Friday, February 9, 2007

Central Park Hoodie Progress

So, you must be wondering what's going on with that Central Park Hoodie??? Well, Making 4 hats in between the time I started the hoodie has set ma back a bit, but now that I have cleared those tasks off of my list, I can focus on finishing my sweater. Here is the play by play.

I am using Cascade 220 yarn in this beatiful teal color because I found it to be softer than the Donegal tweed that the pattern originally called for, there were more skeins of this particular color at my yarn shop (Knit-A-Way of Brooklyn), the price was cheaper than the Donegal Tweed, and the owner special ordered the remaining skeins that I needed. When you are working with a budget, you are always mindful of cutting costs. And having a really nice yarn shop owner is also a plus..(Cita, you Rock ....uh did I spell your name right... well for those of you in blog land, her name is pronounced Cee-Tah!!!) There have been no modifications made to the pattern, and I am doing the 36 inch pattern size, since I wear a small. I actually want it to fit close, and true to size.

Here is my swatch. I think the row gauge may be off by two more rows, but since the pattern requests knitting to a certain length, I don't think it will be a problem.

This is the lower ribbed portion of the back of the sweater. Knitted using size 6 needles - 26 rows - 4 inches

I then changed to size 8 needles to knit the rest of the back, and begin the cables, which I must say, for my first attempt, are coming out quite nice. Week #1

This is about 60 rows of cables. A few more rows, and I start the arm shaping. This picture shows the true color of the yarn, with natural light. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this color. Week #2

Week #3- More to come. I have to catch a ten hour flight before the week is over, so I am sure that I will be bringing back a lot more pictures from my trip. Hey, I may even finish the whole sweater. Stay tuned.


Madge said...

Thanks for popping in and saying hi on my blog! (and on the CPH KAL site, too)

Your CPH looks great! The teal you've picked is a lovely jewel tone, and your cables and ribbing look perfect. Have you finished both front pieces yet?

I've ripped out mine and started again on a larger needle, and it looks much better...hope to have another post up today about it.

Happy knitting!

Shameka said...

Madge, you are very welcome. Thanks for the complement on my handiwork. I am trying my best to get it right, since this is my first sweater, and I don't want to mess it up.

I am still working on the front pieces, doing both sides at the same time. I will post pictures soon. It is supposed to snow in New York tomorrow. So, it looks like a hot-chocolate knit night for me. Hopefully by this weekend I will finish the fronts.

Keep up the good work!