The Central Park Hoodie–PLUS!

Heather Lodinsky’s original CPH
When Lisa Shroyer told me that she was knitting a Big Girl version of the Central Park Hoodie, I couldn’t wait to see her Finished Object (known in blogdom as a “FO”). When I found out she was actually adding three new sizes to the original CPH pattern and she was willing to come chat about the process with us on Knitting Daily, I was truly delighted.

Since the original pattern is out-of-print, I’m happy to announce that you can purchase the expanded, revised version of the Central Park Hoodie pattern in our brand-new Knitting Daily Pattern Store! (More about The Store below.)


Now, without further ado (I’ve always wanted to say that!), I’d like to present to you this week’s guest poster, Lisa Shroyer, with her Big Girl enhancements to the Central Park Hoodie.

More of a Great Thing: The CPH+

The Central Park Hoodie (fondly referred to as the CPH) by Heather Lodinsky first appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of Knitscene. A bit of rustic-comfort-sporty-timeless knitwear that simultaneously says knitterly and ready to wear, this project has been hugely popular among our readers. As the Fall 2006 back issue has sold out from Interweave, and interest in the CPH is still strong, we decided it was time (only a year later!) to resurrect the CPH for a fresh audience.

And, in true Knitting Daily style, (there’s no better way to talk about a project), I decided to knit a CPH up for myself and walk everyone through the process. Only one problem: the original pattern offered five sizes: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)” bust. I need a 50″ sweater, and for a loose cardigan that I can wear over a layer or two, 52″ is really ideal. So, I sat down with the pattern and my calculator, and reworked the directions for a size 52″, and while I was doing the math, I added two more plus sizes, a 56″ and a 60″. So now we have a pattern that ranges from a 32″ bust on up to a 60″, in 4-inch increments. And hopefully that means that you can find a size that works for you!

Lisa’s CPH being blocked

So what is it about the CPH that makes it so appealing? Carrie Coker of Athens, Georgia made the CPH as a gift for her sister and she says, “The pattern is fun to knit because it’s so simple and straightforward, and the result is an absolutely classic sweater.” Heather Lodinsky, designer of the beloved hoodie, came up with the idea for the project when Knitscene approached her and asked her to design an easy cabled project to accompany an article on cables. She says, “I thought of a design featuring both right-twist and left-twist rope cables that would be great for a new cable knitter, but interesting enough for someone who has also done cables before. I only had about a week to design and make it, but found it very fun and fast!”. You may know Heather from past issues of Interweave Knits, her work with Tahki/Stacy Charles and Lion Brand (for whom she designed the knitted version of the “Coming Home” Martha Stewart poncho).

I admit that when I started knitting this project, I wasn’t looking forward to the knitting (mostly stockinette with the occasional cable cross), but I knew I would wear the FO a lot. But the knitting was a wonderful distraction from some more complex projects I had going on, and working with Tahki Donegal Tweed was very very nice.

For pics of knitters around the country who have made the CPH, check out the Winter 2007/Spring 2008 issue of Knitscene, on stands starting December 25. And for more pics of my CPH and more talk about the knitting of said hoodie, check in next time on Knitting Daily.

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


Sandi Wiseheart was one of our fine editors for Knitting Daily.

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


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