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ArtLady1981
03-27-2008, 11:15 PM
Hello! :waving:

I knit the Central Park Hoodie for my DD in October 2007.
Click HERE (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=72207&highlight=FO+Central+Park+Hoodie)to view the details of that FO.

I loved hers so much that I'm making a CPH for myself as well! I've just been waiting to find a yarn to inspire me! I finally found my yarn! I'm using the new Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed in color 09, a medium denim blue.

Anyway, would you like to join me in a CPH-KAL?
Since I have been down that road once already, I might be able
to guide you through a pleasant knit and a successful outcome!

The pattern was originally featured in the Fall 2006 Knitscene. The pattern was available in sizing from 32"-48". The new PDF (http://shop.interweave.com/store/Central-Park-Hoodie-P204C0.aspx) download has sizes 32"-60".
Wow! A size for every body!

There is also a corrections page. One small minor correction. CORRECTIONS PAGE (http://www.knitscene.com/2006/corrections.asp#hoodie)

Here is the Central Park Hoodie model sweater which used Tahki Donegal Tweed.
I used this same yarn in the same green as the model for my DD's CPH.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2086/2367224531_a5ceaa4e2d_m.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2181/2368058668_afaab238ff_m.jpg

I swatched my CPH and cast on yesterday...and here is a photo
of my BACK...at 14.5"...ready for the armhole decreasing.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3238/2367206637_80243ea349.jpg?v=0

So dear knitter, if you would like to join this KAL...you are most welcome!
In post #2 BELOW, I will list a few tips for getting started.

If anyone joins this KAL, I have additional tips & photos ready to go.

Don't fret that I've progressed this far into the sweater.
You want your mentor to be ahead of the game, don't you? :teehee:

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Added on May 15th:
Here is a photo of my completed CPH
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2070/2496020332_c0a3319a3d.jpg?v=0

More photos on page 18. I knit the size 44...but
(on purpose) knit a slightly larger gauge... to render a size 46.

ArtLady1981
03-27-2008, 11:34 PM
1) find the appropriate (gauge) yarn
2) knit a 4"x4" swatch
3) use stitch markers
4) use row markers
5) prepare to knit the pattern as set forth in the design directions

Comments on 1) through 5):
1) www.yarn.com (http://www.yarn.com) carries the Tahki Donegal Tweed and the Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed that I used for both CPH's. Something you might like to know is that WEBS gives a 20% discount on purchases of $60...and 25% discounts on yarn orders reaching $120!
2) knitting a gauge swatch is one of the most important steps for a successful fit
3) stitch markers for cables within the row help a lot!
4) 10-row-repeat row markers help me keep track, with no mistakes... the cable twist is executed on row 3 of each 10-row repeat
5) if we set out to change the construction design of a sweater, we can create more headaches than we believe we are going to avoid! (more to follow on that issue!)

ArtLady1981
03-27-2008, 11:37 PM
MY 6 STITCH MARKERS across the row:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2072/2367317753_92afc4c689.jpg?v=0


My fancy ROW MARKERS! Yes, little red threads, easy to install, easy to see,
and easy to remove before washing and blocking!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/2368040714_e572bbc4b8.jpg?v=0

lactosefree
03-28-2008, 12:44 AM
I have the Cascade 220 superwash and have been told that the yarn really changes after washing/drying. My first step is to swatch a 4x4 piece and then throw it in the wash and dry to get my gauge.

I live in an apartment and don't have a washer and drier on premises so I drop off my laundry and pick it up from wash & fold. I will swatch tonight and then will plan on finding a friend who is willing to wash and dry it for me.

lactosefree
03-28-2008, 02:09 AM
I swatched the Cascade 220 Superwash on size 8 needles and got 18 sts at just a smidgen short of 4" and 25 rows to 4". I blocked the swatch and it did indeed 'grow' a bit.

After careful pinning I was able to get 17 sts and 24 rows to 4" as the gauge calls for. If I really wanted to, I could have stretched it a tiny bit bigger - hopefully this won't impact the final product. I'm hoping that if the finished seamed sweater does grow a bit more that I'd like, a quick tumble in the dry will bring it back a bit.

I think I'm going to go ahead and cast on my first piece. If anyone thinks I should go back and re-swatch/use different needles based on what I wrote above please let me know ASAP. I would love any all feedback as this will be my first sweater.

Thanks!

Oh yea - I was too impatient to find a friend to wash and dry it for me so I just blocked it. I'm hoping that it won't make a huge difference..... fingers crossed!

GiddyKnitter
03-28-2008, 08:43 AM
Hi Artlady
I would love to join you in the CPH KAL.
I am going to finish my Tempting II first...I have 31/2" done on the yolk
so I shouldn't be much longer. Yours is looking great I really like the colour.

ArtLady1981
03-28-2008, 04:24 PM
I swatched the Cascade 220 Superwash on size 8 needles and got 18 sts at just a smidgen short of 4" and 25 rows to 4". I blocked the swatch and it did indeed 'grow' a bit.

After careful pinning I was able to get 17 sts and 24 rows to 4" as the gauge calls for. If I really wanted to, I could have stretched it a tiny bit bigger - hopefully this won't impact the final product. I'm hoping that if the finished seamed sweater does grow a bit more that I'd like, a quick tumble in the dry will bring it back a bit.

I think I'm going to go ahead and cast on my first piece. If anyone thinks I should go back and re-swatch/use different needlesbased on what I wrote above please let me know ASAP. I would love any all feedback as this will be my first sweater.

Thanks!

Oh yea - I was too impatient to find a friend to wash and dry it for me so I just blocked it. I'm hoping that it won't make a huge difference..... fingers crossed!

Hi Susan! :waving:

I am so happy to hear that you are such a diligent swatcher! :cheering:

In other CPH knitalongs, I have read that the Central Park Hoodie sizing runs smallish. So, if you are knitting your size...and if your CPH grows a bit...it will be all good. A lot of knitters say they wished they had known. They would have made a size larger. I am knitting the 44"...because the 48" is way too big. I got PERFECT GAUGE with a US8...so I upped it to a US9...giving me a stitch gauge of 17 st = 4 1/8" instead of 4" exactly. This itsy bit of extra width will give me more 'ease' for the 44" chest size. It didn't affect my row gauge!

I'm going to install a zipper and I don't want my CPH to be a body-hugger when zipped up! :eyes: Aaargh. I want my CPH to resemble a hooded jacket, not a zip-up sweater. Jackets should have room to spare when zipped up.

I took a photo of my BACK, unblocked. It looks fine...but wait til you see how the appearance improves after blocking! I will post comparison photos later! For blocking this CPH, I'll handwash & rinse each piece in lukewarm water using UNICORN FIBER WASH & RINSE, pat out the excess water between bath towels, and then lay out the damp pieces on the blocking board til bone dry. Donegal tweeds are kinda scratchy...even this luxury tweed...and donegal tweeds are kinda chemically smelling from the dye, I think...so washing/rinsing/blocking will soften and freshen the yarn!
The UNICORN FIBER RINSE has the slightest hint of lavendar, and it is lovely! CLICK HERE (http://www.unicornfibre.com/)to visit their website. I bought the 16 oz bottles...and it goes a long long way! The people are quick shippers!

The middle 38 st are reserved on an OPTIONS cable.
These 38 live stitches will be the connectors to the HOOD, later on.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2358/2368808795_80cfc0d089.jpg?v=0

ArtLady1981
03-28-2008, 04:45 PM
Hi Artlady
I would love to join you in the CPH KAL.
I am going to finish my Tempting II first...I have 31/2" done on the yolk
so I shouldn't be much longer. Yours is looking great I really like the colour.

Loverly! Loverly! Happy to have you on board, Pauline! :cheering:

I am lovin' this Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed! I'm so happy with the appearance! It's everything I envisioned! The yarn (purchased at www.yarn.com (http://www.yarn.com)) was $6.71 per sk after that 25% discount!

lactosefree
03-28-2008, 05:54 PM
Artlady - Thanks for all the great advice!

Ok so the way I determined which size to make was sort of a cheater's way. I took my favorite hoodie and zipped it up and put it on the floor and measured the circumference and got about 48. Do you think I should measure my actual body instead?

ArtLady1981
03-28-2008, 06:14 PM
Artlady - Thanks for all the great advice!

Ok so the way I determined which size to make was sort of a cheater's way. I took my favorite hoodie and zipped it up and put it on the floor and measured the circumference and got about 48. Do you think I should measure my actual body instead?

No. If your favorite hoodie has a chest measurement of 48"...then you want your CPH chest measurement to be the 48" at least. I think the measurements that our pattern gives is for FINISHED MEASUREMENTS. I'll go double check myself...but I think that's right.

No, your way IS NOT a cheater's way! It is the smart way! :thumbsup:
It is the way that most designers advise!

ArtLady1981
03-29-2008, 03:04 AM
Here is my photo of my "workbook" for the BACK of this CPH.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3262/2370735688_e299ea7319.jpg?v=0

Notice that I've made a copy of the cable charts, color-coded them, and glued them onto the notebook page, opposite of the first page for the BACK. This color-coding helps me to "learn" the pattern, and not "mis-cross" a cable! Ever done that? :eyes:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3201/2367207163_e47f0848f7.jpg?v=0

ArtLady1981
03-29-2008, 03:13 AM
Here is a photo of my workbook for the LEFT FRONT.
Just the act of re-writing the instructions is an aid to sink the pattern steps into my brain. I know what I am gonna do each step of the way, before casting on. This "homework" speeds up the knitting process. It removes doubt and error, which results in time-consuming days at the frog pond! :teehee:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3113/2374162557_a9127c5975.jpg?v=0

I am almost to the armhole region. Tonight I am knitting away to reach that 14.5"...Repeat 7/Row 4...needed to begin the armhole cast offs. I already know that the LEFT FRONT will measure 14.5" after Repeat 7/Row 4 because my notes from the BACK pieces tell me this. Won't even have to measure. The little red threads are keeping track for me! (the 10-row-repeat markers)

Anyway, some folks think I knit fast. :shrug: I don't.
I knit methodically...with preparation and a clear plan.
I keep a project notebook like this for everything I knit.

lactosefree
03-29-2008, 12:40 PM
wow art lady, you are so organized! :thumbsup:

i'm going to bust out a blank notebook and get started on taking notes. I've never done that before but I must say I think it's a good habit to develop.

I cast on the back and I have about 3 inches of the ribbing with the smaller needles. I noticed that the finished length of the back and side panel is only 14.5", but I would prefer it to be much longer. Will it affect the pattern if I just knit the length following the bigger sizes but keep the width for 48? I wonder if 150 yards is enough to cover that extra length? :think:

lactosefree
03-29-2008, 01:23 PM
There is also a corrections page. One small minor correction. CORRECTIONS PAGE (http://www.knitscene.com/2006/corrections.asp#hoodie)


I downloaded the newer pattern from the website and it does NOT have the correction for the left front from the link above that reads:
Under “Left Front”
Row 2 (WS) *K2, p2; rep from * to end of row.

The pattern I downloaded says Under "Left Front" Row 2 (WS) *P2, k2; rep from * to end.

I was sent a corrections info page that said:

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The errata is also listed below:

Under "Back" on page two, the first sentence after armholes should read:

Armholes: BO 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then 2 sts at beg of foll 2 rows-66 (72, 78, 84, 90, 102, 118, 126) sts rem. Dec row (RS) K2, ssk, work in patt to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2-2 sts dec’d. Work 1 WS row. Rep last 2 rows 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 5, 7) more time(s), then work Dec row every other RS row 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 7, 7, 7) times-62 (68, 74, 80, 86, 80, 92, 96) sts rem.

And under "Right Front" on page 3, the first two rows of instructions after the sizes should read:

Sizes 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)" only:
Row 1 (RS) *P2, k2; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2 (WS) *P2, k2; rep from * to end of row.

Also, on some charts on page 6, the row numbers may have shifted. The corrected charts are now available.
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No reference to the left front. So, I'm assuming they forgot to mention the "Left Front" Row 2 WS error? This would make sense because the back starts off in a rib stitch and if you follow the pattern correction for the right front, it is also a rib stitch.. if i did not fix the left front error, the left front would start off in a ribbed seed stitch...... right?

lactosefree
03-29-2008, 02:35 PM
Upon reading the entire pattern and making notes into my notebook I'm realizing that the 14.5" isn't the completed length.

If I'm interpreting this correctly - the 14.5" back includes the initial 4" ribbing and then i see that there is 9" for the armhole so the total is actually 23.5" for the entire length of the sweater...?

My favorite hoodie that I measured is 22" in length from the bottom to where the hood starts. So if that's the case the CPH will be 1.5" longer, so I don't need to add length.

Am I reading the pattern correctly?

ArtLady1981
03-30-2008, 02:15 PM
Hi Susan! :waving:

I'm sorry I didn't get to open up my 'puter yesterday! We have 4 grandchildren for the weekend, and we took them on a field trip yesterday! By the time I got home, I headed for a hot bath, a glass of wine, and bed! Early for me: 10 pm!

Yes, you are reading the pattern right. Our CPH is 14.5" to the armpits...and with the armhole region added, our CPH will measure 23.5". That is certainly long enough for me! If it's too long it starts to look weird.

I will print the extra ERRATA you found and try to digest it later. I don't know if it will impact the size I am making. I made the 40" for DD...and the 44" for myself...the directions for them don't vary much.

I haven't had any problems so far. I started and ended my ribbing for the BACK with K2's. And then side seam for my LEFT FRONT also starts with a K2. This will not mean that the side seamline will have K4 because 2 of them will be enclosed within the seam...so the seamline will have a K1 on each side of the line. This keeps the continuity of the ribbing true. Did I say that right? :??

Anyway, let me go ahead and post this...and I will read up on the other issues you mentioned and get back to you! :thumbsup:

You are doing a fine job!

I wrote out my RIGHT FRONT workbook/notebook yesterday...and cast on for the RIGHT FRONT ribbing...but had to quit at row 4.
Grandchildren beckoned! "Let's go Gramma!" I knit in the van a little bit, but then started to get kinda rummy. Had to quit.

ArtLady1981
03-30-2008, 02:25 PM
Sizes 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)" only:
Row 1 (RS) *P2, k2; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2 (WS) *P2, k2; rep from * to end of row.

Also, on some charts on page 6, the row numbers may have shifted. The corrected charts are now available.
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No reference to the left front. So, I'm assuming they forgot to mention the "Left Front" Row 2 WS error? This would make sense because the back starts off in a rib stitch and if you follow the pattern correction for the right front, it is also a rib stitch.. if i did not fix the left front error, the left front would start off in a ribbed seed stitch...... right?

U R right! That was the error. They just wrote the ribbing language wrong. When I knit my first CPH...even though I had printed out the correction...I actually forgot to look at it...but ended up doing the 2x2 ribbing correctly out of habit.

Of course, the RIGHT FRONT being a mirror image...any correction for the LF would apply to the RF as well. I forget if they messed up on the RF directions. Nonetheless, keeping our ribbing true is the rule!

:thumbsup:

ArtLady1981
03-30-2008, 03:35 PM
Here is a digital photo of my RIGHT FRONT notebook page.
I made additional notations as I worked on the RIGHT FRONT.
But this is what I write up before casting on one stitch.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2302/2380588726_b0e5a8fec0.jpg?v=0


BTW, if you haven't already figured it out...my notebook language has some mysterious numbers for the rows. To demystify the shorthand:
a number like 11/8 means Repeat11/Row8. In other words...this particular row 8 is within repeat 11.

12/2 means Repeat 12/Row2. Etc.

lactosefree
03-30-2008, 03:56 PM
I wasn't sure how much the yarn would 'grow' in the ribbing since I only swatched on the larger needles, so I knit 3.5" instead of 4".

Then for the back itself I figured I would need around 11" or so after blocking to get the 14.5" total if the ribbing didn't stretch so I calculated that I would need to knit 66 rows since the gauge is 24 rows to 4". I suppose I could have knit to the back a little shorter since I'm thinking the 3.5" ribbing will stretch a bit, but I figured better safe to go longer than shorter.

I'm going to start on the armholes later this evening.

ArtLady1981
03-30-2008, 04:14 PM
Here are some tips to help you along with the LEFT FRONT.

My LEFT FRONT, done...but still needs washing/blocking.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3290/2374240989_5b26d7382f.jpg?v=0

You know that I use little red threads to mark the 10-row-repeats.
This little gold thread is marking something different. It is marking the row on which I started casting off for the armhole. Why? Because we are now instructed to knit away until the armhole is 6.5". All you have to do is measure from the gold thread upwards to get an accurate measurement of your armhole as it progresses!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2416/2375077040_a37ba92461.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3141/2374241107_9bb2bfb8a2.jpg?v=0

This is a shot of the top region of my LEFT FRONT. Note that 10 stitches at the neckline edge have been placed on hold. The new neckline edge is now moved to the right...to the first k stitch beyond the 10 cable stitch repeat. I mention this because I've seen a lot of questions about this step/concept on other knitalongs. :doh:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2252/2374241381_0ca39699fb.jpg?v=0


This is a photo closeup of the 10 st that you will be placing on a holder (I used waste yarn). These 10 stitches will remain unused until later on when they will become a part of the hood. They will continue up and over the hood. Just forget about them for now.
I prefer waste yarn because holders get in the way when I wash the piece and lay it out to block and dry.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2005/2374240861_744f5f39bd.jpg?v=0

closer up
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3156/2374240717_a9ee40b14e.jpg?v=0

ArtLady1981
03-30-2008, 04:20 PM
I wasn't sure how much the yarn would 'grow' in the ribbing since I only swatched on the larger needles, so I knit 3.5" instead of 4".

Then for the back itself I figured I would need around 11" or so after blocking to get the 14.5" total if the ribbing didn't stretch so I calculated that I would need to knit 66 rows since the gauge is 24 rows to 4". I suppose I could have knit to the back a little shorter since I'm thinking the 3.5" ribbing will stretch a bit, but I figured better safe to go longer than shorter.

I'm going to start on the armholes later this evening.

Good work Susan! :thumbsup:

Did you make note of how many ribbing rows you worked to reach your 3.5"? If not, do so. This will help you perfectly duplicate your ribbing to match the FRONTS.

I would simply measure the entire length, ribbing and all...to reach your prescribed 14.5". It will be good however, to make notes about how many repeats and rows you knit for the body (beyond the ribbing) to reach your 14.5" goal...so that you can perfectly duplicate that length for the FRONTS.

mare-nitt
04-01-2008, 06:38 AM
The sweaters are looking good. I love the color of both of them.
Someday, when I am ready for cables, I may tackle this one. It will be a wonderful sweater.

ArtLady1981
04-01-2008, 12:07 PM
Here is a photo of the RIGHT & LEFT FRONTS, completed, but un-blocked. The BACK, RIGHT & LEFT FRONTS will be heading off to the blocking board today. I will remove all my little red row markers first, of course. And the gold armhole cast off row marker.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3239/2380588968_36ff6e646b.jpg?v=0

For the bindoffs along the neckline, I used the "slip the 1st stitch" (rather than knit) in the bind off process to created a smoother line on the neckline.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2234/2379752323_c30d0d6ecf.jpg?v=0

suzeeq
04-01-2008, 12:19 PM
That looks very nice. Why would you need to block it? I don't block things, primarily because they're acrylic or cotton, and don't find I need to. They're the size I want because I use my own gauge instead of trying to match a pattern (which I only use as a basis anyway), though the sts even out a lot with washing. But your piece look really good to me.

ArtLady1981
04-01-2008, 12:35 PM
Here are photos of my SLEEVES notebook.
Two facing pages: one has the general instructions,
the other shows my 'increases' plan/diagram
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3294/2379752135_8d6af5bb91.jpg?v=0

This inc rows diagrams sets forth EXACTLY on which rows I will be doing an increase at each end. Instructions: "inc 1 ea end every 8th row, 10 x's" for my size. I incorporate those increases into the Repeats&Rows because I don't keep track of just rows...but the repeats as well. It is good to place a stitch marker at each end of the rows after you have 1 increase row done. The marker will alert you if you have missed an increase. The most common sleeve increase to miss is the last one on the row. The markers should always have the same number of stitches on the outside of them. If they don't, you can bet you missed increasing at the end of an inc row! Just always check, check, check. The number of increases on each side of the marker should also coincide with the number of circles on your diagram that you have put a mark / through! I mark the green circles off with a / when the increase row is complete.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2134/2379752083_7d04a2d64f.jpg?v=0

This photo demonstrates why it is important to set up your K2P2 ribbing correctly. After the cuff has reached 5", you will be instructed to begin the CHART B cable, placed in the middle of the row. CHART B must begin and end with P2. This works IF your ribbing was set up correctly, as K2-P2 and ending with K2 at the other end.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2085/2380643960_2c473cb64a.jpg?v=0

In this photo, I placed my stitch markers early on, to be certain that my ribbing was going to 'sync' with the CHART B cable placement when the ribbing was 5" and ending.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3047/2379802881_64cf8d8fe3.jpg?v=0

This is a photo of a few rows of the cuffs. Begin your cuffs with K2 (not P2)...and that is the RIGHT SIDE. The row also ends with a K2. I personally prefer to work the 1st and last stitch of every row as an "edge stitch". It promotes easier seaming later on.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2030/2379751969_d8203f55f8.jpg?v=0

ArtLady1981
04-01-2008, 01:26 PM
That looks very nice. Why would you need to block it? I don't block things, primarily because they're acrylic or cotton, and don't find I need to. They're the size I want because I use my own gauge instead of trying to match a pattern (which I only use as a basis anyway), though the sts even out a lot with washing. But your piece look really good to me.

Blocking serves more purposes than sizing. Please believe me when I say...blocking improves the appearance of the garment tremendously, regardless of fiber. The overall finished surface improves greatly! I rarely block to change sizing, or to make pieces match in size. My method of knitting rules out mis-sized pieces in the first place. With this particular CPH, another perk of blocking is that the fibers will bloom and become softer to the touch. Donegal tweeds are kinda scratchy, until after blocking! They significantly improve after hand washing in UNICORN FIBER WASH & RINSE prior to seaming. I pin out the pieces on the blocking board, using blocking wires for the straightaways, and leave the entire mess til bone dry. (I've seen too many CPH's on Ravelry that are horrid in appearance, not due to mistakes in the knitting or yarn choice...but because the garment was not 'finished' with blocking. Hey, but who's asking me? They're happy. I'm happy.)

This baby set, made for a girlfriend's 1st DGD, was knit with acrylic yarn. Blocking improved its appearance a lot! I blocked the hat on something round that was head-size, and misted it down.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2091/1592407262_9fed90b267.jpg?v=0

This is a photo of a sweater set I made my DGS's for Easter a few years ago.
The yarn: Cotton Patine, by Elsebeth Lavold. Blocking perfected the finished surfaces tremendously. Single ply yarns are lovely, but they can knit up weird and unruly. Blocking tames that! Every stitch gets into line during the blocking process.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2211/1761707405_84c0f81484.jpg?v=0

Here is a photo of a sweater set I made my DGD's. The yarn: Rowan All Seasons Cotton. The sweaters were perfectly sized, but the blocking totally improved the stitches! The blocking was used to "polish up" the appearance of the garment! Whenever possible, blocking occurs before seaming.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2030/2193573334_b3eb5d15f2.jpg?v=0

Here is a photo of a Viking Knits sweater that I blocked, of course. It was knit with Lousia Harding "Grace". (70%merino/30%silk blend) The sweater was the right size...but the st st was all wonky. I just hate that. Single ply yarns are notorious for knitting 'wonky' in st st. But blocking saved the day! I couldn't believe it solved the entire issue! The surface of the st st is now perfect. Smooth and finely shaped stitches throughout!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2415/2201596131_f53483b002.jpg?v=0

The photos below show a baby set I knit last year. The yarn is cotton: Elann's Lara. St st and cotton, aaargh! :doh: So many stitches are wonky. The surface of the st st is not even and smooth...UNTIL AFTER BLOCKING! ;) I was so happy with the surface appearance after I blocked the pieces! (I block before seaming) Then, with this baby set, I laid damp handtowels on top again and left til dry. Voila! Like magic! The st st looks like a machine knit! I was pretty bummed out before that.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3153/2380711778_c554f7e6e6.jpg?v=0

Can ya tell that BLOCKING is a pet peeve of mine? :teehee:
Hope you're not sorry you asked! :teehee:

Perhaps this post about blocking helps someone. I have photos of my DD's CPH on the blocking board, which I will post later in this project. The photos show how the blocking wires are threaded through the edge stitches; and several other blocking tips for the CPH.

suzeeq
04-01-2008, 01:49 PM
I wash and dry the washables and yes, it does even out stitches quite a lot, which I think you could get from handwashing the wools and delicates, though you'd lay flat to dry of course. It just looked to me like the CPH pieces were quite nice already.

Thanks so much for the reply and yes it will help others.

GiddyKnitter
04-01-2008, 02:52 PM
If my project measures correctly I just mist it and cover with a towel until it's dry it evens the stitches out wonderfully.x

ArtLady1981
04-01-2008, 04:20 PM
If my project measures correctly I just mist it and cover with a towel until it's dry it evens the stitches out wonderfully.x

Yeah, me too, sometimes. :thumbsup: I have several blocking methods that I use, depending on the project.

Thanks for your input Pauline! :cheering:

And that goes for you,too, Suzeeq! Thanks! :thumbsup:

ArtLady1981
04-01-2008, 05:02 PM
My FRONTS and BACK are washed, rinsed, patted dry, and on the blocking board and will remain there til bone dry. My sweater is already improving in appearance and "feel". The stitches are blooming nicely! And the yarn already feels softer, even while wet!

Here is a good example of how handy dandy edge stitches are! See how easily you can push/thread the blocking wire through the edge stitches?
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3072/2381234134_937155b541.jpg?v=0

Here is a photo of the blocking wire, threaded through all the edge stitches, as seen from the wrong side up.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2073/2380398885_8320d94900.jpg?v=0

Blocking wires are holding the straightaways in place, with minimal pinning.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3106/2381234296_433649c9e4.jpg?v=0


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2346/2381234388_a4fc829fc4.jpg?v=0

lactosefree
04-02-2008, 12:49 AM
Here is my photo of my "workbook" for the BACK of this CPH.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3262/2370735688_e299ea7319.jpg?v=0



Hi Artlady,

I'm finishing my back right now and the pattern for my size says:

"BO 8 sts at beg of next 6 rows. Then BO 0 stitches at beginning of following 2 rows."

Since the second sentence says BO 0 stitches does that mean I just knit 2 rows without any BO, OR does it mean that I don't knit those last 2 rows at all?

I'm looking at your notebook for your 'back' and your notes don't include knitting 2 more rows without binding off so I'm assuming that I won't need to knit 2 more rows and those directions are only there for the bigger sizes.....

I guess I'm just posting this for reassurance since I think I'm going to go ahead BO the next 6 rows and then place my remaining stitches on scrap yarn.... maybe i should leave an extra long tail before snipping the yarn just in case... :oo: (lol the face i just put here is hilarious!)

ArtLady1981
04-02-2008, 03:48 PM
My CPH is the size 44". What size are you making?

I assume you are working on the armholes now. Without knowing what size you are making, just read the directions very literally.
When they say "BO 7 on the NEXT two rows, then BO 2 on the NEXT 2 rows"...it means just exactly that.

Don't let my notebook throw you off. It serves as an example of how I write up my pattern.

After my 4 rows of BINDOFFS on the armhole (worked on Repeat 7, Rows 5,6,7,8...written as 7/5, 7/6, 7/7, 7/8)...then the directions for my size say that the NEXT row will be a DEC ROW. (worked on Repeat 7 Row 9, if you can see my itsy bitsy GREEN ink writings).

Then, Repeat 7 Row 10 (written as 7/10 in the notebook) says EVEN. That means no decreasing on the row.

Then, the very next row (Repeat 8, Row 1...written as 8/1) is another DEC ROW.

Then, my notes say that I am to WORK EVEN (no further decreasing) until the armhole measures 8.5". I reached that measurement by the end of Repeat 12, Row 4 (written in my notes as 12/4) I ended at the end of a WS row...so that the shoulder shaping will commence with RS facing. (this means that I worked 8/2 thru 12/4 without any dec)

I hope this helps! I can't remember if you told me what size you are knitting. :??

lactosefree
04-02-2008, 04:33 PM
I'm sorry I should have clarified.

I was referring to the shoulder section of the back panel. I'm making a size 48" - the largest size of the original pattern. The new pattern has 3 more sizes added on after my size.

I downloaded the new pattern from the Interweave website that has the three additional sizes past the original sizes, and the pattern for the shoulder section for the back for size 48 says:

"BO 8 sts at beg of next 6 rows. Then BO 0 stitches at beginning of following 2 rows."

I was confused if I should go ahead and knit 2 more rows without doing any bind offs since it says to bind off zero stitches, or if I should just not knit the additional 2 rows since I didn't have to bind off.

I looked at your notebook for your 'shoulder' section of the back and you have written "Bind off 7 at the beginning of next 6 rows."
No mention of knitting 2 more rows, so I'm assumed that I didn't need to knit 2 more rows and those directions are only there for the bigger sizes.

I suspect that in the original pattern (the one without the 3 larger sizes) when you look at the directions for the shoulders in the 'back' section it says for size 48 to BO 8 sts at beg of next 6 rows and put remaining 38 sts on a holder.

ArtLady1981
04-02-2008, 05:24 PM
Oh! Thanks for clarifying!

Yes, you are absolutely right. Your instincts were right! After we bind off 7 at the beginning of the next 6 rows...WE are DONE! We put our final 38 st on a holder. (NOTE: the larger sizes have more binding off to do to reach the 38 st for the hood.)

For what it's worth: whenever a pattern is for multiple sizes...and most of them are...whenever the directions for your size say something like BO 0 (0,0,0,7,7,8) on the next row...if your size is one of the first 4 sizes...you just act as if the direction isn't there at all (because it isn't) and move on to the next direction that does apply to your size. I always use a yellow highlighter for all the numbers before starting my notebook. It helps me spot my numbers for the re-write.

That is why I re-write the pattern in my notebook!
I only write what literally applies to my size.

PS: Whereas I downloaded the PDF for the larger sizes...but I am using the actual Knitscene magazine for my pattern. When I made my DD's CPH...the pattern was only available in the magazine. So I ordered the magazine from their website. So, my magazine (CPH pattern) doesn't contain all the mysterious 0's for the PLUS SIZES. That is why your question kinda confused me. But later, I opened up my PDF pattern...and saw the extra pattern 0's!

Happy knitting! You are doing wonderful! :thumbsup:

lactosefree
04-02-2008, 05:38 PM
whenever the directions for your size say something like BO 0 (0,0,0,7,7,8) on the next row...if your size is one of the first 4 sizes...you just act as if the direction isn't there at all (because it isn't) and move on to the next direction that does apply to your size.


Good to know!

I think that section threw me off because in other areas of the pattern it separates out specifically for the larger sizes by saying 'For the last 3 sizes only knit.....' etc.

Anyhow, thanks for taking the time to read and help me with my confusion! I'm now onto the ribbing of the left front panel. Hopefully with less than half the amount of stitches cast on than the back, this part will go pretty quickly.

Hallegold
04-03-2008, 11:29 PM
I've secretly admired your FOs since I joined the forum but now I'm so glad I found this KAL because I have the CPH pattern and will begin knitting it (for my DD) as soon as I purchase the yarn.

Artlady, I wish, wish, wish I lived near you because I would pay you to give me a class in knitting a sweater. I've done a few sweaters but have not been happy with them--even though I've taken care to knit a swatch before each.

I loved seeing your notes and am going to now adopt your practice. I've also loved reading about your blocking techniques. I've not blocked before and am now going to be a blocking convert (what kind of blocking board do you have and where did you purchase it?).

My daughter lives in Chicago so she's not here for me to measure her favorite sweater. What do I tell her to measure? Is it the across the back--from seam to seam?

Thank you so much Artlady!

ArtLady1981
04-04-2008, 02:10 AM
I've secretly admired your FOs since I joined the forum but now I'm so glad I found this KAL because I have the CPH pattern and will begin knitting it (for my DD) as soon as I purchase the yarn.

Artlady, I wish, wish, wish I lived near you because I would pay you to give me a class in knitting a sweater. I've done a few sweaters but have not been happy with them--even though I've taken care to knit a swatch before each.

I loved seeing your notes and am going to now adopt your practice. I've also loved reading about your blocking techniques. I've not blocked before and am now going to be a blocking convert (what kind of blocking board do you have and where did you purchase it?).

My daughter lives in Chicago so she's not here for me to measure her favorite sweater. What do I tell her to measure? Is it the across the back--from seam to seam?

Thank you so much Artlady!


Hi Halle! :waving:

I so appreciate your kind words and compliments! Thank you very much!

To answer your question about the blocking board and accessories:
Knitpicks.com carries the blocking board that I use. It's called the SPACE BOARD (http://www.knitpicks.com/space%20board_AD80012.html). I can't remember which website I purchased mine from. But I think I paid $10 less than Knitpicks, but that was over a year ago. The blocking wires that I use are called LACE BLOCKING WIRES (http://www.knitpicks.com/lace%20blocking%20wires_AD80315.html)and I paid the same as Knitpicks is charging.

However, that said, if the investment into a premium blocking board doesn't fit in the ole budget right now...I will tell you that I used to use one of those foldup/accordian type cutting boards (http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3349&PRODID=prd48124&source=search) (for fabrics) and placed a sheet of
clear vinyl material (http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3081&PRODID=xprd388094&source=search) over it. It works nicely, as long as you can place it on a solid surface like a big kitchen table or the floor.

The blocking wires are a treat! They are absolutely necessary for blocking lace and/or scarves...but they also really speed up the set-up for blocking sweaters! Much less time pinning a zillion pins into the straightaways. But I've only had blocking wires at my beck and call for the past year or so. So for umpteen zillion years...I just did the longhand way! It worked!

So don't feel you have to invest $110 in the premium blocking board and blocking wires. They were a treat that I gave to myself! (That, and a wooden swift and Royal ball winder!) Who else would??

I look forward to helping you with your CPH! I will be available to help you with any questions you have about your yarn choice! Do try to get a yarn that is the correct gauge to start with.

In my opinion, the CPH is one of the easiest cable projects for "new-to-cables" knitters. The cables are simple, and the charts are easy to read, too.

Are you a Raveler yet? If so, mosey on over to my NOTEBOOK page and take a peek at my CPH notes for this blue one...and the green one that I finished a bit ago for my DD.

To answer your question about size and measuring your DD:
Ask her to measure around the fullest part of her chest and her sleeve length (from the top of the shoulder to her wrist bone) Also consider what her overall shape is. Is her waist smaller than her bust and hips? The same? Larger?

I've read a lot of notes and chatter about the CPH on other KAL's and everyone seems to agree...they wish they had made the size larger than they chose. I made the 40" for my DD...and it fits her perfectly. Afterall, it is a jacket! Jackets are supposed to allow room for a shirt! She's a size 6 in dresses and blouses.

The sleeves are supposed to be longish, coming down to the middle
of the hand. The 'waif' look, I call it! Very popular amongst the young!
Nothin' worse than high-water sleeves!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2202/2127856866_ded7b7404f.jpg?v=0

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2151/2127080127_d2f45643fb.jpg?v=0

Stay in touch! I check our KAL numerous times throughout
the day M-F...and on Sat/Sun....I check in at least once.

Hugs,

Artlady aka Dollyce

lactosefree
04-04-2008, 03:01 AM
I've not blocked before and am now going to be a blocking convert (what kind of blocking board do you have and where did you purchase it?).


Hi Hallegold,

I love my blocking board. It's the Sew E-Z Board from Guardian Custom Products (http://www.guardian-tablepad.com/sewez.html) and I paid $85 for it. $60 + $25 shipping.

It's heat resistant if you want to steam your FO right on it (w/out touching your FO of course) and the bottom is covered in this material that feels like felt so it doesn't damage table tops in your house. I have the large size and it folds up in half and has carrying handles.

Like Artlady said it was definitely a treat to myself. Before the board I blocked on my ironing board and/or lots of towels.

I'm happy to see you come on board!

Update on my progress: Currently I'm halfway through my 'left front panel' and moving along at a snails pace. I have to work 13 days in a row and I just got through day 4 today. Tomorrow (Fri) I work 13 hours and then go right back to work on Saturday morning. Bleck. Hopefully once work slows down a bit I can devote more time to knitting.

Hallegold
04-04-2008, 11:44 AM
Thanks so much Artlady and Susan for your replies! :muah:

I am definitely going to treat myself to a blocking board and wires.

My daughter is the same size as your's Artlady so I'm going to make the Size 40 also. I know my daughter and she'll want to wear her CPH as a jacket.

I'm going to order the yarn today--the same as your's only in green.

And yes, I'm on Ravelry (same name) so I will check your CPH notes. I already have you as a Friend. :inlove:

ArtLady1981
04-04-2008, 02:17 PM
My blue CPH is Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed
My DD's CPH is Tahki Donegal Tweed.

I prefer the Debbie Bliss because of its itsy bit of angora (the little white puffs/fleckies/tweedies) in it. ;) It's a skoesh softer,too!

I've seen the green (col#08) Debbie Bliss at my LYS, and it's stunning! I would have purchased it for my DD's...but it wasn't 'out' yet.

ArtLady1981
04-06-2008, 01:43 PM
The two sleeves are done, and on the blocking board.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3252/2392407011_4a2d053394.jpg?v=0

Don't extend the blocking wires into the side edges of the cuffs or you could stretch them out when you spread the wires for the body of the sleeves. I want my cuffs to remain as snug as possible.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2130/2392407517_e3d14ee1b6.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3169/2392407251_537c448cfa.jpg?v=0

My final notebook page for the sleeves:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3264/2392473197_209905c51c.jpg?v=0

ArtLady1981
04-06-2008, 01:49 PM
I will begin with step one of final finishing today: Sewing the shoulder seams, using mattress stitch. Will probably get hood done by tonight. The ribbing will take concentrated efforts however, and so I won't do that when I'm tired or frazzled. Picking up just the right number of stitches for the ribbing is very tricky, and important to have them evenly spaced within sections, and not too few and not too many. Otherwise you will get wonky ribbing bands! Ack! What could be worse?

PAGE ONE
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3098/2392473295_c6202418e3.jpg?v=0

PAGE TWO: I am modifying the ribbing application. You can read
all about it below.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3258/2392472963_2cda10be6d.jpg?v=0

Pat in Ca
04-06-2008, 04:47 PM
Art lady...
As always,thanks for sharing all your professional tips... they are greatly appreciated...I was reading your advice on blocking and wondered how you achieved that edge stitch to poke the blocking wire through.. did you slip the stitch? thanks for helping me understand..

ArtLady1981
04-06-2008, 05:34 PM
Art lady...
As always,thanks for sharing all your professional tips... they are greatly appreciated...I was reading your advice on blocking and wondered how you achieved that edge stitch to poke the blocking wire through.. did you slip the stitch? thanks for helping me understand..

An "edge stitch" is created by "knitting" the first and last stitch of every row, both WS's and RS's.

There are diff ways to create an edge stitch I guess (from Googling the words), but I learned the edge stitch from Elsebeth Lavold, the Swedish "Viking Knits" designer.

I used to put a stitch marker 1 stitch in from each end to remind me to "K" the stitch, coming and going!

It really makes for easier mattress seaming, and of course, blocking with wires!

Thanks for your kind words and compliments!

Will you be joining us for this Central Park Hoodie?
It's very easy, and an adorable hooded jacket, I think, don't you?

Pat in Ca
04-06-2008, 06:12 PM
Thanks for the tip Art Lady... I admired your first central park hoodie and have read through this new knit along...I am concentrating now on my 3rd attempt at a sweater and must stay focused..but I know i will eventually attempt this very cool sweater... and when I do I will have this great knit a long to refer to...your knit alongs are like
encyclopedia's I can refer to when I need them.. I also have been following the tempting II knit along..I am determined to make a sweater that I am proud to wear.. so far , my first two have been ok, but , I have a lot to learn..thanks for all your help, it has really been invaluable!!

lactosefree
04-06-2008, 11:39 PM
Hi Artlady - I'm posting this for reassurance..

So I'm on my 'left front panel' and I'm done with the 7" required for the armhole length and put the 10 stitches on scrap yarn. I am about to start the BO for the neck shaping.

The directions say "keeping in patt, BO 2 sts at neck edge every other row 3 times - 24 sts remain."

If I read your previous post correctly, I'm to slip the first stitch w/out knitting, then knit a stitch, then BO then knit and do the 2nd BO... right?

Cynamar
04-06-2008, 11:49 PM
I like this hoodie a lot. Where can I get the pattern? I cannot access the blog in your link from this network and the issue of the magazine that it was in is not available for backorder. I want to make this when I have a little more practice.

lactosefree
04-06-2008, 11:56 PM
Where can I get the pattern? I cannot access the blog in your link from this network and the issue of the magazine that it was in is not available for backorder. I want to make this when I have a little more practice.

It's on Interweave's Pattern Store site. The direct link is:

http://shop.interweave.com/Central-Park-Hoodie-P204C53.aspx

If you click on that above and it won't let you go there from your network, you can go to www.interweaveknits.com, then click on the link on top that says 'Pattern Store' and then the Central Park Hoodie is a featured best seller on that page. If it doesn't show up as a best seller, you can type in 'Central Park Hoodie' in the search box on the top left.

Cynamar
04-06-2008, 11:57 PM
Thank you! That's the one place I hadn't looked.

ArtLady1981
04-07-2008, 01:36 AM
Hi Artlady - I'm posting this for reassurance..

So I'm on my 'left front panel' and I'm done with the 7" required for the armhole length and put the 10 stitches on scrap yarn. I am about to start the BO for the neck shaping.

The directions say "keeping in patt, BO 2 sts at neck edge every other row 3 times - 24 sts remain."

If I read your previous post correctly, I'm to slip the first stitch w/out knitting, then knit a stitch, then BO then knit and do the 2nd BO... right?

Yes, that's what I do! It produces a smoother edge, no lump.

Cynamar
04-07-2008, 01:40 AM
I found it. Thank you! When I get more practice I'm going to make this. I think even my daughter will want one. She won't let me make her anything except scarves.

Debkcs
04-07-2008, 02:13 AM
Do you think it would be possible to 'sticky' this thread? Later this summer I'm going to be able to start a CPH, and don't want all this information to be gone.

So many projects, so little time!

ArtLady1981
04-07-2008, 02:28 AM
Do you think it would be possible to 'sticky' this thread? Later this summer I'm going to be able to start a CPH, and don't want all this information to be gone.

So many projects, so little time!

I'm checking into the possibility of Sticky-ing it. Have to check with the other Mods and Admins.

But, I don't think the information 'goes away'. It just sinks to the bottom of the barrel if new posts aren't bumping it up to the top. I wouldn't personally 'bump' something just for that reason. Seems unfair.

If the Sticky thing is something we can't do...you could always 'bookmark' it.

Just open the thread to PAGE 1...and then go up and SAVE it in your bookmarks (on Firefox) or FAVORITES (on Internet Explorer).
Any internet browser you use will have some kind of bookmark/favorites feature.

I will post later about the Sticky factor.

Just a note: if everything of importance and/or value gets Stickied...the Sticky section loses it own value to a degree. So the Admins and Senior Mods will have to weigh in on this. I'm still a newbie Mod!

And, thank you for the compliment, that you value my KAL so much!

lactosefree
04-07-2008, 02:31 AM
Do you think it would be possible to 'sticky' this thread? Later this summer I'm going to be able to start a CPH, and don't want all this information to be gone.


You could subscribe to this thread. That's what I do with threads that I want to refer to later on.

On the top of this thread there is a pull down menu that says 'Thread Tools'. When you click on the little triangle next to it, there is a link that lets you subscribe to the thread.

You can keep track of all your subscribed threads in your User Settings. On the very top of this web page there is a little icon of a person and next to it, it says 'User Settings'. When you click on it, there is a menu on the left side. Under 'Subscribed Threads' there is a link called 'List Subscriptions'.

lactosefree
04-07-2008, 02:38 AM
Progress update:

Back and Left Front Panel complete! :woohoo: I'm going to cast on for the Right Front Panel tomorrow.

ArtLady1981
04-07-2008, 02:41 AM
Progress update:

Back and Left Front Panel complete! :woohoo: I'm going to cast on for the Right Front Panel tomorrow.

:cheering::cheering::cheering::cheering: WAY TO GO!!! :thumbsup:

And, the Right Front will go faster than the Left Front!

ArtLady1981
04-07-2008, 04:14 PM
Do you think it would be possible to 'sticky' this thread?

It would be impossible to post all of our great KAL's in the Sticky section. And if just one particular KAL goes there, it would be unfair.

The best way to keep track of any KAL is:
a) bookmark it in your browser, or
b) "subscribe" to it...and then you can visit your KH User Settings and look under your Subscriptions to find it again

Thanks again for your interest in this KAL! :hug:

ArtLady1981
04-07-2008, 10:04 PM
The HOOD is finished, and is on the blocking now!

Due to the fact that the HOOD is "knit onto" the body directly, as opposed to being knit separately and seamed ontothe body later,
I had to hold it over/into the basin of fiber wash without getting the body wet again. Then again for the fiber rinse in the same manner. I squeezed out the excess water, patted between two thick bath towels...then laid it out on the blocking board. It will sit there til bone dry.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2397651096_53f1f6e530.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3223/2397650984_13389605b6.jpg?v=0

After that, I'll seam the top of the hood only...*then pick up ALL THE STITCHES for the ribbing band in one fell swoop: starting at the bottom edge of the Right Front, up over the HOOD, and down the Left Front to the bottom edge. Yeah, a lot of stitches...but the outcome will be worth it. Will have to be extra careful to pick up the right amount of stitches per 6" section. That's a lot of ribbing to yank out if the thing puckers (from too many stitches) or "bows" from too little stitches. I use the pick-up number given by the pattern as a "guideline". I'll pick up two ribbing stitches for every 3 st on the jacket edge. But more about that later.

*[The pattern directions say to add the ribbing to each side and half the HOOD separately...then seam the top of the HOOD with the ribbing already on. Ack. You can't hide that seam front the frontal view. That is the one thing I didn't like about my DD's CPH.]
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2415/2397688390_5fec0ca14b.jpg?v=0

ArtLady1981
04-11-2008, 03:34 PM
All of my blocking is finished, and oh my...my yarn is so soft and wuscious! The stitches have bloomed real nice! The cables look polished and spiffy. I'll be casting on for the ribbing today or Monday. Then on to seaming, and the zipper later in the week.

The picking up of stitches for the ribbing bands is critical to the overall polished appearance of the sweater.

Here are a few of my steps:

a) fold the left front in half vertically...place a pin on the fold line...then fold the halves in half again, and place pins on those spots, too. This evenly divides my left front into 4 sections. I'll do the same for the hood, and right front. May even consider folding those 4 in half, too, for 8 sections.

b) pick up the same number of stitches in each section of the left and right fronts

c) pick up 2 stitches for every 3 stitches on the garment edge...it produces a nice even rib, without rippling, or, distortion/curving (as stated previously, too many stitches produces rippling or waves...too few stitches produces distortion or curving)

d) I use a smallish Crystal Palace (smooth wth no bumps or thumb rests) bamboo crochet hook to pick up the stitches and load them onto my circ...picking up about 10 at a time onto the crochet hook before sliding them off at the other end and onto the circ, careful to situate them knitwise on the circ...I place red stitch markers for every 10 stitches, and blue stitch markers for the sections.

e) I like the picked up stitches to fit tight tight tight onto the circ...this will ensure that the picked up row isn't loosey-goosey looking as it lays between the actual garment and the ribbing. I load them onto the circ as tight as possible but still knitable. That's where KP OPTIONS are very helpful.

NOTE: If a section needs 24 stitches...then there will be two red markers marking the 2-10 sts...and 4 left over stitches will be alone just before the blue end-of-section marker.

This marking of stitches and sections for the picked-up row is very helpful, and reduces time spent counting and re-counting, or worse, guessing.

Anyhoo, I'll take a digital photo of my 'picked-up and stitch-markered' row for you and insert it later. When this row is all picked up...the next row begins the 2x2 rib pattern. I plan the bottom edges to end with K2 on the Right Side.

f) important not to scrimp with those last two knits at the bottom edges...I place the last picked up knit stitch over or a little beyond the edge. I like my last two K2's to be even steven with the bottom edges of the Right and Left Fronts. It's a pet peeve. My bad!

lactosefree
04-16-2008, 12:01 AM
Just a quick update:

Finally finished with the Right Front. I will cast on for sleeves this weekend.

ArtLady1981
04-16-2008, 04:55 PM
Just a quick update:

Finally finished with the Right Front. I will cast on for sleeves this weekend.

Good for you Susan, and thanks for the update! :cheering::cheering::cheering:

My CPH ribbing is done. YEAH! Got it right the first time! Was worried about all the frogging and re-knitting if I had picked up too few or too many stitches for the ribbing! I seamed the top of the hood first, then picked up ALL the ribbing stitches for both fronts and the hood. 360 stitches. :pout: I made my ribbing extra wide, too. (About 2.5")

At this moment, it's awaiting its turn on the blocking board. I'll block the ribbing by simply pinning it into place and misting it heavily, leave til bone dry. That hood seam needs work, too. It needs to be flattened out by blocking. I don't know...I might have to block that seam separately by placing a wad of plastic bags inside and then mist the tar out of it. I did the plastic bags trick with a baby bonnet a few months back.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2230/2419680090_97aeaca151.jpg?v=0

Then, on to the seaming of the sides and sleeves, and then the zipper!

BTW: After I finished the hood, I pinned the side seams and tried it on! (no sleeves attached) It fits great! The hood is roomy and "Little Red Riding Hood" in appearance. I like a loose-ish hood so's it doesn't completely ruin the hair-do! Just flip it up, or flip it back. The photo doesn't show the full size of the hood because I have it tucked in.

A baby's cardigan is drying on the blocking board at this moment...but should be dry later today.

lactosefree
04-16-2008, 05:26 PM
ArtLady,

Your CPH looks fabulous!!! Did you block your two fronts and back while you were knitting your sleeves or did you wait until the sleeves were finished? I'm thinking I should get a move on them this weekend.

ArtLady1981
04-16-2008, 05:38 PM
Yes, I blocked the Fronts and Back together while I was knitting the sleeves. The blocking board was crammed! All 5 pieces wouldn't fit anyways!

I never block the Back til the Fronts are both done in case something has to be frogged and re-knit due to an error or something.

I also leave all my little red thread row markers til blocking occurs.
They are removed just prior to handwashing for the blocking process.

Same goes for the sleeves. They are blocked together as well!

lactosefree
04-16-2008, 05:48 PM
Ok I will block the two front panels and back this weekend while I start on my sleeves.

I just spent $35 buying yarn to make my sister's CPH - that price includes shipping!!!

My crazy sister is totally into the color orange and I found this great sale at littleknits.com:

https://www.littleknits.com/products.php?cat=623

I hope the color really is something like the picture. It says it's on clearance due to the off-shade. For $35 I can't be too picky right? :)

She lives in southern CA where it's pretty warm most of the year so I really like that the yarn is cotton/wool blend.

ArtLady1981
04-17-2008, 03:31 AM
Susan! I think the yarn is FABULOUS! It should knit up really nicely!
A cotton/wool blend will be soft and should keep her warm when she needs it!

WOW! What a great price!!! Can hardly wait to see your swatch!
Please post a photo of your 4"x4" swatch!

missmom31
04-17-2008, 04:04 PM
is it too late to join?? i have a question on the left back i am doing...do you start binding off on a wrong side row?? and if so, would you slip the purl stitch and continue the bind off?? thanks...

lactosefree
04-17-2008, 04:39 PM
is it too late to join?? i have a question on the left back i am doing...do you start binding off on a wrong side row?? and if so, would you slip the purl stitch and continue the bind off?? thanks...


Of course it's not too late to join! :)

When you say 'left back' do you mean you're doing the back panel right now, or are you looking at the wrong side of the left front panel?

If you're doing the back panel and you're on the 'armhole' section when you first start binding off, you bind off the first 2 rows, so you bind off the rs and the ws.

If you're doing the left front panel and you're on the 'armhole' section you bind off on the rs rows.

I only slipped the first stitch when binding off on the 'neck edge' sections of the left and right front panels.

I hope this is helpful... I'm reading back on what I wrote now and i'm not sure if I answered your question... :think:

missmom31
04-17-2008, 09:51 PM
Thank you, Lactosefree for your timely response to my earlier post. I was not at all clear on my question. I have finished the back and am working on the left front. I have just begun the neck section and have knitted the first ten stitches and have them on a holder, and finished this wrong sided row. Should I knit the next row, the right sided row and then start the BO on the neck edge on the wrong side row?? And do you suggest I slip the first stitch, work the next stitch and BO with the slipped stitch and continue on?? My BO stitches would be on a wrong side row, is this correct?? Thanks again for any help you can offer.:muah:

lactosefree
04-17-2008, 10:09 PM
Should I knit the next row, the right sided row and then start the BO on the neck edge on the wrong side row?? And do you suggest I slip the first stitch, work the next stitch and BO with the slipped stitch and continue on?? My BO stitches would be on a wrong side row, is this correct?? Thanks again for any help you can offer.:muah:


Yep, that's how I did it. :)
I worked the 10 sts and put them on a holder and knit to the end of the WS row. The next row, which is a RS row, was knit even and then the row after that (WS) I did my first BO row by slipping the first purl stitch and then purling 1 st and then hopping off, purling another and hopping off for 2 BO sts. The next two BO rows are also on the WS.

missmom31
04-17-2008, 10:24 PM
Thank you so much for clearing that up for me!! I think I have it now, I will try it in the morning. I hope sometime I can help you out! Thanks again. Isn't this KAL great??? The CPH is a real beauty and the tutorials on this site are awesome. Again, my thanks for your help.

lactosefree
04-18-2008, 12:57 PM
You're welcome! Glad to have another person making the hoodie with us.

I took a vacation day today so I'm actually home from work! :woohoo: I'm about to block my back and front panels in a few minutes. Then, I'm going to knit on a beanie i'm making a friend for his birthday. I'm hoping the beanie doesn't take more than a couple of hours. After that I'm casting on for the sleeves.

I'm going to try and make the most of my day off by committing it to knitting! :)

missmom31
04-18-2008, 04:04 PM
I hope you knitting day is going well! Enjoy. I started the other front piece today at a knitting group I go to. I didn't want to try to do anything that takes any concentration (like binding off!!). Have a great weekend and good luck with the beanie and sleeves. :knitting: Patty

ArtLady1981
04-18-2008, 08:02 PM
All things told, my CPH took 1164 yds of Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed, which is 12 skeins @ 97 yds each.

This is so perplexing! The pattern says I would need 9 skeins of Tahki Donegal Tweed (183 yds per skein) for the size 44". So I should've minimally used 1647 yds at least!

CLICK HERE (http://shop.interweave.com/store/Central-Park-Hoodie-P204C0.aspx) to view the CPH pattern yarn requirements.

Even though I substituted yarn...yardage is yardage, right?

This is a HUGE MYSTERY. :??

The difference between 1,647 and 1,164 is 483 yards for pities sake! :eyes: And, to top it off...I used a larger needle than perfect gauge so that my hoodie would measure out to a size 46".

(A US8 gave me 'perfect' gauge...so by using a US9...I got a larger width...making my hoodie about a 46" instead of a 44". With that information, I shoulda needed MORE YARN, not less...right?? :shrug: )

missmom31
04-18-2008, 09:08 PM
I have a question for ArtLady, if she would be willing to reply. Am I to understand that you knit one stitch at the beginning and end of the row to allow for finishing?? So lets say the pattern calls for a cast on of 20 stitches, you would instead cast on 22, allowing for the addition one knit stitch at the beginning and one at the end of each row? Are these stitches actually knitted or are they slipped?? I have read of this before and some like it and some don't. I really enjoy your help on this KAL for the CPH. Thank you.

lactosefree
04-18-2008, 09:33 PM
http://lh3.ggpht.com/susanyoo/SAlKiHMdJSI/AAAAAAAAAfQ/XCq0nxagn1w/s400/cphblock.jpg

It took me forever to pin the front panels and the back. I am such a perfectionist it's ridiculous. In the past I've only blocked little pieces and since this is my first sweater, I was exhibiting extra perfectionistic tendencies. Then in the middle of it all, I ran out of blocking pins! After a trip to the LYS and much fussing the three pieces are on the board drying.

The beauty in all this is realizing that blocking my swatch really paid off. When I was determining how many rows to knit for the length, I calculated based on the swatch - not based on actual measurements.

My blocked swatch said 6 rows would equal 1 inch after blocking. So when the pattern said knit until armhole is 9 inches, I actually knit 9x6=54 rows instead of knitting until the tape measure said it was 9 inches. Had I not blocked the swatch and used true measurements my hoodie would be huge since my swatch grew after blocking. Apparently this is quite common for superwash wools.

When I bought the yarn I calculated true measurements not knowing how the blocked swatch would turn out. I think I'm going to have a lot of yarn left over when this done.

I was going to cast on the sleeves today, but I think I'm going to wait until tomorrow.

ArtLady1981
04-18-2008, 10:48 PM
I have a question for ArtLady, if she would be willing to reply. Am I to understand that you knit one stitch at the beginning and end of the row to allow for finishing?? So lets say the pattern calls for a cast on of 20 stitches, you would instead cast on 22, allowing for the addition one knit stitch at the beginning and one at the end of each row? Are these stitches actually knitted or are they slipped?? I have read of this before and some like it and some don't. I really enjoy your help on this KAL for the CPH. Thank you.

If the pattern says Cast on 20, I cast on 20. However, no matter what the pattern row directions say...I always KNIT the first and last stitch OF EVERY ROW, both Right Side facing and Wrong Side facing.

This forms a little vertical garter st on both edges/ends of the row, and these stitches at each end are referred to as "edge stitches".
It helps with mattress seaming later on down the pike.

However, it's not essential to the overall outcome of your CPH. It's just a preference of mine, and some others, to create that neat little edge stitch. Sometimes some patterns will not allow for it, and I have to give it up. For scarves, for example, I create an edge stitch that involves that "slip the first stitch of every row" without knitting it. (just the first stitch, not the last stitch of the row; the last stitch is worked in pattern) Maybe that is where your confusion stems from.

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Here is what a "slip the first stitch of every row" edge stitch looks like. You slip it without knitting it at the beginning of the row. You have to be careful to watch that you don't twist it. You always have to stop at the ends of every row and look at it. If it is not right, then you have to set it right. The error happens by where you have put your working yarn when you knit the 2nd stitch after slipping the first stitch, if that makes sense!

It forms a cool looking edge stitch! I use it for all my scarves, if possible. For scarves, I add two extra stitches (not included in the patterning) for these very special edge stitches:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1094/1369759881_b8ad7465ee.jpg?v=0

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Can you see the edge stitches on the left edge here near the top of my Left Front,just below where the 10 st were put onto waste yarn? They are kinda rolling a bit, but you can see them real well I think:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2005/2374240861_744f5f39bd.jpg?v=0

You can kinda see how helpful the edge stitch in this photo. See how easy it was to insert the blocking wires into the side edges of the Front? You just slip it/run it through those edge stitches (garter stitches actually).
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3072/2381234134_937155b541.jpg?v=0

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2073/2380398885_8320d94900.jpg?v=0

lactosefree
04-18-2008, 11:58 PM
Yipes! I almost blocked the bottom part of one of my front panels 1 inch short in width. :oo: I was looking at it and it just didn't look right... good thing I caught it before it dried!

missmom31
04-19-2008, 07:43 AM
Thank you so very much, Artlady, for the wonderful explanation of the edge stitch! I am going to try it on my next sweater, I think I will be a convert. It does look like it makes the blocking and finishing much easier. Again, thank you so very much for your edge stitch explanation and all of your expertise on this KAL.
Patty

missmom31
04-19-2008, 07:51 AM
I love the color of your CPH, Lactosefree! It looks like you've done an excellent job of knitting and blocking it also, it's hard to believe it's your first sweater!!! I also make quilts and I know full well all the hard work involved in making sure each step (the pressing, cutting and sewing an accurate 1/4 inch seam etc.) is done correctly saves many a headache and heartache in the end. Well done!!! :cheering:
Patty

ArtLady1981
04-19-2008, 11:21 AM
Hi Patty! :waving:

I've been distracted :eyes: this week...a kitchen re-model because of a small kitchen fire. The contractor has been here everyday for the past week!

Did I tell you how happy we are to have you with us in this KAL??
I think I forgot. :oops:

:grphug: This is us, hugging you! WELCOME! :muah:

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Hi Susan! :waving:

I think I see the Front panel that you didn't stretch out as wide...the Right Front panel ribbing seems to be stretched out a bit more in the photo you took before fixing it. I didn't notice it til you mentioned it in a later post!

Good catch!!! All's well that ends well!

Good idea, all that math you did for figuring out your rows and inches for the armhole! Way to go! :thumbsup:

lactosefree
04-19-2008, 02:01 PM
I also make quilts and I know full well all the hard work involved in making sure each step (the pressing, cutting and sewing an accurate 1/4 inch seam etc.) is done correctly saves many a headache and heartache in the end.


I had to give props to you after reading the above.

This past winter I knit the cabled blanket by Debbie Bliss as a baby shower gift for my then-mom-to-be-friend and I had all these grandiose notions that I was going line the blanket.

When the time came, I went to the fabric place, bought all the goods and then spent 8 hours trying to put the batting and sew the lining and the little hem thing.

The blanket won. After spending a good part of the day and all night trying to get it right and cutting the pieces all wrong I nearly had a full fledged little kid style tantrum.

I now appreciate and highly admire all people who quilt and sew!

missmom31
04-19-2008, 06:38 PM
I am sure, Lactosefree, that with all of the painstaking care and attention you give to your knitting (from swatching, measuring, knitting and blocking perfectly) you would be an excellent quilter, too!:knitting:
I started my CPH a long time ago and my knitting bag it was in was misplaced. I found it the other day and re-started it again. I am doing the largest size, and I don't recall who I am knitting it for 1:think: I think my sister, but I am not sure. I don't think it will fit her...it may be too big, she has since lost some weight, but I am going to carry on and finish it. My next one will have a notebook like Artlady has shown us. And I am going to follow your "swatch math"...that was impressive!
I am trying to recover from a nasty fall on black ice (you gotta love New England!!) about two months ago. I was out for a power walk :) and never saw the black ice and fell on my dominant arm. I have torn tendons and the lining to the bone (who knew we even had that??) also becomes re-torn if I over-do. So I can only knit for short periods of time without pain and swelling. Thats what rest and ice are for, right??? :cheering: It's worth it, though, as I watch the cable rising and more and more of the sweater getting done!!
Patty

missmom31
04-19-2008, 06:46 PM
Thank you, Artlady, for the warm welcome to the CPH KAL! I hope all is going well with the kitchen re-model...the fire must have been very frightening. It's very disruptive having people working in your home, isn't it? Fingers crossed they will be gone soon and you will have many pleasant hours in your new kitchen.
Again, thanks for this wonderful KAL...your work has been an inspiration to me and I am sure many, many others.
Patty

lactosefree
04-20-2008, 07:05 PM
I'm writing out the sleeves in my notebook and I'm thinking that 5" of ribbing for the cuff seems like a lot. My favorite hoodie that I measured only has a ribbed cuff of 2.5". I'd like to knit the cuff of my CPH until it's 3".

When I measured my hoodie, the length of the sleeve from the cuff to the armhole join running long the underside of the sleeve is 19". To be safe I'm going to knit my sleeve until it's 20". (My size of the CPH calls for me to knit until 20.5" before starting the sleeve cap.)

If I were to follow the pattern for the size I'm making to the tee I would knit 15.5" in pattern for the sleeve (after the cuff, before the cap). (20.5" total (minus) 5" for the cuff = 15.5")

I'm thinking I'm going to knit 17" in pattern for the sleeve before I start the sleeve cap. (20" total (minus) 3" for the cuff = 17").

Does this make logistical sense to anyone else besides me?

ArtLady1981
04-21-2008, 03:04 AM
Susan, you are inspiring! :thumbsup:

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Haven't been able to check in til now...it is Sunday night, 11:50 pm.

My contractor gave me some 'homework' over the weekend while he's off. :pout: I had to clean out every drawer and every cupboard, take up the ugly old curling vinyl on the bottoms of the drawers and cupboards, lay new shelf paper, and re-seat all the contents before he gets here at 9 am to begin the process of cleaning, priming and painting the cupboards! (not the doors and drawer-fronts...they are being built over the next week or so). The inside of the cupboards is not his part of the contract...and he said it's better that I do all that deconstruction, etc. before he paints the cupboards to remove any chance that we'd knick them or scratch the newly painted cupboards.

I am so sore I can hardly walk. I have climbed up my little ladder so many times I can't count. I have squatted down and leaned into so many cupboards my back is breaking!

But, in the end...it feels so good to have all my cupboards and drawers re-organized and freshened up with new white shelf paper!

I have a boatload of stuff at one end of the dining room that is earmarked for the Good Will, after my DD picks through! She has already carted off 2 bags and 2 boxes! TeeHee! She's coming back tomorrow afternoon for more! I have given her lots of quality stuff. A brand new, never touched Jack LaLane juicer, an electric iced tea maker, an ice cream maker! I just don't need so much stuff. I don't entertain like I used to, and she does entertain a lot. I had enough drinking glasses for a family of 12! I only kept 6 tumblers and 4 juice glasses!

I'm a softie for mugs though. I kept all but 2 of my mugs. Oh, and tea cups...but they all fit in one cupboard! :eyes:

My CPH is ready for seaming up the sides and arms. I have to shop around for a 22" separating jacket zipper. I looked at Joann's the other day (I creeped out of the house and drove over real quick!) and they have a marine blue. Too blue. And, no grey. Grey would work.

I'll try a bigger Joann's Etc that is about 15 miles from here after the contractor is done with the painting, and waiting for the cupboard doors to be finished. He subs out that work.

Then there is always that online custom zipper website.

Hugs, and good night ladies! :hug:

wends
04-21-2008, 07:47 AM
I hope to make the CPH at some point this year. I have 3 things on the needles now and don't want to spend anymore money on yarn just yet but I do know I want to use tweed.

I hope this KAL keeps going and going. :aww:

lactosefree
04-21-2008, 04:19 PM
Susan, you are inspiring!


Thanks Dollyce! Wait, so does that mean it makes sense? LOL
I actually posted that as a question since I've never knitted sleeves before and wasn't sure if that was logical?

I'm glad to hear your kitchen is coming along! :)

ArtLady1981
04-22-2008, 03:39 PM
Thanks Dollyce! Wait, so does that mean it makes sense? LOL
I actually posted that as a question since I've never knitted sleeves before and wasn't sure if that was logical?

I'm glad to hear your kitchen is coming along! :)

Yes, that means you make perfect sense! :muah:

Didn't open my 'puter at all yesterday. Busy, with the contractor here. Today he's busy doin' something else, and will stop by later today to bring me a new breadboard (solid wood)...and take me to HomeDepot or Lowe's to buy a new screen door, and install it.

Phew. Second coat of paint is tomorrow...and then I can put my kitchen counters back together...and then Kitchen cupboard doors come next week.

I finished a baby cardigan and two hats today...just need 5 red buttons for it, and a zipper for my CPH. Have to get an afternoon free to run over to the Joann's Etc. :eyes: I'm dying to get it done!

Will start a blue and white tweed baby jacket later today, for that same baby, due in July.

Sorry, I just noticed....this is beginning to look like my DIARY! :doh:

robynbird
04-22-2008, 05:37 PM
I want to make this sweater soooo bad! I need to find affordable yarn for my size. I'm thinking of Cascade Eco....

missmom31
04-22-2008, 05:45 PM
Dear Robynbird~the CPH is fun to make and this kal is an awesome tutorial for it. It has been a great help to me. You mentioned you wanted to get some affordable yarn for your CPH~have you checked out "Web's America's Yarn Store"?? They are having a great sale, I just got some Cascade there on a great sale....Patty

missmom31
04-22-2008, 05:47 PM
Lactosefree...how are those sleeves coming along??

robynbird
04-22-2008, 07:17 PM
Dear Robynbird~the CPH is fun to make and this kal is an awesome tutorial for it. It has been a great help to me. You mentioned you wanted to get some affordable yarn for your CPH~have you checked out "Web's America's Yarn Store"?? They are having a great sale, I just got some Cascade there on a great sale....Patty

Actually I have - the concern I have is that in checking out Ravelry - like Artlady - many aren't using as much yardage as thought needed. When I figure out the yardage for my size it's about 3200 - that's a lot! So I am in search of those who are my size who made it to see the exact yardage used so I can get a better estimate. I'm ok with needing to buy an extra skein or two but want it to be reasonable if possible.

missmom31
04-22-2008, 08:44 PM
I know what you are saying, Robynbird, about buying too much yarn for the CPH. I am pretty sure that I am going to have a fair amount of surplus yarn for mine...I will let you know.

lactosefree
04-22-2008, 10:35 PM
Lactosefree...how are those sleeves coming along??


I just got done with my 3" cuff on one of my sleeves. It's slowly coming along. I know this is terrible to say, but I always feel guilty when I'm knitting my CPH because it's for me and I have no deadline.

I have an afghan on needles right now for a wedding gift, a lace scarf for a birthday present that is way over due and a scarf that I never finished for my sister.

But, I always make a little bit of time each day so that I can see progress. :)

missmom31
04-23-2008, 09:09 AM
sounds like you are really busy with the knitting projects, Lactosefree!:knitting: Which pattern are you using for the wedding afghan gift?? My nephew just got engaged and I am contemplating doing an Irish knit afghan or a quilt for his wedding gift.

lactosefree
04-23-2008, 12:27 PM
I am doing the Burridge Lake Afghan (http://knitandknag.blogspot.com/2008/04/new-projects-all-around-and-burridge.html) for the wedding present. So far I have it charted, and I have about 6 rows of the first panel completed. The wedding is in August so I really need to get a move on it.

missmom31
04-23-2008, 01:45 PM
The Burridge Lake Aran Afghan is stunning!!!! It is certainly a work of love, how fortunate the newlyweds are to be receiving this heirloom from you. Would you be willing to post photos of your progress??

lactosefree
04-23-2008, 02:12 PM
The Burridge Lake Aran Afghan is stunning!!!! It is certainly a work of love, how fortunate the newlyweds are to be receiving this heirloom from you. Would you be willing to post photos of your progress??

I'll be posting progress on my blog (see link below my signature) :)

missmom31
04-23-2008, 04:43 PM
I have another question for Artlady...I have slipped the first stitch in the neck bind-off and I do like the smooth results. I did not slip the first stitch for the shoulder bind-off on the left front of my cph and have a stair-step result. Should I have slipped the first to achieve a smoother edge there as well? When you suggested knitting the first and last stitch in every row to achieve that lovely edge, do you do the same when binding off?? Thank you in advance. Patty

robynbird
04-24-2008, 12:57 AM
I know what you are saying, Robynbird, about buying too much yarn for the CPH. I am pretty sure that I am going to have a fair amount of surplus yarn for mine...I will let you know.

Thanks! I gave in - I found this (http://www.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=elann%2Ecom+Peruvian+Highland +Donegal&Season=&Company=&Cat=ALLY&ProductType=5&OrderBy=&Count=34)at Elann.com and fell in love. I ordered it today in the mineral rose color and should have it this weekend. :)

missmom31
04-24-2008, 08:13 AM
the color of the yarn is gorgeous~it will be terrrific at a CPH, Robynbird. Looking forward to seeing your progress!:knitting: Patty

ArtLady1981
04-24-2008, 01:01 PM
I have another question for Artlady...I have slipped the first stitch in the neck bind-off and I do like the smooth results. I did not slip the first stitch for the shoulder bind-off on the left front of my cph and have a stair-step result. Should I have slipped the first to achieve a smoother edge there as well? When you suggested knitting the first and last stitch in every row to achieve that lovely edge, do you do the same when binding off?? Thank you in advance. Patty

Hi Patty!

Sorry I wasn't able to sign in on my 'puter yesterday. The contractor was here all day, and then, in the afternoon, grandchildren were dropped off for an overnight. Fun, but exhausting. :eyes: I feel wiped out today!

I do slip the first stitch for the shoulder bind-offs as well. It does acheive a smoother 'line' for later mattress seaming! If you want, it would be easy enough to pull out those few shoulder bind-off rows and work that 'slip-the-first-stitch' trick.

No, for the particular shoulder bind-off rows...I do not use the edge stitch for the armhole leading edge, because instead of knitting it (for an edge stitch), I am slipping it without knitting it. But I still maintain the edge stitch for the neckline edge.

ArtLady1981
04-24-2008, 01:07 PM
Thanks! I gave in - I found this (http://www.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=elann%2Ecom+Peruvian+Highland +Donegal&Season=&Company=&Cat=ALLY&ProductType=5&OrderBy=&Count=34)at Elann.com and fell in love. I ordered it today in the mineral rose color and should have it this weekend. :)

OHHHHHHHH I know I know!!!!!! I had seen this yarn myself, in an email Elann sent me! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! I am sooooo tempted.....but, I am on the Stash Wagon this year! I've used up all my Rewards Yarn right now.

I love your color choice, Mineral Rose!

By the way this yarn is spun, it looks soft! Oh my. You'll have so much fun!

I'm sure you noted that the skeins are 109 yards each. And what a great price!!!! Whoo Hooo!
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I haven't made it to the Joann's Etc for my zipper yet.:pout: Today is a free day, so I should run over there if I can summon up some incentive and energy!

robynbird
04-24-2008, 06:01 PM
OHHHHHHHH I know I know!!!!!! I had seen this yarn myself, in an email Elann sent me! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! I am sooooo tempted.....but, I am on the Stash Wagon this year! I've used up all my Rewards Yarn right now.

I love your color choice, Mineral Rose!

By the way this yarn is spun, it looks soft! Oh my. You'll have so much fun!

I'm sure you noted that the skeins are 109 yards each. And what a great price!!!! Whoo Hooo!
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I haven't made it to the Joann's Etc for my zipper yet.:pout: Today is a free day, so I should run over there if I can summon up some incentive and energy!

Thank you Artlady! I am "supposed" to be on the stash train but all the projects I want to make require more than one or two skeins and that is what my stash is mainly. I think I might try to sell off what i have since I can't see myself using it.

I wanted the Donegal tweedy look and when I found it at Elann.com (whom I LOVE) I couldn't resist anymore. The yardage was pretty awesome at the price so I bought ahem...22 skeins. yikes!

ArtLady1981
04-25-2008, 02:45 AM
I'm having a devil-of-a-time resisting that yarn, Robyn! Oh my...:pout:

When you get your yarn, let us know! Post a photo of one skein!
A good closeup! OK?

:woot:

robynbird
04-25-2008, 10:04 AM
I'm having a devil-of-a-time resisting that yarn, Robyn! Oh my...:pout:

When you get your yarn, let us know! Post a photo of one skein!
A good closeup! OK?

:woot:
I sure will! It shipped yesterday priority so I should have it tomorrow. :)

missmom31
04-25-2008, 04:02 PM
Thanks again, Artlady, for your expertise and advise!!! How is the kitchen coming???

MiaZilla
04-25-2008, 04:55 PM
I ust finished my CPH; seamed, button band knitted and all. I do however have a small problem. The sleves are tight. Like a size too small tight. Now I can wear them but the yarn get itchy when it's stretech too tightly. And considering that it's Malabrigo, that's quite a feat (I am incredily sensitve as to what I find itchy though XD).

So I appeal to you, oh wise knitting gurus, is there any way to make the sleves bigger without reknitting them? Could I, like, take out the seam and then sew in a strip of knitted fabric?

The rest of it is so perfect tough :inlove: Malabrigo Applewood (nr18) is the pettiest yarn, all soft browns that shifts in pinks and subtle greens. <3!

ArtLady1981
04-25-2008, 08:25 PM
Thanks again, Artlady, for your expertise and advise!!! How is the kitchen coming???

Everything DONE, with the exception of mounting the new cupboard doors. They will be done next week!

This is the area that caught afire! Over the stove! New range, hood & refrigerator.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2373/2442178266_3c0691aa48.jpg?v=0

I can live with this! Cupboard doors will be a week.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3113/2441349143_611746d196.jpg?v=0

I'll have my kitchen back! :woot:

ArtLady1981
04-25-2008, 08:37 PM
Could I, like, take out the seam and then sew in a strip of knitted fabric?

Yes, good idea! A sleeve gusset!

I did this one time...on a cardigan that was too small for my 'beam'.
I knit a 20 st wide 'gusset'...gradually decreasing out the extra 20 stitches...so that by the time the 'gusset' was the right length to fit from bottom edge to armpit...I was down to 1 st.

So, using the color of Malabrigo (applewood)...cast on enough stitches that will give you the extra width for your sleeve. Knit the first so many inches to match your cuff...and from then...just knit plain st st. Remember to include 1 extra stitch at each end of the row for the seaming edge stitch.

When the sleeve gussets are done, you will have to seam gusset 'side A' to sleeve edge 1...and then seam gusset 'side B' to sleeve edge 2 (double duty in the seaming department)...but it will look great. Please use mattress seaming, if you don't already use it. It's almost invisible!

Good luck! Please post a photo for us when you are done!!! :thumbsup:

Here is a photo I took of my cardigan's 'gusset'!!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2228/2441327619_69f72d9a61.jpg?v=0

lactosefree
04-25-2008, 11:31 PM
:woohoo:
Your kitchen looks fabulous! Love that 'fresh bread' sign!

MiaZilla
04-26-2008, 02:46 AM
Thanks so much artlady! I though that would work but it's nice to get confirmation ^^ I'll get right on it! That cardi is so lovely, btw, such rich reds :)

ArtLady1981
04-26-2008, 12:16 PM
:woohoo:
Your kitchen looks fabulous! Love that 'fresh bread' sign!

Thanks Susan!

Boy, our KAL sure did stray Off-Topic, huh?? :eyebrow: Kitchen photos!
Sorry to air all my pains here in the KAL! But, it's nice to get some sympathy from friends! ;)

MiaZilla
04-26-2008, 06:01 PM
hehe, I love seeing people homes ^^ your kitchen looks so pretty and homey :)

missmom31
04-27-2008, 06:29 PM
the kitchen looks great, artlady! i love the campbell's soup kids container! i have noticed a tad of a problem with my cph...a very knowledgable knitting friend was looking at it and noticed that the back and the front did not have the same nember of "cable crosses" one had 14, the other 13!!! we counted rows and found the back and left front to each have 132 rows...(the right front is still in progress) but neither of us could spot the error. it's a mystery to both of us. she asked me to drop it off to her this week so she could sit down with it and really check it out. i will keep you posted...:???:
also, artlady, i love the other sweaters you knitted and showed us in earlier cph posts...especially the twin set! :thumbsup:

robynbird
04-27-2008, 07:03 PM
Your kitchen looks so nice!! Well, I got my yarn yesterday and oh my it's wonderful! It's much richer and deeper than it looked on my monitor and so soft. I am going to swatch (hopefully) tonight after I get home from a night out with my friend. I'll also take pictures of it as promised. :)

ArtLady1981
04-28-2008, 02:31 AM
Hi missmom31! Let us know what you find out about the uneven number of cable crossings. That is a real mystery, especially since both pieces have 132 rows. I have an idea what happened, but I'll wait and see what you friend says. She'll know for sure, having the two pieces right in front of her.

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Hi robynbird! Oh I can hardly wait to see your swatch! Please post a photo of your swatch for us!!!

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I found a zipper for my CPH on Friday. It isn't blue. The blue zipper choice was too too too blue. So I chose a dusty grey. Mimi, from our Tempting II KAL, messaged me that Hancock Fabrics is having a sale on zippers...and I think there a two Hancocks within driving distance. I didn't even think of Hancocks. Will let y'all know if I find a better color zipper. I need a 22".

missmom31
04-28-2008, 10:16 PM
artlady~can you please advise on how you changed the cph directions to add a zipper, and any advise on how to put the zipper in??? as always, thanks for your advise.:hug: patty

ArtLady1981
04-29-2008, 04:11 PM
artlady~can you please advise on how you changed the cph directions to add a zipper, and any advise on how to put the zipper in??? as always, thanks for your advise.:hug: patty

I didn't change the pattern at all. I just didn't make buttonholes.
Then, I hand-stitched the zipper into place...at least that's what I did for my DD's CPH.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2349/2452052919_727f2f238e.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3173/2452052811_198ba40674.jpg?v=0

But I gotta tell ya...I'm having a hard time with the zipper in my blue CPH! I had it completely stitched into place last night...and it looked awful. The application was rippley. So I snipped all the stitches and removed the zipper.

Then I pinned 6 silver celtic elliptical-shaped buttons onto the button band (thinking I could make I-cords for the other side for the closure)...but wasn't completely happy with that either. The weight of the silver buttons made the buttonband kinda stretch southward.

So then I ran a self-yarn 'running-stitch' in and out of all the ribbing (at the edge) up one side, over the top of the hood and down the other side...to stabilize the ribbing from stretching under the weight of the buttons.

That worked like a charm! So now I can use the buttons if I want to. Or, I could let the hoodie just hang open, no zipper, no buttons. (The model CPH has no closure application at all if you'll notice.)

But that was all late at night...or early in the morning (2 am). In the light of day, and 6 hrs sleep and two cups of coffee...I am feeling like giving the zipper another GO. With the running stitch now stabilizing the edges of the ribbing, the application of the zipper may do better. And, I shouldn't have been trying to do the pinning on my lap. I should have laid it down on my blocking board and THEN done the basting stitches...and THEN done the actual permanent hand stitches.

If the zipper doesn't pan out this time...I will have to think about those
silver buttons that are shaped like frogs almost...long elliptical shaped.

So, stay tuned. It is sunny today. I feel better about trying again. Right now a baby coat is drying on my blocking board, the contractor is here (installing a new storm door for me)...and I am trying to work out a new external hard drive backup. I won't get to the zipper today. Tomorrow. :thumbsup:

Basically, here are my steps:
1) baste the ribbing shut from the front to hold the sweater shut (see photo below)
2) baste the zipper into place, aligning the teeth in the very center
3) remove that first basting
4) *hand-stitch the zipper into place, using double-stranded regular sewing thread and a very sharp needle
5) remove the zipper basting
6) open the zipper, and hand stitch the excess zipper plackets (at the top) into place and out of sight

*Tip: hand-stitch the zipper between the last row and the bind-off row

Baste the front of the jacket shut, in preparation for zipper application
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2014/2452240451_65a5b5b52a.jpg?v=0

ArtLady1981
04-29-2008, 05:55 PM
Here are a few 'mattress stitch' seaming photos.

Use these little baby clippies to securely hold your two edges together for mattress seam application: they are easy to install and quick to remove as you seam your way up!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3027/2452257987_2b9d0ce71d.jpg?v=0


All clipped and ready to go: side and sleeve seams!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3152/2453088488_a334071d7d.jpg?v=0

Beginning at the ribbing, mattress seam the 'edge stitches' together.
It is easy to see, and it 'cinches up' quickly & smoothly!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2243/2453087398_4528a58ab8.jpg?v=0


Notice how easy it is to detect where to insert your seaming needle!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2118/2452258229_a794d8991f.jpg?v=0

I use DMC (gauge 5) Coton Perle for most of my seaming:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3006/2452258345_b2b01e7fd9.jpg?v=0

The ribbing mattress seam is now 'cinched up'. Notice how a Knit stitch meets a Knit stitch on either side of the seam, thereby maintaining the uniformity of the K2/P2 ribbing.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2094/2453087636_2bded933b7.jpg?v=0

The middle K2 stitches are the seamline!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3143/2453087736_79f9fff4c9.jpg?v=0

Notice the edge stitches? See how easy they are to see?
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3082/2452258663_90cee9934a.jpg?v=0

A mattress seam is invisible! I highly recommend its use to assembling
your garment pieces...even when joining the sleeves and sleeve caps to the body!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2140/2453088166_8590fabed6.jpg?v=0

Side seam done...this is now the view of the 'clipped up'
sleeve, as viewed from the armpit down to the cuff!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2393/2452259147_71f315acdf.jpg?v=0

robynbird
04-29-2008, 09:34 PM
My yarn is below. Sorry for the blurry photos, I tried to get a good one and just couldn't - I was in a hurry too. I have to say I am swatching now (off and on between working) and I LOVE this yarn! It's Elann.com Highland Peruvian Donegal and it's wonderfully soft!

robynbird
04-30-2008, 10:46 AM
I swatched last night using US8 Knit Picks Options. The pattern calls for 17 st x 24 rows = 4 inches. I got 17st x 27 rows = 4 inches. Hmmm.... I'm ok with this because I want it longer anyway.

According to the measurement of a cardigan I like the fit of, I need to make a 50" so I thought I would cast on for the 48" using a larger needle than I got gauge on - like a US9 - what do you think? I guess I should swatch with that huh?

OK - I've been doing calculations. If I make the 48" at current gauge for the back I would cast on 110 divided by 17 = 6.47 times 4" = 25.88" for the back. The cardigan I have that I measured measures 25" for the back. So I am thinking the extra .88" will give me a bit of added ease so CPH will fit fine. So, I am thinking I should cast on for the size 48" using US 8 which I get gauge of 17 st x 27 row = 4". This will give me the added length too.

Does any of this makes sense?????

missmom31
04-30-2008, 10:59 AM
Dear Artlady~ Once again, my deepest thanks for the wonderful tutorial on the cph! I am amazed at the clarity of your instructions, your organization and willingness to share your knowledge and expertise with us. Thanks again. I would never have thought to use the perle cotton to seam with. My guess it that it is very strong and makes a thinner seam than if you used the yarn the piece was worked with.. am I right??
I think I am going to try the zipper in my cph, thanks for your directions. I have not heard back from my knitting friend who is trying to figure out about the mismatched number of cable crosses, I will see her on Friday and let you know.
Patty

ArtLady1981
04-30-2008, 02:06 PM
I swatched last night using US8 Knit Picks Options. The pattern calls for 17 st x 24 rows = 4 inches. I got 17st x 27 rows = 4 inches. Hmmm.... I'm ok with this because I want it longer anyway.

According to the measurement of a cardigan I like the fit of, I need to make a 50" so I thought I would cast on for the 48" using a larger needle than I got gauge on - like a US9 - what do you think? I guess I should swatch with that huh?

OK - I've been doing calculations. If I make the 48" at current gauge for the back I would cast on 110 divided by 17 = 6.47 times 4" = 25.88" for the back. The cardigan I have that I measured measures 25" for the back. So I am thinking the extra .88" will give me a bit of added ease so CPH will fit fine. So, I am thinking I should cast on for the size 48" using US 8 which I get gauge of 17 st x 27 row = 4". This will give me the added length too.

Does any of this makes sense?????

Remember, you will get an extra .44" for both FRONTS, too.
That will, altogether, add almost 2" for the total circumference of the jacket.

So, if you need a 50" jacket, using the current needle (US8) should be fine.

Don't worry about the row gauge. You will be instructed to begin your armhole shaping when the jacket BACK and FRONTS reach "xx" inches anyways. Just knit til it is the prescribed length. If you want to add length, this is the area to do it: BEFORE the armhole cast offs.

Knit on Good Woman!! :thumbsup:

ArtLady1981
04-30-2008, 02:14 PM
Dear Artlady~ Once again, my deepest thanks for the wonderful tutorial on the cph! I am amazed at the clarity of your instructions, your organization and willingness to share your knowledge and expertise with us. Thanks again. I would never have thought to use the perle cotton to seam with. My guess it that it is very strong and makes a thinner seam than if you used the yarn the piece was worked with.. am I right??
I think I am going to try the zipper in my cph, thanks for your directions. I have not heard back from my knitting friend who is trying to figure out about the mismatched number of cable crosses, I will see her on Friday and let you know.
Patty

You're welcome Patty! :thumbsup:

The perle cotton is also easier to use. It is slippery, and 'cinches' up the seam without breaking! I knit with a lot of tweeds and NORO yarns...and you just cannot seam with them. They just won't cinch up the seam without breaking! So annoying! That is what got me started with using the perle cotton in the first place. Now it is all I use really. Even if I'm using a yarn that will easily seam...I use the perle cotton because I can see where it is going in and out of the stitches. Self yarn is hard to find. With the mattress seam...you have to go in and out of the same stitches...well, it's hard to describe, but if you watch Amy's video...you can see what I mean. Where the seaming yarn came OUT of the stitch on the right side edge is where is has to go BACK IN on the round trip! :eyes:

Can hardly wait to see your CPH progress!

I still haven't installed the zipper in my CPH...but I will.

Here it is, waiting for my final answer! Sorry it looks kinda creepy! :pout:
I put a black hat inside the hood to hold it up!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2327/2454978842_12dde06634.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3068/2454978778_09927211d7.jpg?v=0

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ArtLady1981
04-30-2008, 06:41 PM
Hi'ya!

DH and I will be 'off the grid' (aka 'in the wilderness') starting May 3 til May 11.

Does anyone need help before I am gone for the week? Please let me know!

This is where I will be, and this is what I'll be doing in lieu of email and internet access!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2176/2257846824_4c8012a723.jpg?v=0

kgkrause
04-30-2008, 08:17 PM
Can you still joing this KAL for the Central Park Hoodie?

kgkrause
04-30-2008, 08:23 PM
I also forgot to ask do you have to be a member of ravelry?

robynbird
04-30-2008, 08:56 PM
Can you still joing this KAL for the Central Park Hoodie?

I just joined! :)

I also forgot to ask do you have to be a member of ravelry?

I highly doubt you do since this is a KH KAL. It'll be fun starting new with someone!

Artlady, have a great time! Wish I could go. :)

lactosefree
04-30-2008, 09:22 PM
Have a wonderful time in the wilderness! I'm so jealous! :)

missmom31
05-01-2008, 07:04 AM
Have a great time, sounds like a well deserved, peaceful and relaxing vacation. Enjoy!

missmom31
05-01-2008, 07:08 AM
Welcome aboard the KAL! I am sure you will find this to be most helpful...I just joined a short time ago and love it here. Artlady's tutorials are amazing and you will find lots of help, ideas and inspiration from the other members as well. :hug:
Keep us informed of your progress!!! Patty

ArtLady1981
05-01-2008, 02:43 PM
Can you still joing this KAL for the Central Park Hoodie?

Certainly! We will keep this KAL alive as long as someone wants to work on it! The CPH is fun!

No, you don't have to be a Ravelry member to join this KAL. Knitting Help and Ravelry are two separate entities. A lot of KH members enjoy using the Ravelry software to organize and showcase their knitting in one big notebook under their name...however, most of us KH-ers prefer KH for community interaction...like this KAL! And showing off your knits in Whatcha Knitting! KH is a small family (compared to Ravelry's millions)...and has a friendly, loving, helpful atmosphere!

So WELCOME ABOARD! :cheering:

Remember, I will be gone (off the grid, with no internet access) from May 3-11. But, our other CPH-KAL gals will take good care of ya! When I get back, I will pop in ASAP...and see what yer all up to!

ArtLady1981
05-01-2008, 02:46 PM
I swatched for GROVE last night...and made up my notebook for the BACK...and made copies of the cable charts...and CAST ON...and got two sections of the block pattern done before I was too :eyes: to continue!

So I have a good project for my trip! I wont' come close to finishing it in a week...but I'm still gonna take a STANDBY project. You know how that is! How freaky to think of being in the wilderness, no way to get down off the mountain...and run out of knitting to do! :thud:

robynbird
05-01-2008, 03:41 PM
Artlady, I have to go find and review your posts about your notebook. I have one that I write down swatch information and keep my swatches in. I did swatches for my CPH and my daughter's Cardigan for Arwen (which we are making into a vest). I also learned a lesson about pre-wash and post-wash swatches and gauge - as my daughters increased in rows . Very good.

dreamsherl
05-01-2008, 10:49 PM
Hi Everyone. I haven't been able to work on my DD CPH for a while. I've cleared some things and have picked it up again. OK, now the question or questions. My DD's CPH will fit her better I think if I don't block it. The blocking sizes will make it a bit too big. Do I have to block it? If I do need to block it, should I block the pieces before seaming?

robynbird
05-02-2008, 11:39 AM
I finished the ribbing on the back and one cable repeat. :) I'm loving this yarn and the knitting. :)

ArtLady1981
05-02-2008, 06:14 PM
Hi Everyone. I haven't been able to work on my DD CPH for a while. I've cleared some things and have picked it up again. OK, now the question or questions. My DD's CPH will fit her better I think if I don't block it. The blocking sizes will make it a bit too big. Do I have to block it? If I do need to block it, should I block the pieces before seaming?

Block all your pieces, BACK, LEFT FRONT, RIGHT FRONT, SLEEVES before you seam.

Blocking doesn't enlarge the pieces. There are several methods, and the easiest method is to pin your pieces down to a blocking board and heavily mist them...and leave them til bone dry.

If you don't have a blocking board, and are hesitant to invest in one...you can use a seamstress' cutting board with clear plastic over the top of it. Page 4 Post #37 of this KAL has more information about that and where to get them.

Another knitter used the misting method, and it worked great for her.

ArtLady1981
05-03-2008, 02:07 AM
Suzeeq, one of our MODS, has agreed to pop in and check for general questions someone may ask. She isn't too familiar with this pattern, but she said she would help out with general questions.

Thanks Sue!!! :hug:

suzeeq
05-03-2008, 08:49 AM
Hi y'all! Thought I'd pop in now and find out where you're at.

missmom31
05-03-2008, 03:23 PM
thanks for checking in with us. i have just started the sleeves to my cph, the back and fronts are done. i tried artladys tip about sewing the pieces together with perle cotton instead of the yarn knitted with and i like the results. next sweater i am also going to try the selvedge stitch (knit the first and last stitch of every row regardless of the pattern) as artlady also suggested. i can see where it would help. also i didn't block the knitted pieces this time, next time i will though. all in all its a great project, a fun knit. how about you, what's on your needles?? patty :knitting:

suzeeq
05-03-2008, 03:37 PM
Moi? I've started a summer top, I think it's done snowing here. And I'm working on a lacy stole. And have a few more ideas I'm trying out.

clacks
05-04-2008, 11:49 AM
I just ordered the yarn for my CPH on Friday. It's Cascade 220 Superwash. I ordered it from WEBS. This is my first order from them so I hope all goes smoothly and I get my yarn soon. I'm so excited to cast on. I was also thinking of making a CPH out of a cotton blend. Since I live in Phoenix, I won't get to wear a 100% wool cardigan very often. Has anyone made the CPH out of Cotton Fleece? I bought some for the $1.50 cardigan but the pattern petrifies me so I was thinking of CPH?

lactosefree
05-04-2008, 12:02 PM
I just ordered the yarn for my CPH on Friday. It's Cascade 220 Superwash.

Hi Clacks,

I am also using the 220 superwash. I swatched and blocked it until bone dry and found that it 'grew' upon washing so I'm knitting my CHP to the gauge of my blocked swatch instead.

I thought about swatching and then throwing it in the washer and drier to get the gauge, but I was too lazy as I don't own a washing machine and use wash and fold services.

The yarn may very well go back to the original gauge after it goes through the drier.

I'm sure you know this already, but I thought I'd share my experience with the 220 superwash. :)

robynbird
05-05-2008, 01:24 PM
I'm just over 10" on the back. I really love this pattern and once I found my papers with Grumperina's tutorial on cabling w/o the needle I was in heaven! :)

missmom31
05-05-2008, 08:17 PM
Lactosefree: How is the CPH coming along and the Burridge Lake afghan??? Hope all is well. Patty

lactosefree
05-06-2008, 01:27 AM
Hi Patty,

Thanks for checking in. I haven't touched my CPH, but I did finish the leaf lace scarf that was loooong overdue for my co-worker's birthday present.

I am now working on my afghan slowly and will knit the sleeves of my CPH whenever I feel I'm making adequest progress on the afghan. I am hoping to switching off between the 2 projects.

missmom31
05-06-2008, 06:10 PM
Thanks for checking back in, Lactosefree. Good to know things are ok with you. Sounds like your needles are busy, always a good thing. :) Patty

robynbird
05-09-2008, 11:39 AM
I just finished the armhole decreases on the back and am on the final stretch to finish the back. :)

suzeeq
05-10-2008, 03:52 PM
Looks like y'all are doing fine. Artlady will be back in a day or two, I'm leaving later today. Any questions?

missmom31
05-10-2008, 04:39 PM
thanks for checking back in with us suzeeq. i think i am set for the moment, but i think i crossed the cable on the sleeves too soon or too late a few crosses ago. i am heading to my knitting now to check it out. i may be tnik-ing it back shortly! :( Have a great weekend.

robynbird
05-10-2008, 05:02 PM
Thanks! I'm so close to finishing the back that i can taste it!!

edited to say back is done!

ArtLady1981
05-11-2008, 02:25 PM
Hi'ya! :waving:

I'm back in the saddle! We returned home last night! Refreshed and Relaxed!

Anyone need help? Need advice? Need input? Need a hug?

Let me know! ;)

Artlady

robynbird
05-11-2008, 02:36 PM
Welcome back! Happy Mother's Day!

clacks
05-12-2008, 12:44 PM
I received my yarn for this on Friday and cast on this weekend. It's Cascade 220 Superwash in Turtle. I'm about 8 inches into the back. It's a lovely pattern so far and I can't wait to get further into it. :knitting:

robynbird
05-12-2008, 01:06 PM
I started the fronts both at once. I am 2 cable repeats in. I love this pattern!

Question about the sleeves-I heard they run tight so how can I make them looser? I'm making the 48" thanks!

lactosefree
05-12-2008, 04:37 PM
Hi Dollyce! :waving:

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful time on your trip. I have temporarily put the CPH on hold. I've just passed the cuff of one sleeve and it's been sitting on my table waiting for me. I'm currently in the middle of a teddy bear for a baby shower gift and hoping to get back to my CPH soon!

ArtLady1981
05-12-2008, 04:45 PM
I started the fronts both at once. I am 2 cable repeats in. I love this pattern!

Question about the sleeves-I heard they run tight so how can I make them looser? I'm making the 48" thanks!

I made the 48" too...and my sleeves are fine...and I have 'plump' arms. ;) No skinny arms here!

If you think you still want to make the sleeves bigger around, I'd work the increases more frequently after the cuff is knit...this will add more width... however, please realize that these 'extra' increases will have to be decreased out eventually so that the sleeve cap fits into the sleeve hole of the body.

ArtLady1981
05-12-2008, 04:49 PM
Hi Dollyce! :waving:

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful time on your trip. I have temporarily put the CPH on hold. I've just passed the cuff of one sleeve and it's been sitting on my table waiting for me. I'm currently in the middle of a teddy bear for a baby shower gift and hoping to get back to my CPH soon!

Yeah, been there, done that myself! My CPH is still sitting there waiting for me to put in the zipper! :eyes: I am almost in the mood!

I've been knitting for a baby shower, and then I started that GROVE mid-calf hooded Malabrigo coat (for myself) on May 1...and whilst on vacation I got the entire BACK done, and am well into the Left Front now. Ran into 5 pattern errors/language ambiguities...for which I had to email the designer (Elsebeth Lavold) about yesterday. Still awaiting her reply. God Bless Designers. :eyebrow:

lactosefree
05-12-2008, 06:36 PM
I started that GROVE mid-calf hooded Malabrigo coat (for myself) on May 1...

A coat knit in malabrigo?! Sounds heavenly!..... running to ravelry to look it up..... :)

clacks
05-12-2008, 06:52 PM
Hi Clacks,

I am also using the 220 superwash. I swatched and blocked it until bone dry and found that it 'grew' upon washing so I'm knitting my CHP to the gauge of my blocked swatch instead.

I thought about swatching and then throwing it in the washer and drier to get the gauge, but I was too lazy as I don't own a washing machine and use wash and fold services.

The yarn may very well go back to the original gauge after it goes through the drier.

I'm sure you know this already, but I thought I'd share my experience with the 220 superwash. :)

Hi Lactosefree,
Thanks for the tips on the superwash. This is actually my first time knitting with it. I've used the regular 220 several times but never the superwash. It's surprisingly soft! I'm a naughty knitter and must admit that I never swatch. It has resulted in some very ill fitting garments so you'd think I'd learn my lesson! :teehee: It's probably good that the superwash 'grows' because so far the back of my cardi looks pretty tiny.
What colour are you knitting yours in?

ArtLady1981
05-12-2008, 07:03 PM
A coat knit in malabrigo?! Sounds heavenly!..... running to ravelry to look it up..... :)

Ohhh, it is sooo yummy. It will pill, but...I don't intend to wear it to death.

I don't recommend using Malabrigo for ANY garment that needs several skeins because of the inconsistency of kettle dyed colors...however, I am using undyed 'natural' (cream) Malabrigo...so...dye differences don't come into play.

I talked with a LYS shop owner the other day, and she confirmed that the dyeing process affects the softness of soft yarns. That's why the undyed natural Malabrigo is soooooooo much softer than its dyed cousins.

I heard that Malabrigo is starting to dye some of their yarns using the conventional methods...to eliminate the color inconsistencies of the kettle dyes. 'Bout time.

It's a nightmare, trying to work with a pattern, and for extra fun...having to worry about alternating skeins in order to even out the color of the garment!

missmom31
05-12-2008, 08:08 PM
Welcome back, Artlady!!! Tell us some about your vacation and I would love to see your current project, I am sure it's a real beauty. I am working on the sleeves on the cph. My guage is a bit off (i am getting 20 st. over 4 inches, rather than the 17 stitches asked for in the pattern. ) The sleeves look narrow... so far I am in the 5th set of increases with four more to go. I was "on" guage for the back and fronts but then injured my dominant arm, so I think that has some affect on my guage. Anyhow, I will knit on knowing that your sleeves were fine. Welcome back! Patty

ArtLady1981
05-13-2008, 04:22 AM
Welcome back, Artlady!!! Tell us some about your vacation... Patty

We had a great time, us and all 4 dogs! Our 20 acre mountain property is at 4300 ft...Nighthawk Summit...and we had unusual weather this May! From sunshine one day...to a blizzard the next!
DH has put a trailer w/ snow roof in our base camp...and so I can be warm and knit... rain or shine!

Here are glimpses of our May trip...all taken from our camp.

The dogs are Katie (a Shih Tzu)...Charlie (the 5 months St. Bernard puppy)...and 2 Treeing Walker Coonhounds, Dani and Blue.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3261/2489175018_beed99fa12.jpg?v=0

The sun fights its way back!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2251/2488380107_4e9dd4c583.jpg?v=0

Remants of Charlie's first snowfall!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2224/2489198076_b9c6993ff5.jpg?v=0

Survival!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3245/2489197952_e28329e869.jpg?v=0

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2404/2488380237_7bc73449ed.jpg?v=0

A man, a can of sardines, a box of crackers...and 3 sorry dogs!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2316/2489206972_761daed736.jpg?v=0

missmom31
05-13-2008, 06:11 AM
The photos are breathtaking!! Thanks for sharing them. What a beautiful location, a great retreat and place to relax, kick back and knit. I don't think I would ever want to leave. Patty

ArtLady1981
05-14-2008, 01:09 PM
Well, I got the motivation to install that zipper once again!
However, after it is done blocking, if it still have even the slightest
ripple (hoping the blocking will straighten it out)...I will snip the stitches in places and see if I can redistribute the sweater over the section of zipper.

To block, I heavily misted the underside of the closed zipper, and then the top of the ribbing...and then pinned the whole mess down and will leave til bone dry.

This has been a bugger.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3095/2492819388_3322ecb37f.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3002/2491998835_0a95b7924b.jpg?v=0

Stay tuned. I should know in two days. We are supposed to
have 80 degree weather tomorrow. Today it is cloudy and
cool. Go figure.

robynbird
05-14-2008, 02:18 PM
I just got the stuff so I could block the back of my CPH. I went high tech and bought some of those foam mat number blocks for kids - 10 12x12 blocks for $12.99 at Target. Then I went to Joanns and found some stem wires in the floral department to use as blocking wires - perfect and only $1.99! Some T-pins and I'm all set for under $20! Yippee!! I really wanted the blocking set from KnitPicks but wasn't too keen on the price. This works great and the blocks come in their own little carry case, easy to put away when I'm done. :)

missmom31
05-14-2008, 06:31 PM
What a great idea for a blocking board, Robynbird. Let us know how it works out. Good luck! :cheering:

ArtLady1981
05-15-2008, 02:10 AM
I just got the stuff so I could block the back of my CPH. I went high tech and bought some of those foam mat number blocks for kids - 10 12x12 blocks for $12.99 at Target. Then I went to Joanns and found some stem wires in the floral department to use as blocking wires - perfect and only $1.99! Some T-pins and I'm all set for under $20! Yippee!! I really wanted the blocking set from KnitPicks but wasn't too keen on the price. This works great and the blocks come in their own little carry case, easy to put away when I'm done. :)

Way to go, robyn! :thumbsup:

Make sure those stem wires are not going to RUST and discolor your sweater! :pout: Do a test on your swatch before using them on your real deal!

missmom31
05-15-2008, 05:59 AM
Your sweater looks awesome, Artlady!!! Good luck with the fixes on your zipper, although it looks great from here. :woohoo:

missmom31
05-15-2008, 10:39 AM
I have just thought of yet another question for Artlady, if you don't mind. I am wondering how you attached your sleeves to the sweater?? I am thinking of crocheting them on. Also, I only knit 4 " of ribbing for the sleeves (seemed like a good idea at the time to match the body ribbing inches...). I am thinking now this wasn't such a good idea...this means all of the increase rows are one inch off, right?? Will this change how many inches of the pattern I should knit? Thanks again for all of your help...how is your jacket/coat coming along?? Patty

robynbird
05-15-2008, 11:37 AM
Way to go, robyn! :thumbsup:

Make sure those stem wires are not going to RUST and discolor your sweater! :pout: Do a test on your swatch before using them on your real deal!
Thanks! I did make sure they were rust proof! :)

ArtLady1981
05-15-2008, 03:39 PM
Well, I went out into my 'blocking room' last night...and felt the zipper and ribbing...and they seemed dry even then! But, I resisted removing the pins...but Ima gonna go do it now! Say a good word for me....

...here goes nothin! Crossed Fingers

robynbird
05-15-2008, 04:05 PM
Can't wait to see it all done!!

ArtLady1981
05-15-2008, 07:38 PM
I take crapola photos...and no makeup makes it worse!
But, we had a bit of sun, so I ran outside to take some photos!
Here are a couple!

PS: The zipper worked out!!!!! FINALLY!!!!

My camera was getting some sunshine into the lens, so the photos are kinda lousy!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2070/2496020332_c0a3319a3d.jpg?v=0


At the least, I shoulda thrown on some eyebrows! :teehee:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2401/2496021906_760e27fd3e.jpg?v=0

Oversize hood.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3131/2495197281_3a4ee30af8.jpg?v=0

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2386/2495197089_9eba181f50.jpg?v=0

robynbird
05-15-2008, 07:41 PM
I love it and you look great! :)

missmom31
05-15-2008, 07:44 PM
Fantastic! I wouldn't change a thing. Well done, Artlady and the photos and model are fine! Happy knitting! :yay:
Patty

ArtLady1981
05-16-2008, 01:34 AM
I have just thought of yet another question for Artlady, if you don't mind. I am wondering how you attached your sleeves to the sweater?? I am thinking of crocheting them on. Also, I only knit 4 " of ribbing for the sleeves (seemed like a good idea at the time to match the body ribbing inches...). I am thinking now this wasn't such a good idea...this means all of the increase rows are one inch off, right?? Will this change how many inches of the pattern I should knit? Thanks again for all of your help...how is your jacket/coat coming along?? Patty

I used mattress stitch to seam the sleeves into the armholes. Don't crochet your seams. I can't think it will look seamless. This page (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=77877&page=12) of this KAL has my photos of how I set up all seams prior to mattress seaming (it works for sleeve insertion, too) and it also shows mattress seaming. Please also take a look at Amy's video for mattress seaming. Between the two of us, you should be able to master it quickly! It is sooooo easy! On the link provided above...scroll down to post #120 for my photo tutorial.

And here are my sleeve seams setup for a bed jacket I made this winter:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2339/2279386569_52a50ac560.jpg?v=0

The mattress seam is worked with the RIGHT SIDES facing you.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2060/2280178542_9d96a0365d.jpg?v=0

Just start at one end, removing the baby clippies as you go along!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2420/2279388381_fe79155d59.jpg?v=0

I hope this helps!

ABOUT THE LENGTH OF THE SLEEVES: knitting your cuffs one inch shorter than called for won't seriously impact your sleeve shaping.
But, be sure to knit the prescribed length til you are supposed to cast off for the armpits unless you intended for the sleeves to be 1" shorter. If that be the case, then cast off for the armpits 1" sooner than called for.

Does that make sense? :?? I hope so! If not, don't be afraid to ask more questions! I'm happy to help if I can.

lactosefree
05-18-2008, 02:24 PM
Dollyce your CPH looks fabulous! :thumbsup:
I want to put a zipper in mine as well - when it comes to that time I may be banging down your door for help :)

ArtLady1981
05-19-2008, 03:52 AM
Dollyce your CPH looks fabulous! :thumbsup:
I want to put a zipper in mine as well - when it comes to that time I may be banging down your door for help :)

Thanks Susan! And, please do call on me for help with the CPH! I feel like CPH and I are old friends. :eyebrow: This blue CPH is my 2nd one!
I made a green tweed CPH for my DD in the Fall. Hers went more smoothly than mine...but, alls well that ends well!

Yeah, I think the zipper makes it look more like a real HOODIE...like a knitted jacket! The buttons and buttonholes give it a sweater appearance.

The model CPH (that green one on cute little TWIGGY) has no closure application...no buttons, no frogs, no zipper. It just hangs open.

If I had failed 3 times at my zipper, I woulda left it hang open.
I'd have tried one more time...but 3 strikes and the zipper is OUT!

My problem was 'easing' the amount of ribbing onto the zipper just right...so that the ribbing didn't make the zipper ripple. It was tough this time....not hard, just tricky.

For the 2nd try...(successful)...I ran a self-yarn basting stitch along the entire edge of the ribbing, even up and over the hood. I used that basting thread to cinch up and regulate the distribution of the ribbing.

After the zipper was handstitched into place, I just left the basting thread (yarn) in place...for stabilization, if nothing else.

missmom31
05-21-2008, 03:32 PM
Thanks for all of your help, Artlady. I am so impressed with your willingness to share your knowledge, expertise and time. I look forward to anotner KAL with you soon. I am taking a class at Webs this summer (I am fortunate to live near by) and the focus will be on finishing techniques for a cardigan we are to knit together. I sorely need the finishing techniques so I am sure I will enjoy the class. Patty

ArtLady1981
05-22-2008, 04:08 PM
Let me know (keep us posted!) what you learned in the class! What you liked best, and which newly learned technique will improve the quality of your knitted items the most!

missmom31
05-25-2008, 11:56 AM
will do! the instructor is a much sought after one, so i am quite anxious to soak up as much information as i can from her.

robynbird
05-25-2008, 01:32 PM
I am almost to the arm hole decreases on the fronts. I'm really surprised at how little yarn I'm using. I bought 22 skeins and I used 4.25 on the back. I added a 2nd ball on the left front after th 5th cable repeat and on the right front after the 7th repeat. At this rate I'm thinking I will have a lot left over....

robynbird
05-26-2008, 01:33 PM
I figured out the fronts and finished them last night and got them to blocking! Now I'm off to start the sleeves. :)

missmom31
05-28-2008, 09:33 AM
A note for Robynbird~be careful with the sleeves...I am in the process of re-knitting mine as they were to small/tight. This has been a common complaint with the CPH...Good luck! Patty

robynbird
05-28-2008, 11:46 AM
A note for Robynbird~be careful with the sleeves...I am in the process of re-knitting mine as they were to small/tight. This has been a common complaint with the CPH...Good luck! Patty

Thanks Patty! I have read this complaint so I measured the largest part of my arm (the upper arm) and am making the size that would fit with about an 1 1/2" of ease. I made the 48" size for the body,and I'm making the 56" sleeves. I calculated also how many decreases I need to do so these sleeves fit the body. I hope it works out. :)

robynbird
06-08-2008, 06:48 PM
I'm working on my sleeves right now and hope to finish them up today. Then I'll begin to seem the fronts and back while they are blocking.

ArtLady1981
06-09-2008, 04:48 PM
Way to go robynbird! We are very excited for you! Can't wait to see photos!:cheering:

robynbird
06-12-2008, 11:01 AM
I finished the sleeves and they are blocking. From what I read on the instructions, I need to seam the shoulder seams of the fronts to the back then pick up to knit the hood....right?

robynbird
06-12-2008, 12:15 PM
Artlady you said this about how you break up each piece into section for the band pick up:

a) fold the left front in half vertically...place a pin on the fold line...then fold the halves in half again, and place pins on those spots, too. This evenly divides my left front into 4 sections. I'll do the same for the hood, and right front. May even consider folding those 4 in half, too, for 8 sections.


Do you mean you fold it so that the top meets the bottom then fold it again? Kind of like a piece of paper so you have four distinct sections?? Do you have pictures? :) Thanks for your help!!

I'm stalled at the moment because I didn't block the ribbing at the bottom of the fronts and back - for some reason I thought I read not to but then I re-read the thread and it was not to on the sleeves!! DUH!

ArtLady1981
06-12-2008, 02:43 PM
Artlady you said this about how you break up each piece into section for the band pick up:

*Do you mean you fold it so that the top meets the bottom then fold it again? Kind of like a piece of paper so you have four distinct sections?? Do you have pictures? :) Thanks for your help!!

I'm stalled at the moment because I didn't block the ribbing at the bottom of the fronts and back - for some reason I thought I read not to but then I re-read the thread and it was not to on the sleeves!! DUH!

*Yes, that's what I do. Then, after I get 4 or 8 distinct sections marked, I will measure inbetween each marker to make sure the spaces/spans are equal. But, alas, no photos.

I think I did block everything on this sweater. Even after I got the buttonbands knit onto the sweater, I heavily misted the bands and left them til bone dry. You'd be surprised what an improvement it gives the overall appearance.

When blocking ribbing, scrunch it together as much as possible.
It will expand on its own when worn.

robynbird
06-13-2008, 11:59 AM
I seamed the shoulders and pinned the sides to try on - it fits like a dream!!! YAY! Now I'm going to pick up for the hood. :)

Thanks for your help Artlady.

robynbird
06-16-2008, 11:14 AM
I'm DONE!!!! I finished last night and all that's left is either the zipper or buttons - I am unsure at this point. The seaming was a bit tricky around the armholes and it's not perfect but it is done and it is my first seamed sweater and it fits!! The arms which I made with a larger size are a bit too big around but I like my arms roomy and it doesn't look funky at all. I'm blocking the button bands now and when it's dry I'll take some photos. :)

You can view the pictures HERE (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1119197#post1119197).

lactosefree
06-16-2008, 06:07 PM
I'm DONE!!!! I finished last night and all that's left is either the zipper or buttons - I am unsure at this point. The seaming was a bit tricky around the armholes and it's not perfect but it is done and it is my first seamed sweater and it fits!! The arms which I made with a larger size are a bit too big around but I like my arms roomy and it doesn't look funky at all. I'm blocking the button bands now and when it's dry I'll take some photos. :)

You can view the pictures HERE (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1119197#post1119197).


Yay!!! Congratulations, it looks beautiful! :blooby:
I love that color on you!

My CPH is still in hibernation as I toil away at the afghan i'm making for a wedding present, but I hope to get it finished by the end of summer.

Crafty_Mel
06-16-2008, 11:44 PM
OMG I am feeling very excited yet overwhelmed !!!

I so want to do this sweater but I have never done sweaters, cables, swatching, and can't wrap my head around gauge for the life of me. :notworthy: :??

You probably wonder what the heck I've been making right well dishcloths and I'm almost done my first pair of socks and I've done a few hats that is it. I'm totally freaking out it all seems so complicated. cans someone please help me.

shortnsweetly
06-17-2008, 12:06 AM
I'm off to the yarn shop tomorrow to get my yarn, but I'm stuck on size!
My favorite hoodie measures 38'' in the bust, right in between the 36'' and 40'' sizes given by the pattern. Any suggestions on which size I should do?

robynbird
06-17-2008, 12:44 AM
OMG I am feeling very excited yet overwhelmed !!!

I so want to do this sweater but I have never done sweaters, cables, swatching, and can't wrap my head around gauge for the life of me. :notworthy: :??

You probably wonder what the heck I've been making right well dishcloths and I'm almost done my first pair of socks and I've done a few hats that is it. I'm totally freaking out it all seems so complicated. cans someone please help me.

You know, making this sweater was not any more difficult than making socks. It's just breaking it down and working one section at a time: the back, left front, right front, sleeve 1 and sleeve 2, etc. You can do it - this thread has a wealth of information and I referred back to it often!!

robynbird
06-17-2008, 12:46 AM
I'm off to the yarn shop tomorrow to get my yarn, but I'm stuck on size!
My favorite hoodie measures 38'' in the bust, right in between the 36'' and 40'' sizes given by the pattern. Any suggestions on which size I should do?

It depends on how you want your hoodie to fit: fitted or with a bit of room the 36 will give you 2" negative ease and the 40 will give you 2" positive ease. I know Artlady made hers with a larger needle to get the 'in between' size she needed. Read through the first few posts on this thread and you'll see how she did it. You can do it!

ArtLady1981
06-17-2008, 01:52 AM
I'm off to the yarn shop tomorrow to get my yarn, but I'm stuck on size!
My favorite hoodie measures 38'' in the bust, right in between the 36'' and 40'' sizes given by the pattern. Any suggestions on which size I should do?

You should knit the 40" for sure! This is a jacket...and you will no doubt be wearing a shirt underneath. You will need room for that! Who wants a tight fitting jacket?! :doh:

ArtLady1981
06-17-2008, 02:00 AM
Robyn,

I read your comment about the closure method still being up in the air...maybe you'll do buttons, maybe you'll do a zipper.

Did you make buttonholes in your right-side ribbing? If not then your button closure method could be toggle buttons on the left side with I-cord loops on the right side.

This weekend I made a 12 st wide 'facing' for the inside of my zipper on both sides. This self-yarn 'facing' starts at the bottom edge of the zipper, and stops about 1" past the top of the zipper.

The purpose of the facing is to cover over, and enclose, the inside of the zipper itself, which looked shoddy being lt grey with hand-stitches in dark blue. It just looked tacky from the inside, and especially when the half-way zipped sweater lays over like a lapel.

I really like the 'substance' that the facing gives my zipper area, too! I hand-stitched it into place while watching "The Notebook" on TV.

If anyone is interested, I will take a photo of the facing and post it.

robynbird
06-17-2008, 10:36 AM
Robyn,

I read your comment about the closure method still being up in the air...maybe you'll do buttons, maybe you'll do a zipper.

Did you make buttonholes in your right-side ribbing? If not then your button closure method could be toggle buttons on the left side with I-cord loops on the right side.

This weekend I made a 12 st wide 'facing' for the inside of my zipper on both sides. This self-yarn 'facing' starts at the bottom edge of the zipper, and stops about 1" past the top of the zipper.

The purpose of the facing is to cover over, and enclose, the inside of the zipper itself, which looked shoddy being lt grey with hand-stitches in dark blue. It just looked tacky from the inside, and especially when the half-way zipped sweater lays over like a lapel.

I really like the 'substance' that the facing gives my zipper area, too! I hand-stitched it into place while watching "The Notebook" on TV.

If anyone is interested, I will take a photo of the facing and post it.

I intended to put a zipper in from the beginning but then at the end my husband and daughter suggested buttons so if I do buttons it would have to be the toggle kind. I'm still leaning towards a zipper though. :)

I'd love photos of the facing you made. Thank you for all your help!! I reviewed your posts often to figure out how to do things. :)

ArtLady1981
06-17-2008, 04:16 PM
Hi Robyn!

Well, the toggles and I-cord buttonloops would definitely be easier, and very cute! I think toggles and buttonloops look great on a jacket. Much nicer than traditional buttons/buttonholes.

I have a jacket that has the toggles. Lemme see if I can find a photo. Just a sec....

Yup, I found them!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3031/2588336476_dafe66954c.jpg?v=0

My sweater (above) is very 'rustic' looking...your CPH is very feminine and pretty...so your toggles could be those new 'glass' looking barrel toggles! So
cute! I got some large ones at Joann's recently! I wonder if Joann.com has them?

Let's see. Just a sec....

Well, I didn't find them online at Joann's website, so I took photos of mine. These are the largest size. They also come in smaller, suitable for baby's and toddler's sweaters!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3087/2588386976_329d84f89d.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/2587550865_995bdb13c4.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3142/2587550939_6da11f6148.jpg?v=0

As you can see, they are chunky little things! I really like them. I buy them all the time. In both sizes. I think they would look great on your very pretty, feminine Central Park Hoodie. It would suit you, too! You are very pretty! Darling, actually!

Hope this helps!

Hugs,

Artlady

robynbird
06-17-2008, 08:19 PM
Thank you for your nice comments!

Those are nice! I will have to look into getting some for my Juliet. I decided on a zipper for my CPH and have installed it.

ArtLady1981
06-18-2008, 05:55 PM
Thank you for your nice comments!

Those are nice! I will have to look into getting some for my Juliet. I decided on a zipper for my CPH and have installed it.

PHOTO! PHOTO! :eyebrow:

shortnsweetly
06-18-2008, 09:40 PM
Thank you with help for the sizing Artlady! I have my ribbing done for the bottom of the back, so now I'm at the main part. I have never done cables or charts, so just to clarify; the chart only shows the cable in one row. It doesn't make sense that I would only bringing the yarn to the front or back for the cable one row out of the entire chart pattern repeat. What is it really asking for?

ArtLady1981
06-19-2008, 06:42 PM
Thank you with help for the sizing Artlady! I have my ribbing done for the bottom of the back, so now I'm at the main part. I have never done cables or charts, so just to clarify; the chart only shows the cable in one row. It doesn't make sense that I would only bringing the yarn to the front or back for the cable one row out of the entire chart pattern repeat. What is it really asking for?

The chart is a 'repeating' chart. That means: in that specific 10 row repeat, the cable is worked on row 3 of each repeat. One cable row for every 10 rows is a nice, gentle cable effect. Not ropey. It has it's own soft look. But, yes, one cable row per 10 rows repeat is right.

Keep track of your repeats very carefully. I mark the repeats with a little red thread between Row 10 of one repeat and Row 1 of the next repeat. This helps me always know where I'm at.

Go slow at first. Always make sure where you are in the repeat. Don't cross your cable too soon, nor too late. If you find that you've boo-booed...tear it down to the error and re-knit. It is a learning experience.

But, look at all my photos here within the KAL...and you will see my little red threads, marking the repeats.

This also helps when you go to make perfect mirror images for the left and right fronts. You will know exactly which row to begin the bindoffs for the armholes. Keep a notebook. I have photos in the KAL showing pictures of my notes. I always make a notebook for every project. It helps me know where I'm at, and it helps me get the pattern worked out in my head before I start. This prevents mistakes in the first place...and eliminates a lot of frogging and re-do's.

ArtLady1981
06-19-2008, 06:45 PM
I'll be 'off the grid' from Sunday, June 22 til Sunday June 29th.
This is where I will be, and this is what I will be doing! I won't have internet access in the wilderness at 4,300 ft! I will have knitting needles, DH, the 4 dogs, and sun, wind, air! The 10-day weather forecast says that we will be enjoying the same weather as last year!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2176/2257846824_4c8012a723.jpg?v=0

shortnsweetly
06-20-2008, 09:35 AM
Thank you Artlady! My first cables went very well last night, and I really appreciate your advice for the rest of the sweater. Enjoy your vacation! It looks like a wonderful place to be. = )

ArtLady1981
06-21-2008, 12:29 AM
You're very welcome! I will check in with you as soon as I return on Sunday June 29th! I will definitely need my Knitting Help Fix! :muah:

jcurry28
06-22-2008, 03:36 PM
I have this pattern for the Central Park Hoodie and I plan on knitting this soon I'm just trying to find the right yarn that I just can't live without. So I'm hoping this will still be alive when I decide to knit it.

ArtLady1981
06-23-2008, 01:02 AM
We'll be here for 'ya! If you wait several months, be sure to send me a PM and alert me that you are ready to begin!

Hugs, :hug:

Artlady

jberry16
06-27-2008, 02:44 PM
I just read through & love all the tips & photos :muah: to all! I bought the pattern & some casscade 220 heathers yesterday b/c the tweed seened a bit scratchy to me, though I love the look of it. I'm 20 rows into my DS's vest (he's 4) & hope to finish that soon so I can start on my CPH. One question, I've seen on ravelry that some are knitting their back & fronts in one piece to the armhole decreases, any comments on this? I'm petrified of seaming, b/c the first thing I seamed was a seed st baby jacket, not my best job, but also the first, second was my mom's vest, turned out better, but still not to the degree I'd like it to have been. Also I used patons sws to make it and seem it, love the idea of using the cotton thread! I'll be sure to post when I'm ready to start, I'll be making the size 36".

ArtLady1981
06-30-2008, 02:34 PM
....One question, I've seen on ravelry that some are knitting their back & fronts in one piece to the armhole decreases, any comments on this?.....

Seaming is easy if you use the mattress stitch. Amy has a video here at KH under TIPS. Just scroll down. I really really really suggest that you use this CPH as a learning experience! No one should be afraid of seaming!

It is possible to knit it all in one piece to the armhole decreases...however, this will change the sizing a bit because you are not losing the 4 edge stitches that would fold into the seamline and appear on the wrong side. Knitting all in one piece will also make seaming the sleeves into the body a bit harder, because you will have to seam the shoulder seams first...then the sleeve will have to seam into the HOLE created.

Some knitters have taken the seamless thing ever farther by knitting their sleeves in the round. Now, the insertion of the sleeve TUBE into the armHOLE is even crazier!

I highly suggest that you follow the pattern directions. Bite the bullet, :eyebrow: the saying goes...and learn to mattress stitch your seams. Please watch Amy's video. :thumbsup: It is so way easy. I also include seaming photos in our KAL.

jberry16
06-30-2008, 04:14 PM
Thank you, I've seen all your photos, read through the entire thread & checked out yours on ravelry. I will watch Amy's video before I thread my needle.
Hope you had a fantastic trip! Sure enjoyed the pics from your last one & the kitchen remodle, darn fires.
Thanks so much again & I'll let you know when I co & my progress.
I'm closer to being done w/DS's vest, I'm starting to get giddy about this project!

ArtLady1981
06-30-2008, 08:55 PM
I can hardly wait to see your progress! Will help any way I can!

robynbird
07-01-2008, 01:32 PM
Jberry - i was nervous about seaming but the video really helped and once you got into a rhythm it was simple! You can do!

shortnsweetly
07-01-2008, 01:58 PM
Welcome back from your vacation Artlady! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing time. I have successfully completed the entire back piece of my very first sweater! Yahoo!! I am noticing one small imperfection though. When I switch from knit to pearl in the pattern, I'm noticing a larger gap than I see other knitters get. Their switch from knit to pearl seams to be seamless with little to no gap. My switch from knit to pearl looks sloppy and if I hold the sweater up to the light, I can see very noticable gaps. I don't think it will be noticable once it is all put together, but I would like to make the transition from knit to pearl a little neater. Any suggestions?

ArtLady1981
07-01-2008, 03:26 PM
Welcome back from your vacation Artlady! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing time. I have successfully completed the entire back piece of my very first sweater! Yahoo!! I am noticing one small imperfection though. When I switch from knit to pearl in the pattern, I'm noticing a larger gap than I see other knitters get. Their switch from knit to pearl seams to be seamless with little to no gap. My switch from knit to pearl looks sloppy and if I hold the sweater up to the light, I can see very noticable gaps. I don't think it will be noticable once it is all put together, but I would like to make the transition from knit to pearl a little neater. Any suggestions?

This happens to some knitters who knit the purl stitches looser, or vice versa. I read it in a book over the weekend, in a HOW TO DESIGN YOUR OWN SWEATER, a book of basic sweater building stuff. The writer said she uses a different size needle for the purl side...then switches back to the original needle for the knit side.
Ach. She must have a HUGE discrepancy on her stitch consistency! But I can understand the concept! I might try it sometime! I have an especial hard time when using single ply yarns with st st. It drives my batty! But I heard that single ply yarns, by their nature, tend to be wonky on one side of the knit stitch. Maybe because of what the writer said about knitting looser on the purl side (or vice versa).

Anyhoo, mystery solved! I seem to do the same thing as you. I always end up "tweaking" the stocking stitches on the public side, to straighten them out as I knit along. So get to "tweaking"! You are in good company! Sometimes I have pulled out an entire row and re-knit it if the gaps can't be "tweaked" right. Such as, if there are too many stitches that need adjusting...there is just too much excess yarn to pull over to the neighboring stitches...and you end up with 2 inches of extra yarn!
Time to pull out a couple rows and tighten things up. It's worth it in the end.

When you wash, rinse, and block your sweater pieces BEFORE SEAMING, this will take care of a lot of your minor stitch inconsistencies.
When you handwash, rinse and block your pieces, the yarn "blooms"...or fulls...and this also fills in the holes!

What kind of yarn did you say you are using?

shortnsweetly
07-01-2008, 04:09 PM
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with inconsistent knits and pearls. I'm using the yarn the pattern calls for, Tahki Donegal Tweed. You mentioned the single ply yarns can give you a bit more trouble, which is exactly what I think is happening. The gaps are small enough that it should close up after blocking like you said. Which leads me to my next questions....blocking! I have never blocked anything before, and I've never even owned anything made of 100% wool before. I know it needs to be hand washed, but what do you use for soap? The detergents at home seem too harsh. And I always see blocking boards on knitter's websites. Do I need one of those to block my sweater? What's involved in blocking? Any tips for a beginner? I understand that's quite the complex question, and I really appreciate all your help and patience with this project. :hug: Thanks!

lactosefree
07-01-2008, 04:38 PM
I know it needs to be hand washed, but what do you use for soap? The detergents at home seem too harsh. And I always see blocking boards on knitter's websites. Do I need one of those to block my sweater? What's involved in blocking? Any tips for a beginner? I understand that's quite the complex question, and I really appreciate all your help and patience with this project. :hug: Thanks!


I followed Artlady's advice and bought the Unicorn Fibre Wash and Rise (http://www.unicornfibre.com). It's a great product for hand washing wool knit items.

In terms of the blocking board, I own the Sew Ez Board (http://www.guardian-tablepad.com/sewez.html) made by Guardian products. I love my blocking board, but it is definitely a luxury and not a necessity.

You can easily use towels on the floor or get an inexpensive cardboard measuring board and put plastic wrap over it or use the foam alphabet puzzle mat for kids, etc. It doesn't have to be expensive. Just remember to use pins that won't rust.

Here's a great article about blocking on Knitty. (http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter02/FEATdiyknitter.html)

ArtLady1981
07-02-2008, 01:26 PM
Hi shortnsweet!

On page 3 of this KAL...post #26 (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=77877&page=3)...I talk about blocking. And, again on post #30 (with photos on blocking tips).

And again on page 4 (posts#37 & #39) has info about the blocking board, blocking wires...where to get it, how to do it, etc. And if memory serves me...I think I talk about how you can make a less expensive blocking board from those cardboard accordian-fold-up seamtresses cutting boards and clear tablecloth vinyl from the fabric store.

We shared a lot of chat on pages 2-5 about blocking. Just check through those pages. But for sure, pages 3 & 4 have blocking stuff.

You will be AMAZED at how much better your stitches look when you block the Tahki Donegal Tweed!!! I made the leaf green CPH for my DD first...before my blue one for this KAL...and hers was the Tahki Donegal Tweed! It was not easy to knit with, I'll admit, but it sure improved after blocking!!!

Please do consider purchasing the wash and rinse I suggested in my post. The UNICORN FIBER WASH people are just great, and you'll have your wash and rinse product in a flash. You can buy little bottles. I bought the 16oz bottles, but there is even a smaller size. It goes a long ways.

I am proud of you for approaching this CPH with a professional mind! Your CPH can be a learning curve for you! :thumbsup: Once you see the improvement in your knitted garments with blocking first, seaming next...and using the mattress stitch for seams...you'll never look back!

What color of Tahki Donegal Tweed did you buy?

shortnsweetly
07-04-2008, 02:18 AM
All the blocking instructions look great! I will take both of your advice and get the wool wash. That was a great suggestion. I think I'm going to wait to block everything when all the pieces are done, so I'll let you know how it goes.
Right now, I'm working on the last part of the front left piece. After all the shaping is done, the pattern says to continue on until the piece measures the same as the back piece, up to the neck shaping. Do they just mean to continue knitting until the front is the same length as the back? Or is it more specific than that? Wow, that question looks pretty silly when its typed out like that, but I've gotten so far, I don't want to mess it up!
:balloons: Happy 4th of July!

ArtLady1981
07-04-2008, 11:11 PM
All the blocking instructions look great! I will take both of your advice and get the wool wash. That was a great suggestion. I think I'm going to wait to block everything when all the pieces are done, so I'll let you know how it goes.
Right now, I'm working on the last part of the front left piece. After all the shaping is done, the pattern says to continue on until the piece measures the same as the back piece, up to the neck shaping. Do they just mean to continue knitting until the front is the same length as the back? Or is it more specific than that? Wow, that question looks pretty silly when its typed out like that, but I've gotten so far, I don't want to mess it up!
:balloons: Happy 4th of July!

Yes. Let's say...your BACK shoulder shaping BEGAN on Row 99.
Then, you would begin your shoulder shaping on Row 99 of the Left Front, and on Row 100 for the Right Front. Left Front shoulder shaping begins with a RIGHT SIDE facing you. Right Front shoulder shaping begins on a WRONG SIDE facing you.

Now you know why I install those little red marker threads at the end of every 10 rows! And I make note in my PROJECT notebook about what row numbers important things occurred.


The red threads are 10 rows markers. The white thread marks the row on which I began my armhole decreases. It makes it easier to measure the armhole length. The patterns always say something like "Now continue the armhole til it measures 9") Well, that is difficult to measure...but not with the white row marker in place. I just measure from it to the row just under my knitting needles!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3141/2374241107_9bb2bfb8a2.jpg?v=0

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2252/2374241381_0ca39699fb.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3290/2374240989_5b26d7382f.jpg?v=0

shortnsweetly
07-04-2008, 11:51 PM
Thank you very much Artlady. I just needed to clarify. I finished my left front and have cast on for my right front. I can't wait to get to the sleeves, I think they will be a nice change of pace!

jberry16
07-08-2008, 06:05 PM
Alright I couldn't stand it! I took the plung and started last night. Here she is after 4" of ribbing and one pattern repeat on the back, 16 rounds...
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3239/2651149264_9ecc72bac0.jpg?v=0
not bad for 2 days knitting, right?! :knitting:
I'm knitting the first stitch of my purl rows like you suggested & I can see how that's going to make such a difference! I'm also using the Celtic cable down the middle back, from Lisa Kay's CPH, I found it on Ravelry it's hot pink. Anyway I love the looks of the cable, but boy do I have to pay attention, I'd probably be twice as far on this if I wasn't doing that cable (or if I didnt have 3 little ankle bitters). I'll keep you updated. I know Karina has started hers too, can't wait to see pics!

ArtLady1981
07-08-2008, 06:58 PM
OMG! That is such a cool modification! WOW! I was thinking about making another CPH for myself (using Crystal Palace TAOS green tweed)...and if I do...I will definitely use your idea regarding the CELTIC CABLE up the back! I took a look at Lisa Kay's blog. I like your ribbing better (plain 2x2 rib) I don't much care for the cables extending down into the ribbing. It is nice for some things. Not the CPH. Are you gonna put the CELTIC CABLE up the sleeves as well? I think it looks very artistic in the sleeves!

Lisa Kay is quite an accomplished knitter. I have already printed out her modifications (from her blog)! Now I am positive I will make another CPH!

I have 3 yarns to decide between:

1) Oatmeal/cream Tahki Donegal Tweed
2) Cream/undyed/natural Malabrigo Merino worsted
3) Crystal Palace TAOS green tweed

Here is the TAHKI Donegal Tweed, although it is not as white as shown:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2299/1750014799_61c3b7507c.jpg?v=0

Here is the Malabrigo:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2310/2456628179_da80534625.jpg?v=0

Here is the Crystal Palace TAOS:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1100/1369758607_627d7abd2b.jpg?v=0

Scarf I made for my DD using TAOS green tweed, same color number:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1003/1388214428_785c5bed3e.jpg?v=0

What's your opinion? I'm stuck.

robynbird
07-08-2008, 09:08 PM
Julie - that's beautiful!!

Artlady - all 3 would be lovely but I really like the color variations of the Taos yarn!!

shortnsweetly
07-09-2008, 01:37 AM
I like the Taos Green too Artlady! I would LOVE to see a CPH worked up in that yarn. Let us know what you decide!

ArtLady1981
07-09-2008, 03:18 AM
Yeah, I'm liking the TAOS, too! Besides, maybe the cream MALABRIGO is too dressy for a hoodie! And I was going to use the Tahki Donegal Tweed for a different 3/4 coat called MELISSA by Elsebeth Lavold. I forgot about my plan for the MELISSA, which wouldn't look good in TAOS tweed!

Well, now to stalk the UPS truck! I ordered the green tweed TAOS and another TAOS color called Chaco Canyon.

Here is the CHACO CANYON:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3085/2652419392_d3b040e58f.jpg?v=0

I know I'm being a pest...but, between the green tweed TAOS below... and this Chaco Canyon above, which one would look best for the CENTRAL PARK HOODIE, in your opinion? I need your feedback. :eyes: If they are equally good in your opinion, just say so.
I could rummage my patterns and find a pattern for the other color. :eyebrow:

Green Tweed TAOS:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2651593285_4a10b6722c.jpg?v=0

Karina
07-09-2008, 03:44 AM
I really like the scarf and the way the green knits up. I think it would be easier to decide if you had a swatch knitted up of the Chaco Canyon.

I did start the CPH Viking version a couple of days ago. I happened to get 12 skeins of Rowan summer tweed on half price sale, went straight onto ravelry to see what people made with it. One person had made a CPH using that yarn, used up 12 skeins knitting my size. That just told me that it was destiny calling, I did get my DH go back to the shop and get me another bag of ten skeins just in case. Did not want to be half a skein out. Can always use the extra yarn for something else.

Will go take a picture of my progress so far.

Karina
07-09-2008, 04:22 AM
Here is 3 photo's of my progress so far

I have completed the ribbing and the transition rows and am about to start the first pattern repeat.

The ribbing measures 4.5 inches and the whole thing 5.5 inches. had to make it that extra half an inch to stop on row 5 of the cabling.

Here is the first photo of the whole thing

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Here is a photo of the centrel ribbing done with the cable. I love the thin cable going up. very pleased how that turned out.

49037

here is a photo of the cable on the side. I would not do this on the next one. like the cable but not how the edge is a bit lumpy.

49036

Feel like a bit of a donut at the moment. was looking at it last night and though one of the cable repeats on the side looked bigger. Thought maybe I had miscounted and done a couple of extra row. so went back 8 rows ripped it out stitch by stitch as I did not want to loose my count on all the different cable rows. Finally got to my goal just to realise that the slight difference in size is because I went from a 4mm needle to a 5mm.

ArtLady1981
07-09-2008, 05:05 AM
OMG! The pink Summer Tweed is knitting up FABULOUSLY! I made a Viking Knits pullover back in 2004 using Rowan Summer Tweed in a red called Summer Berry. It is wonderful! You will love it!

My LYS (over in North Eastern Washington by our wilderness property) is having a half-price sale on Summer Tweed, too. Hmmm. Makes me think maybe Rowan is getting ready to discontinue it. That's what happened to POLAR, too. BTW, can you imagine my joy to discover a QUALITY YARN SHOP over in Hicksville, USA? I mean,this little town at the base of our mountain property is teeny weeny. Only one grocery store, and two gas stations, and lots of local eateries! No Starbucks, No Walmarts, No McDonalds and such! And one divine yarn shop!
Oh, and a great art gallery, and a couple old timey hotels!

A great little town actually! So unlike anything I've ever seen!
The yarn shop owner is all over me! She is running the shop in the two front rooms of her little house on main street! She is very classy. Lithe, grey-haired, and in the summer she wears white linen capris and shirt with great handmade jewelry! She is a great knitter, too!

Anyhoo, enough of that.

THANKS so much for the input. Yes, that is a good idea. I will swatch the CHACO CANYON Taos when it arrives. The proof is in the puddin' they say! JimmyBeansWool emailed me that the CHACO CANYON is on backorder fo r2 weeks. That's ok. I gotta finish my brothers jacket, and tonight I wound my 15 skeins of NATURWOLLE BLACK FOREST yarn. On our wilderness week (next week)...if I get Rick's jacket pieces done, I'm gonna make a VOGUE Buttoned Cape for myself.

The Ruana and the Ponco that I started for Ethel, my brother's wife, are a bust. I hate them. As I knit along, thinking about the project and how it might look of her...I got discouraged and scrapped the projects. I just haven't hit upon the right pattern with the right yarn FOR HER. sigh. So, for now, I haven't chosen anything for Ethel. Hmmm. I wonder...maybe a Central Park Hoodie? It comes in the larger ladies sizes now. (like I'm small...yeah right! :eyes:) But Ethel is taller than me by quite a bit, and she is BUSTY. I'm not, and I made the size 46 finished chest.

PS: I found a cable in my computer files, called FLIRTATION. A free cable design from VOGUE. Just GOOGLE 'vogue flirtation cable' and tinker around on their website for the free stitches section. It's there.
I might do this cable on each side of that CELTIC/VIKING lattice cable! I like it!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3065/2651743087_63ea5627bc.jpg?v=0

Oh gads, I'm tired. I'm gonna say goodnight. I recorded the finale episode of HELL'S KITCHEN tonight!

Karina
07-09-2008, 05:43 AM
I was wondering if you ever sleep. Love the vogue cable.

Am about to put in a lifeline, if a mistake should happen again it would be easier to just rip it out to the lifeline and then start again, so will put in a line every pattern repeat.

I have to say I am very pleased with how this CPH is working out and will definitely make another one. Nice to know that your can put your own spin on it by using different cables on it. Makes every one a bit different, have forgotten how much I love to knit cables. Last time was when I made a cardigan for my daughter when she was 18 months old (about 12 years ago)

jberry16
07-09-2008, 10:08 AM
Thanks everyone I'm very pleased with it too! I'm 10" in as of last night from the bottom up, and the pattern says to continue in the pattern until 14", that does include the ribbing, or no?

Karina I love that color! it's looking so pretty! Maybe Maisey would want one?

ArtLady (what's your name?) I really like the green Taos yarn, but would love to see a swatch of the canyon too. I'm thinking either of those would look nice, esp since you just used the cream color to knit that beautiful long coat for yourself. How long does it take you to knit a CPH?

Karina
07-09-2008, 11:04 AM
I have finished 11 inches, can't put it down. The 14 inches is including the ribbing. I am sure the pattern said 14 inches in total.

I was thinking to make mine about 16 inches before the decreases for the arms ( would like to cover some of my butt) any body made their CPH longer and did it work out well?

I think I should have loads of yarn left over to make something for Maisey, would be cool to make a matching CPH for her, since she is only 2 she is unlikely to argue with me.

ArtLady1981
07-09-2008, 01:10 PM
Hi Karina,

I made my CPH 1" longer. And of course, you're right: the time to do it is before you begin your armhole decreases.

But there have been many sweaters that I make longer! Some have been 5" longer! Especially, Mmy KHAKI CABLES white cotton cardigan: it is shown in the book as a cropped cardigan. I made mine to ride over my hips. Prolly 5" longer.

And the answer given about the 14" is right. When a pattern says something like "when the pieces measures 14", begin the armhole shaping"...unless stated otherwise, it always means the whole shebang.

OK, I'm off to work on my brother's jacket!

Karina
07-10-2008, 04:02 PM
Here is a photo of the back so far. I have done 4 repeats of the cable in the centre and it measures 16 inches so I will start shaping for the sleeves.
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I am really enjoying this knit, was a bit fed up today when housework and errands stopped me working on it.

Off to put kids to bed then the shaping starts.:cheering:

jberry16
07-10-2008, 04:15 PM
Karina it looks great!!!
:( I just had to :frog: 13 rows of mine, b/c I'd crossed the left side cables wrong starting 13 rows back. I'm so :hair: right now, it sucks! I only had 4" to go on it till I was done with the back. But I couldn't leave it b/c it didn't look like a cable, it looked like a snake. Thank God for lifelines!
I know, darn housework! sheesh.

Karina
07-10-2008, 05:04 PM
With the speed you are going at you will be caught up in no time I'm sure. Still annoying when that happens. I agree though with cables the mistake will stare you in the face every time you look at it. best to rip and do over. Post a photo I want to see. i love that blue colour you are using.

ArtLady1981
07-10-2008, 06:57 PM
...Off to put kids to bed then the shaping starts.:cheering:

I read that, and thought: "HUH? :?? Putting the kids to bed at 12:02 pm?"

Doh! :doh: Then I glanced at your location again! The UK! :aww: I know that you are ahead of me in the timezone thing...maybe as much as 8 hours?...but when you post, the time that appears on your post is given as per my timezone. So, when you were putting the kids to bed...it was only 12:02 pm (noon) at my house! :teehee:

I'm gonna GOOGLE timezones...and see what time it is at your house now!

I'm back! Just as I suspected! You are 8 hours ahead of me! You were putting the kids to bed at 8 pm! My time is 4 pm now...and it is
midnight at your house!

When I visited Switzerland several years ago...job related...I had a dickens of a time trying to phone home when DH would be available!
I finally gave up, and just sent faxes from the hotel desk!

Karina
07-10-2008, 07:41 PM
Well after reading about Julies little mishap. I though I would just have a little look at my cabling and what do I find a wrong crossed cable. Thankfully It was only nine rows down so ripped it out and started again so I only got to do the first two rows of decreased.

Now it is 12.39am and I am going to have limited ability to function tomorrow. gotta get the kids up and out of bed at 7am to get ready for school.

jberry16
07-10-2008, 08:13 PM
I think I only have 1 repeat left (of the Celtic cable)

jberry16
07-10-2008, 08:20 PM
:hug: Karina you'll have it fixed & be well on your way tomorrow! I find that when I do dumb stuff like that it usually means I was up past my bedtime & was not concentrating.

Karina
07-11-2008, 02:55 AM
The problem is fixed already. Your back looks great Julie. What yarn is that again cant remember.

I probably won't have much time today, the in-laws are coming. can't let them think their son lives in total scallor just so I can knit. and I will have to do a bit of shopping so I can feed everybody.

jberry16
07-11-2008, 11:16 AM
It's cascade 220 heathers. I think it's a little darker blue than the pics show.

becky77340
07-13-2008, 09:13 PM
Hi my name is Becky I live in southeastern Texas. I have been knitting for 3 yrs self taught. This will be my first cable project. I am planning to make 3 of these sweaters. My SIL and DD and myself all want one. My SIL picked out forrest green heather woolease, I am starting this on because I can work the kinks out with the less expensive yarn. I am starting with size 36 " pattern, SIL is 34" bust. I need yall's input do you think this will be a good size for her. I am sure I will have lots of questions so I have already swatched and will be CO in the next day or so.:woohoo:

jberry16
07-13-2008, 10:54 PM
I think that would be a good size, I think the 32 would be too small, I'm also making the 36 and have a 36 bust (38 ish now b/c of breastfeeding) but I have a cheap store bought cardi that measures 36 & so that's what Im making.
:woot: glad to have you along. ArtLady is really good about responding quickly unless she's out of town (obviously) but we're here to help as much as possible. not sure if you've read this thread from page one or not, but there's LOTS of tips in here, I'll have to go back and re-read some of her tips. Things I never thought of she mentions in here & I'm always glad to get tips.
I'm also self taught, been knitting for about 3 years too...how much fun!

Karina
07-14-2008, 07:00 AM
Hi Becky welcome to the KAL. Hope you are going to enjoy making this cardigan. I am doing the back of my first one and love it. already have yarn for another.

Julie show us a photo of your completed back and your fronts. a couple of days ago you had completed 6 inches. You must be almost done by now? Have you washed and blocked the back while you are doing the fronts, or are you going to do the whole lot together.

I had no time over the weekend to knit on the CPH, I think I had withdrawal symptoms. I will try to finish the back today and tomorrow.

Artlady - since you have used the Rowan summer tweed before, could you tell me how I should block it. do you soak like wool? Can't get the fiber wash? that you recommended in this country, and not too sure if you can get liquids sent in the post. Probably would cost a fortune in postage as well.

jberry16
07-14-2008, 10:17 AM
Karina I didn't even have a chance to knit this weekend, I only looked at it yesterday afternoon but didn't have the energy to hold the needles. I'm still only at 6" on the fronts. I'll try to post pics later today-though I have errands to run today. One of my errands is to find a blocking board or foam alphabet squares
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61micO8wpVL._SS260_.jpg
or a sweater drying rack
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/assets/product_images/380/647610214963P.JPG
to use :think: not sure what would work best. But I think since the drying rack is only $8 & the alphabet squares are &30 I'll look for the first one first. I also need to find some no rust T pins or something similar. And I need to get groceries, mow Grandma's grass (it rained yesterday and was too wet) since I couldn't yesterday & didn't have time on Sat. So maybe I'll get to block the back today & work on the fronts. If I don't post pics today I'll do my best to post them tomorrow. I'll post them on ravelry too, I'm jberry16 on there too.