Tweedy Love

I finished the Central Park Hoodie, and I’m in love. There’s a good reason why this is the most popular cardigan on Ravelry. It’s simple and fairly easy, but detailed enough to keep it interesting. A great classic look. I’d love to make this again sometime, but with a collar instead of a hood.

Central Park Hoodie

Central Park Hoodie
Pattern: Central Park Hoodie Ravelry link here.
Yarn: Tahki Donegal Tweed Homespun; color 854; 7 skeins
Size: 36″, with modifications (finished size about 37″)
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) and US 5 (3.75 mm)

Modifications: (This looks like a lot, but other than the sleeve size, the modifications I did were very minor.)

  • Added one extra stitch on each side of the side seams since I’d heard some people say the pattern ran small, but that wasn’t necessary – the body would have blocked perfectly to size. I’m not sure why other people had problems. I wouldn’t bother with this change next time.
  • Increased body length by an inch to 15″ since I’m tall.
  • Grafted the hood instead of binding off and seaming (I’d definitely do that again), then picked up the stitches for the entire front band at once. I might consider making the hood less pointy, but I’ll almost never wear the hood up anyway, so it doesn’t matter too much.
  • Bound off the stitches at the neck and then picked up stitches for the hood, rather than keeping the stitches on waste yarn. I thought this would give a bit more structure to the neck area. Some people are doing a line of crochet to stabilze the neckline, but this worked fine for me.
  • Used the sleeve instructions for the 40″ size (but keeping the length for the size 36″) and reshaped the sleeve cap accordingly. I knitted the sleeves in the round to make sure the fit was going to be right. A lot of people said the sleeves were very tight. I think they’d probably have been fine using the original directions if I were making a cardigan that would only go over sleeveless, short-sleeved, or thin long-sleeved tops, but I wanted to make sure it would be comfortable to wear over my medium-weight turtlenecks. If I knitted this again, I’d knit the sleeves flat, and choose the sleeve size based on what I planned to wear it over. But you need to pay attention to the cast-on numbers for the different sizes – for some sizes, going up to the next size doesn’t change the number of stitches cast-on, only the number of increases (so the sleeve is only larger at the upper arm, not from the wrist to elbow).
  • Added toggle-buttons and button loops. I really liked the toggles with this yarn, since it’s kind of rustic. I crocheted loops for the toggles after deciding on the toggles and where to place them – I’ll detail that modification tomorrow.

One thing I’d do if I made it again would be to add some waist shaping. I decided against that for this one, because I planned on it being “outerwear”, and didn’t want it to be too fitted. But I think a bit of waist shaping would have worked nicely without making it too snug.

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14 Responses to Tweedy Love

  1. carla says:

    Really nice! Looks great on you.

  2. Anne says:

    Very nice! I love the tweedy yarn and rustic look of the pattern in combination. And great choice on the toggles! They really make the look too.

  3. margene says:

    Fabulouso! It looked so good on you Sunday and your crochet fix was ingenious. However, I’m still laughing about your being tall. 😉

  4. Miss T says:

    Beautiful! I love the tweedy yarn you chose. Looks great on you.

  5. Chris says:

    It turned out wonderfully and looks great on you! It’s on my list – but probably with a collar instead of a hood.

  6. Carole says:

    It really looks wonderful! Love the yarn you chose.

  7. Anne B. says:

    The toggles are a great touch!

  8. Jo says:

    Wow, it looks really great on you and the toggles are a nice touch, too.

  9. Stacey says:

    The toggles are the perfect ending. Like whipped cream on a banana split. 😀

  10. Lauren says:

    It looks really nice! What a great color and yarn you chose 🙂

  11. Norma says:

    Excellent! One of these days I will finish mine….and I’m doing mine without a hood.

  12. Andrea says:

    Nice and tweedy! Love the toggles too.

  13. Cayenne says:

    Nice! I had given up the CPH and chose to do the Dickinson Pullover instead, but maybe I’ll just do both! It looks great on you and your color choice is a good match for you.

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