Within the knitting world, the Central Park Hoodie is somewhat of a legend.
Since it first appeared in the Fall 2006 edition of KnitScene magazine, there have been countless blog/Internet based knit-a-longs (where people all over the world knit the same pattern at the same time and post pictures of their progress or pose questions about any problems they run into). On Ravelry (a social networking site for knitters and crocheters), the pattern boasts nearly 3,000 completed projects and the entry for the pattern says it single handedly made KnitScene famous.
When I first saw another blogger’s version of this pattern a few year’s back, I knew I was eventually going to knit this thing. I was pleased to find that my then LYS had a bunch of back issues of KnitScene including Fall 2006. So I purchased it, but didn’t really do anything about the pattern for about a year. Last November, I decided I was finally going to knit this as part of the ambitious, but way over my new mom head, plan for handmaking all of my Christmas gifts. I found some great yarn for cheap on KnitPicks and purchased it, but the yarn and the pattern have been sitting in a basket in my craft room, then in a box, then in a box on a moving truck, and then in the new craft room ever since.
Of course since then several projects have caught my fancy, but I am slowly working through the stash of yarn and projects I purchased last November. Once I finally got through the blue yarn that took on three or four different forms before arriving at Cherry and the baby blanket that was originally for my sister’s friend, but she now says I can keep for Sprout, the CPH was ready to have a turn.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. The pattern was quick, easy to follow and knits up beautifully. All pluses in my world. No wonder it is so popular.
Project: Central Park Hoodie by Heather Lodinsky from KnitScene Fall 2006
Made for: Not sure yet. It actually stretches quite a bit because of all the ribbing and even fits me with the preggo belly, but to avoid renditions of “fat [girl] in a little coat” there will be no pictures of that here. It will certainly fit me after the baby is born, but I’m sure it would also make a good Christmas gift.
Size made: To fit a 32″ bust (but like I said it stretches quite a bit)
Yarn: 9 skeins Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Lake Ice Heather
Needles: US 6 and 8 bamboo circs
Modifications: I used the Kitchner Stitch for the hood instead of binding off all the stitches and sewing them together, I added a zipper, and I picked up all the ribbed edging around the front in one long row instead of doing it in two halves.
Started: Sept. 27, 2009
Completed: Oct. 15, 2009
And OK, no pictures of me in said hoodie, but Bean has been having so much fun playing with this sweater and pulling on all the strings as I knit it. So here’s a cute, though slightly blurry and out of focus, picture of her with it (she has a thing for hoods):