Finished Object – Central Park Hoodie

I am back!! Did you miss me? Oh wait, you didn’t know I was gone! Guess that happens when you are (1) rushing to leave for a vacation right after returning from one (2) without internet access nearly the entire trip, and (3) far too exhausted to do anything about the first two. Nevertheless, I went on a wonderful Costa Rican getaway with my best friend Jill (also known as Hill, Jilly, Chili, Yili, and Katie during our trip) for my 31st birthday celebration! Do you miss me know or just hate me 🙂 ? Anyhoo, since downloading and organizing 500+ photos is much more time consuming, I give you the presentation of the Central Park Hoodie!

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With super popular knits like this, I would normally think that everything about it has been said ad nauseum, however CPH for me was definitely a choose your own misadventure knit so I will give you a little bit “Peacock Chic’s Field Guide to the Central Park Hoodie”. Readers BEWARE!!

Yarn: Elann Highlant Peruvan Wool – Oxford Grey Heather
Inspiration: Knitscene Cental Park Hoodie
Needles:
Size 6 and 7 for the back and then just 7 because I forgot
Yardage: 11 balls
Modifications: Too many
Enjoyment Factor:
6
Knit Time: 21 days – I think this is an all time record!

 

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The Good

  • Holy Cow!! I finished this sweater in 21 days minus the 3 days I put myself on cleaning restriction. So technically I finished this in 18 days!! So why did I put myself through such rigorous paces to get this sweater done? Stitches West 2008 of course!! After seeing all the people with their Rhinebeck or other special occasion knits I knew I needed a new knit for Stitches. At first I thought of the Venezia sweater, but when the (insert various hallucinogens here) wore off Central Park Hoodie came to mind.

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  • I love my buttons and buttonholes. I got the idea to blanket stitch the buttonholes, when I noticed how shabby the holes looked and how much they disappeared into the fabric. I wanted to give the sweater a little pop so I decided to go with red embroidery floss for the blanket stitches and the button attachment. When it is buttoned the blanket stitching disappears, but when it is opened you get to see a little something extra. I think it really makes the sweater stand out. In fact, I didn’t really like the CPH until I added the button. Now I am liking it a lot more.

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The Bad

  • I did the calculations for the yearn conversion from Tahki Donegal Tweed to Elann Highland Peruvian and found that I would need 16 balls of yarn to complete this project. WRONG! I only needed 11 and now have 6 more balls to clutter my stash. BOO!
  • The Oxford Heather that I got for the CPH was more hairy than the heather I used for my Sunrise Circle Jacket. It is a little scratchy and the hairs cause pilling to occur in high use areas. But this should calm down with wear.
  • I accidentally knit about .25″ more for the button band ribbing which is a little too wide for the button placement which makes the front overlap jut out a little if you are not paying attention.

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The Ugly

  • I had read about the CPH fitting a little snug. So silly me decided to mess the fit and knit the 44″ hoping to get something around 42″ or 43″. So I messed with the fit with only 20+ days to finish. I messed with the fit with gauge being incorrect. I messed with the fit during blocking. I MESSED with the fit AND forgot to change the needles. All this messing around…well….resulted in a mess. What size is my CPH? I have no clue! Fits the body, snug in the armhole, snug on the sleeves. May need another blocking for it to reach its full potential of greatness. Modifications made, include but are not limited:
    • Knit back with size 7 needles for ribbing andsize 6 for body
    • Knit the rest of the sweater with size 7’s only
    • Knit 5″ of ribbing for the back
    • Knit size 44 for back and front to get between 40 and 44.
    • Knit size 44 sleeves with size 48 armhole number

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All in all a great knit if you don’t mess with the fit too much. Either way, I did get my “Daily dose of fiber” courtesy of Ravelry.
Fiber…Good for the body, good for the soul!


Pedal to the Metal

With Stitches West only 18 days away, I decided to torture challenge myself to finish a sweater for the event.  I mean everyone has got to have a new outfit for events of this magnitude, right?  So I decided the Central Park Hoodie would be my tour de force.  This is all based on me knitting nonstop for the next 2.5 weeks!  Now I have finished sweaters in 4 weeks before but never with the expectation of doing such.  Therefore, this both a mental and physical challenge for me to stay focused on not get distracted.

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So far I have finished the back of the sweater and started the ribbing for the left front. I actually started the sweater on January 28th with 24 days until Stitches.   It is a pretty easy sweater, but I am knitting at a smaller gauge with the Elann Highland Peruvian so the knitting is slow going.  Plus I have no patience due to the looming deadline so it felt even slower.  I am a tiny bit worried about the sizing too.  I am knitting the 44″ which is working to be more like a 40″due to gauge and I am knitting the armholes for the 48″ to get the arm size of the 44″ as my arms are pretty thick.  So not only do I have 18 days to finish I also have to determine if this thing will fit nicely.  Anyway, gotta get back to the knitting…

In the meantime, I will entertain you with a lovely picture of the center cables on my sweater.  I just love them!! They kinda remind me of the spine armor of a Klingon uniform.

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Yup…I AM that nerdy.