It’s finished!

The moment has come – finally – my Central Park Hoodie is finished!

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Snuggly, cosy, and comfortable, I am loving the hoodie now that it’s done.

Stupidly though, it hasn’t been an easy road, I seemed to keep hitting speed bumps along the way with this knit. It started off plain sailing: the two sleeves were done first, then the back. I had to rip back one of the sleeves about 30 rows when I realised I’d crossed a cable two rows early.  I abandoned keeping a record of my rows at that stage – I figured if I coudn’t get it right *with* a notebook, there was little point in relying on one. And, well, the girls kept stealing it to do scribbles in too. Miss 1 favoured the exact same page I was using for some reason.

Front #1 was done easily, and then you’ve probably heard about front #2 where I realised two rows from the end that I’d made the same cable mistake as on the sleeve – except 10 inches back. Despite my efforts at tinking, I had to rip it back and knit again. The hood went smoothly, and the band knit up well too. But the seaming – ahhhh, the seaming!

It’s been a long while since I knit a sweater in pieces. And I was reminded why when seaming this beauty. Why? Not only the time spent, but then the horrible realisation I’d sewn a sleeve in upside down. Oh no!  No wonder it didn’t fit so well. 

So, today was a new day, the sleeve repositioned is much more attractive, and I popped on two toggles  that are destined to be replaced with cuter ones I found online (and in slightly better and more even positions).  And thus it was time to steam block and try it on again.

Here ’tis.

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The yarn I used for the project was a total bargain – you might remember me saying I’d picked up extra skeins for extra length – I need not have bothered, I actually used way less than the requirements, 10 skeins of Naturally Sensation a divinely soft 70% Merino 30% Angora blend, which I paid $4 each for  – so a hoodie for $40 is great – and the extra 8 -yes 8 skeins – is more than enough for the gorgeous Rosamund’s Cardigan I’ve been drooling over from the latest Interweave Knits.  This yarn has a wee halo to it, but I think that the cables stand out well nevertheless.

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So, aside from my lessons in how to tink cables, and how to look twice before seaming, I did my first three needle bind off in this project and blocked something in pieces for the first time ever. 

And the pattern? It’s a popular pattern, and I can see why. The fit is good – it’s relatively close fitting without shaping, big enough to be cosy but not unflattering. The cables are simple, chunky and well placed.  The hood makes it a versatile piece, and I can see that it will get lots of wear. Well, it would if I hadn’t finished it in early spring  – but I’ll be pleased to see if in my drawer come autumn next year! I changed nothing about the pattern except the length, adding three inches in total. The sleeves are super long, and I will wear the cuffs folded up, except in super cold weather.

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So, 11 down, one to go and I’ll have my NaKniSweMoDo challenge complete.


17 Responses to “It’s finished!”

  1. 1 Carol September 20, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    ❤ Love it!!! I can't wait to make mine!

  2. 2 topperarnold September 20, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    You must have the patience of Job! I never would have made it through to the end with all those speed bumps. I humbly bow to your knitting powers. 🙂

  3. 3 Kate September 21, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Great sweater! The color looks amazing! I love your stick-to-itiveness. You may have inspired me to take out the remaining CPH sleeve I have in a bin and JUST FINISH THE SWEATER ALREADY!!

  4. 4 Virginia September 21, 2009 at 2:00 am

    It’s beautiful! Congratulations.

    I’m about to start making my first sweater in pieces, and I’m a little nervous.

  5. 5 Caffeine Girl September 21, 2009 at 3:00 am

    You get extra points for not throwing the project into the back of closet and forgetting about it. It was totally worth all that attention. Beautiful sweater!

  6. 6 shortly24 September 21, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Awww, thanks guys :)I hope to get knitting amnesia and just enjoy wearing this!

  7. 7 Jo September 21, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I’ve already commented on Rav but just wanted to say again. I LOVE IT. It’s something I would love to knit for myself one day, unfortunately I’m still a bit slow and not quite ready to do something for me.

    Love the colour and yes, what a bargain for $40 and yay for having enough to make something else, added bonus 🙂

  8. 9 hannah September 21, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Congrats on finishing it Sheryl, it looks amazing

  9. 10 Lisa Liddell September 21, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Now I can understand why my mother had a half finished cable knit jumper in her knitting bag for most of my childhood. In fact I imagine that it is still unfinished somewhere in the depths of her closet. Your tenacity is impressive as are you knitting skills. That will be super snuggly come winter.

    • 11 shortly24 September 21, 2009 at 10:47 am

      Hehe, yep, that and running around after you three seem like plenty good reasons for it to be half finished. Perhaps I should show you what’s half finished at my place – nothing impressive though.

  10. 12 neak September 21, 2009 at 10:16 am

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh snuggly!!! Well done love the colour 🙂

  11. 13 Judy September 21, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Looks awesome, and well done for continuing on and getting it finished. It’d still be in my knitting basket. I need time to get over my mistakes and be ready to rip.

  12. 14 kreachr September 21, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Wow, you’ve done a fantastic job! It looks stunning, and makes me want to give it a go myself. I’m glad you persevered, you must be really proud of your work 🙂

    And a total score on the yarn! Where did you find that deal??

    Jealous (1)

  13. 15 Lina September 21, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    It looks beautiful! Great job!

  14. 16 I September 22, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Like-Like-Like!! You look nice and warm!

  15. 17 Heather September 22, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Oh it’s just beautiful. The color. The fit. The yarn, what a fantastic deal!! I love it. I’m sure you will be able to sneak in a wear or two before next fall.
    OT-I received the prize you I won from your contest today. (clap, clap,clap) Oh thank you so much!! I love it, too. ((hugs))

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