First A Surprise, Then The Finished Plus Size Central Park Hoodie

Goddess Amy in the CPH+!
People have been wondering what Lisa and I had come up with as far as the promised CPH surprise, so here we go…

A Gallery of the Central Park Goddesses!

Yes, folks, that’s right: Lisa sent me her Big Girl CPH, and I found seven dangerously curved Interweave gals to model it for you:

The Central Park Hoodie Plus Size Gallery

There is a wide range of “fits” in this particular gallery. Note that the length of the sweater depends not just on torso length, but “torso landscape”! If you are large busted, the fabric has more ground to cover to drape over The Ladies, you see, and thus, the sweater might look shorter on you no matter what your height or torso length is. A woman with more subtle charms up front will have less landscape to cover, and so the sweater will hang lower on her. The same is true for your belly and hip curves: The more generous your landscape, the more fabric is required to drape vertically, and the shorter the sweater will appear on you.


The Finale: A Finished Plus Size CPH

by Lisa Shroyer

Lisa’s finished “CPH Plus”!

So here is my finished Central Park Hoodie! I am very happy with it.

Finished Size: 52″ bust, buttoned
Yarn: 16 skeins of Tahki Donegal Tweed in #869 dark taupe
Needles: Sizes 5 and 7. I am a loose knitter and always have to go down in needle size to get gauge—you may need the sizes 6 and 8 the original pattern called for.

As I was working on this project, I referred back to a couple sources for help: Pam Allen’s sleeve cap article in the Winter 2007 issue of Interweave Knits, and Kathy Veeza’s article on mattress stitch seaming in the Winter 2007/Spring 2008 issue of Knitscene. These articles both had some interesting tips that I hadn’t come across before that helped me in the finishing of my CPH. If you have trouble getting a perfect-fitting sleeve cap, or smooth seams, I recommend both articles for sure.

Back view

You’ll notice my buttonband is asymmetrical—or rather, my buttons are not centered. I like the look of offset buttons, so I worked my buttonband without buttonholes, then crocheted buttonloops along the edge of the right front, and sewed the buttons off-center on the left-front band.

In the end, I understand why so many people have made the CPH. It’s a fairly easy and quick knit, and it has such timeless appeal. I will wear this FO a lot! Which I can’t always say about my Fair Isles or other complex knits.

Side view

But in hindsight, I would do things differently, were I to knit this project again. What would I do differently? I would space the cables on the fronts closer together—the original, smaller CPH shows those two cables on the front fairly close together, but as the sizes get larger, space is added in width to the stockinette panel between cables. The cables create more of a focal point the closer they are to each other, so I would have kept my cables close together and added more stockinette at the outer sides. This may be more slimming as well, creating a strong central vertical element. I think I would also have made the body of my hoodie a little longer, another 1.5″ perhaps. When I look at the hoodie from the front, I feel like it’s still a little skimpy in length there, even though it’s a good 2 inches longer than the next size down in the pattern. But other than these issues, I am very happy with the FO and have already worn it quite a bit.

Lisa Shroyer is editor of Knitscene magazine, and senior editor of Interweave Knits.


Questions and Answers

Any chance we could have larger views in the KD Pattern Store of each project? I’d really like to see a bigger photo before I buy. (Anonymous Knitter)

Sandi says: Funny you should ask! Our tech wizards got this working for you just this morning! Now, under the photo on each pattern page, you will see a View Larger Image button. Hope this helps!

I would like a clarification of the CPH yarn requirements for larger sizes before purchasing the pattern. The jump in the number of skeins is a typo, right? (J. J.)

Lisa replies: The yarn amounts for the three largest sizes are NOT a typo. The reasons for the jump in yardage: 1) The plus sizes are quite a bit longer than the original pattern; 2) The band on the larger sizes is quite a bit wider, and over 350+ stitches that uses quite a bit of yarn; and 3) I based the instructions for the larger sizes on my gauge of 18 sts/4″, which is a different gauge than the original. We first approached this revamped sizing as a new and separate entity from the original, hence I felt okay with having a slightly different gauge when I reworked everything. All of this is spelled out in the pattern, don’t worry!

And yes, we will continue to give some great patterns away for free! For example…next week! Check back and let’s talk about everyone’s last-minute holiday knitting. (I don’t know about you, but I am going to need all the help I can get to finish Nicholas’s hoodie on time!)


Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

What’s on Sandi’s needles? Seven inches of the Gathered Pullover; a pair of socks on two circulars with partial heel flaps, and eight inches of the hood of my husband’s cabled hoodie.


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