The Central Park Hoodie sweater is certainly beloved by the knitting world. On Ravelry right now, almost 5,000 hoodies are reported. The pattern is beloved in my family too. In 2012, I knit 6 children's versions of this sweater for my newphews and nieces. They all loved and wore them, and one of my nephews is insisting on wearing his too small version still. (I may have to rip and reknit it again next year, good thinkg there is still more yarn.) All of those mini CPH's are pictured on this post. And here is where I first referenced the pattern, right when it came out in 2006.
Prior to 2012, I knit one for myself, one for my sister Nean, one for my mom, one for my sister Jen, and then a pair of them for my aunts. That's 6 more. This winter I am knitting yet another one for my friend Staci. All the adult hoodies, except my own, have been knit out of some sort of tweed yarn, because I like the way it looks. The yarn for this 13th version is Queensland Kathmandu Aran in color 173 - purple with flecks of pink and black. It is super soft, and Staci likes it a lot. I hope to have the entire sweater finished by her Birthday a week from Friday, but in the meantime, here is the progress:
What's up next when I finish this sweater? ANOTHER Central Park Hoodie. Pattern chosen by my boss when I gifted her with a sweater's worth of yarn for Christmas. And when I finish that lucky number 14 CPH, I STILL won't be done with the pattern, as those aunts of mine mentioned above have lost an amazing over 100 lbs of each, and I will be ripping back their sweaters and knitting them in the new size for next fall! Basically, this pattern is great. I don't actually follow it anymore, but I have certainly gotten my money's worth on the original magazine purchase, and I'm sure I will find reason to knit it again in the future.