I have seen it on – it’s like magic.

  • monica said:

    So cute on you!

  • meg said:

    I can’t believe I haven’t commented here, yet. Maybe I only did on Flickr. Anyway, I love it and only hope one day mine will look this great!!

  • molly! said:

    It’s gorgeous and it looks super cozy. Nice work!

  • Barb said:

    Frickin’ gorgeous! Wow. You and I kind-of look alike.

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