Saturday, March 31, 2007

Matching Outfits

As promised:



Pattern: Central Park Hoodie, Fall 2006 Knitscene

Yarn & Needles: about 6 skeins of Cascade 220 Heathers, US 7 for ribbing & US 9 for body

Sizing info: I knit the size M (36" bust) and measure 35" around, thus, it gives me about an inch of ease all around. I have seen some discussion that this sweater runs small, and I would say that this sweater fits comfortably but slimly. I especially like how this sweater fits in the shoulder and arm, because as a petite girl, it is important for garments to fit properly in the shoulder. If you are looking for something jacket-like, or have broad shoulders, size up.

Pattern Mods: I did my fancy ribbing so that it looks neat and even. No drunken ribbing here. I also did a three-needle bind off for the shoulders after using short rows to shape the shoulders. This was a revelation to me, with the tidiest shoulder seams I have ever done.


I absolutely love this sweater. I have never knit a sweater in Cascade 220, but I can tell you it will be the go-to yarn for years to come. I have worn it a lot since finishing it, and there is nary a pill to be seen. I also love the mulberry color, and have the incredible StuntMother to thank for choosing it on our jaunt to the Tangled Web. This is not a color I usually wear, but I love it. There are blue and red tweedy flecks throughout the yarn enriching the color. Besides cream or black, what should I wear under this sweater? All fashion suggestions are welcome.

Mr. S finds himself totally stymied by the whole concept of the KAL, asking me why we felt the need to have "matching outfits." He wants to know if we plan on wearing our "matching outfits" when next we meet. Bless his heart. He is such a muggle.

30 comments:

HPNY Knits said...

ooooooh! nice one. it came out GREAT. nice color, fit well and looks cosy. casscade 220 is a good everything yarn.

Specs said...

Looks great!

LaurieM said...

You could wear just about any color under that hoodie. It has a classic style and shape and you did a great job with it.

Tone on tone is a good look, so try another shade of purple. I wouldn't try to match the color, but instead go for a shade lighter or darker. Purple and green can be a nice combo and I think an apple green might be a fresh look if you're feeling funky. But if you want to play it safe, there are other neutrals besides white or black, such as grey, navy, brown, beige or taupe.

I say, play with it! Wear it lots!

Lolly said...

What a fabulous sweater! but I have to say, I think your smile is even better! you look great ;)

Ashley said...

What a great sweater, and a great color on you! And I love that we all have matching outfits out there--it's like the ultimate secret gang sign!

Madge said...

Congrats on finishing your CPH. Love the color and your fancy ribbing - it looks sooo spiffy on you!

Matching outfits. *giggle, snort* Men are so cute.

tiennie said...

Looks so lovely on you! Great job.

Kelly said...

looks great! I'm knitting the small and hoping to block it a little fingers crossed it works.

Dave said...

It came out beautifully -- well done! I'm no fashionista, but I'd say, go for the granny apple green :-) Or teal! Or orange!!

Stuntmother said...

Ooh, it's lovely. And what a great color on you! Now I need one. Hmmm. Hey, let's wear them at the same time and go bowling!

Mintyfresh said...

The CPH is such a perfect fit on you! And the color is excellent.

Claudia in CT said...

One of the nicest CPH's I've spied - great job! (And I'm very inspired...) You should wear this color more often - it looks great on you!

Julie said...

Your sweater is gorgeous! I love the color and it looks great on you.

iSeL said...

Congratulations!! What a fabulous sweater.

Anonymous said...

another fabu garment from the needles of liz k!

you look bee-you-tee-full as always!

and WHAT is so wrong with all the KAL gals wearing their CPH together in a room? this would be a great sight to see; kinda like everyone wearing their knitted socks.

rock on!

anne marie in philly

Ann said...

I want to be in the matching outfits club! But that would mean that I would have to pick up my CPH and finish knitting it!

Liz, you look fabu and the CPH looks pretty darn great too.

Zonda said...

Great color and fit on you! (from the KAL!) :)

Mo said...

So when do we get to geek out in our matching hoodies? Looks awesome.

KnitPastis said...

This looks fabulous and totally love this color! You are such a cutie!

eyeknit said...

Liz, It's beautiful on you! I agree about the Cascade 220 Heathers, and you are so photogenic!

Susan said...

I've never knit with Cascade 220 because, well, at the LYS, it's there, but there are so many more exciting yarns that catch my eye. Of course, I they're splitty and knotty, and make me crazy. I need to walk by the flashy stuff and head for the good stuff, like Cascade 220, that will do me right.

I really love the color of the CPH and I think you're going to get so much wear out of such a wonderful knit. I think that color would look quite nice with a deep blue/green color, maybe a teal or peacock shade.

knittingphilistine said...

Simply stunning!! Why-oh-why can't I get myself to finish my own CPH?? The results through blogland are fantastic, I am just not at all interested in the pattern. One of these days, perhaps.

knitnzu said...

Very nice! I recently knit a cabled scarf in the 220 and also love it. Your dh is a funny muggle!

nova said...

It's gorgeous! The color suits you too!

Sally said...

Fabuloso, mi amiga! It really looks great Liz. You look great in it, and you also look like you are feeling MUCH better.

I told WT that I was doing a KAL as well. He just kind of gave me that blank stare and said, "Uh, that's nice. I guess."

Men. :o)

SJ said...

Looks fantastic! Cascade 220 is my go-to yarn -- great colors, great versatility, great price!

Laura said...

wow! that's beautiful! I'm happy to hear that you discovered short-row shoulder shaping and the 3-needle BO. I've been singing the praises of those two techniques for a long time.

Congratulations on a great FO!

Lauren said...

It looks fantastic! I'm doing mine in Cascade 22 Heathers too, color 4005 (dark blue).

I see you did short rows for the shoulders. Could you share with me some of the details? I posted this question on the CPH blog but no one's responded yet.

Do I do turn my work on a WS row instead of binding off on a RS row? For example, for the left front, do I turn my work 6 sts before the end of the 3 WS rows? Also, did you wrap the stitches as you turned your work?

Thanks so much for your help. I hope mine turns out close to as nicely as yours did.

Laurie (Moo!) said...

(I'm so far behind in my reading!)

Your CPH is beautiful!

Progress on mine is s l o w but I'm really enjoying working with the Cascade 220.

Thanks for the info on the size.

Wear it in good health!

Maybe we'll run into each other at MD S&W!

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

I love tone on tone - those are nice suggestions by LaurieM. The sweater looks great! I haven't even tried to explain the KAL concept to Moxie. I think all of this is foreign to anyone who doesn't knit on line.