FO: Central Park Hoodie

The toddler sewing pictures I promised will have to be put on hold a little longer, since the garments in question seem to be perpetually in the laundry. In the meantime, check out my new sweater!

As if this cardigan needs any introduction…

Central Park Hoodie in Tahki Donegal Tweed

It’s a Central Park Hoodie. You’ve seen it before. In fact, you’ve probably knit one yourself. More than 1400 Ravelers have.

Central Park Hoodie in Tahki Donegal Tweed

Pattern: Central Park Hoodie

Yarn: Tahki Donegal Tweed in #850 (“Obsidian”), every last yard of 6 skeins

Needles: US 6 & US 8

Modifications: I knit the 36″ size exactly from the pattern but I added two inches in length because I wanted to wear this as a coat.

What's with the heavy wool hoodie in June?

This is definitely an outerwear garment. Tahki Donegal Tweed is every bit as hot as you would imagine. In spite of its warmth, I have little doubt my CPH will become my most worn hand knit garment. In fact, I’m contemplating a second CPH in something softer and more appropriate for indoor wear.

Oh my god, I was so hot with all the buttons done!

You cannot possibly imagine how hot I was just taking these pictures. I could only keep it buttoned for a few minutes. Finishing a heavy wool sweater in 90 degree weather? Suboptimal.

Hood cable

While I love the tweed I chose, I admit that I regretted not using my Skye Tweed stash having seen the CPH iSeL finished recently – I even have the same color stashed! But no, that particular yarn was already set aside to copycat Christy’s Tweedy Aran.

A few weeks ago, I looked through some cable stitch books and swatched a cabled sweater for Aaron, what I’ve dubbed “Aaron’s Aran”. I initially intended to use Harrisville New England Highland but when Ram Wools had a sale on Selkirk, I bought it instead. Lots of it. Even without the sale, Selkirk sells for $5.95 for 273 yds of worsted weight yarn. In fact, my Selkirk and Highland swatches feel the same and both knit up at exactly same gauge.

Swatching Aaron's Aran

And now for the big argument: what size to make? The knitter would prefer to finish in her lifetime and to fit his 35″ chest. The tall, skinny man who buys clothes far too large for him, would prefer the 44″ size. Where is the middle ground? What would you do?

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33 comments so far

  1. Chris on

    It turned out wonderfully! Hee hee – I was thinking that the last thing I’d want to do in this weather was model a heavy woolen…

  2. Miss 376 on

    It looks really good, and I love the colour of the yarn.Just a shame you’ll have to wait to wear it

  3. caro on

    Your CPH looks great! Love the tweedy action, it’s such a nice fit for this cardi. Mine is crazy hot too. Some days I even have to wait to go outside before I put it on.
    As far as the aran goes, 44″ for a 35″ chest? That’s some kind of mania. The Husband has a 48″ and that’s exactly what he gets. I’m not knitting a stitch more. The girl in me loves his size, but the knitter in me wishes he was a beanpole.

  4. Jody on

    It’s gorgeous! My CPH is definitely my fav sweater – you will wear it ALL the time!

  5. Glenna C on

    Nicely done! Come winter you’ll be loving it. I think I may have to do one of these eventually too, I have the feeling I may be fired from the internets if I don’t ;)

  6. Emma on

    It looks great. I love the tweediness of it.

    As for the man sweater–I’d go with the size to actually fit him. I think he’d be happier with it over all, and it would look good too!

  7. Eliza on

    The hoodie looks great. I’ve never made one (or considered it) until now– I really love the comfy tweedyness of it.

    As for the yarn– that’s such a great price! How do you like it? What does it feel like?

  8. Maritza on

    Oooh, the CPH look fantastic!

  9. mai on

    beautiful sweater! i’m sure it will keep you very warm this winter. i have had that pattern in my queue for as long as i can remember!

    as for aaron’s aran, can we compromise and do a 40″ chest? i think sweaters on men are much more flattering when they’re more fitted as opposed to big and baggy.

  10. Pat on

    Beautiful in tweed – looks like it will definitely be one of those comfy wonderful sweaters that you will wear all fall/winter!

  11. Amy on

    Gnah, it’s so amazing! I’d do a 39 or 40″ chest. Men really do like some ease, but sweaters that fit like tents don’t do anyone any favors. Not even slender 35″ chest men. :)

  12. gleek on

    what a fantastic sweater! i love that yarn. it’s absolutely perfect with the pattern. i bet you wear it all the time in the fall :)

  13. Emily on

    Gorgeous!

  14. femiknitter on

    No matter how many CPHs I see, they never fail to look fantastic. Great work!

  15. Lisa on

    Looks smashing! I’m sure it’ll get a lot of wear this fall and winter. Off to move this to the top of my queue!

  16. Theresa on

    Looks great! Why not split the difference and go for 40″. People look better in more tailored clothes, and it’ll still feel roomy.

  17. linda on

    Your sweater is absolutely gorgeous! good job!

  18. tiennie on

    Yours turned out so beautiful! I agree – split the difference and do a 40″ size. My hubby has a 40″ chest and I knit him 44″ sweaters – just the right amount of ease!

  19. stacey on

    beautiful! i love the colorful tweedy bits!

    i’d knit him the size he’d wear most – you don’t want to knit it and have it end up being not comfy enough for him!

  20. schrodinger on

    The CPH looks great, albeit far too warm for this weather, you’re a brave (and surprisingly sweat-free) woman doing that photoshoot.

    As for the sweater, I would go anywhere between 38 and 40″, I think he’ll be pleasantly surprised at the fit. My hubby looks less ‘slim’ when he’s not wearing something too oversized.

  21. diana on

    Wow, amazing!

  22. jenna on

    Sweet hoodie!! You’re such a pro.

  23. BooBoo on

    Beautiful CPH. I have a Rogue I made out of the Takhi Donegal Tweed that I wear all the time.

    As to hubby, I would knit a size you’re sure he will wear. What about compromising with 6 inches of ease which will still feel loose on him, but not look as baggy and shapeless as his preferred 9 inches of ease would…

  24. lolly on

    Wow, this turned out so well, E! I love the tweed.

    My hubby is a 40″, and I have done 42″ for him, but I find that most sweaters have built in ease, and you can block them larger, so, it is usually a 40″ that he gets :)

  25. Specs on

    The CPH looks great! I love how fitted it is. And the color. You can’t go wrong with a classy gray cabled cardigan. Nope.

    R’s the same way about his clothes. He wears a small but always buys a medium or large. So on the rare occasion that I buy him a shirt, I get a small and he’s always surprised by how good it looks. “Hey! this fits! cool.” I vote that you knit the smaller size but just don’t tell him until he’s trying it on, and then heap on the compliments. It could work.

  26. nova on

    CPH=awesome. It looks great! My suggestion is to make the size he wants (and will actually wear), it sucks; but there it is. K is like, the skinniest man alive, but he insists on 42-44″ sweaters too. This is why he does not have a lot of handknit sweaters.

  27. Ann on

    CPH looks great on you. You have done a fantastic job!

  28. Knitterella on

    That looks great! What a perfect knit and the yarn… it’s fantastic!

  29. Lorette on

    That is gorgeous!I just love the color, and it fits perfectly!

  30. Ariel on

    Gorgeous CPH! Though I feel a bit faint just thinking about wearing that much wool (even for pictures) in the summertime. We, your readers, appreciate your bloggerly sacrifice.

  31. Lara on

    Oh my, your CPH is so gorgeous! Wonderful job! The fit is perfect on you. I think I must have one!

  32. czuki on

    oh, fantastic!

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