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Men Who Knit & The Dogs Who Love Them: 30 Great-Looking Designs for Man & His Best Friend Hardcover – January 28, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books; First Edition edition (January 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579908748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579908744
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A native of Ohio, Annie called the New York area her home for almost 20 years. Now she resides in St. Paul, MN where there is PLENTY of time for knitting, designing and writing while she cares for her husband and children and variously changing pets.

Annie's work has appeared in every major knitting magazine and knitting website, she has written 8 knit technique & pattern books, and has edited several volumes of essays on fiber and craft.

Annie teaches her unique style of knitting across the US and Europe. Her online classes are accessible via www.knittingheretic.com.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I own a couple of other books on sweaters for men. This one has a nice variety--nice twist on some classic styles for men. There are 11 sweater/pullover projects, 1 vest, 1 pair of socks, 3 hats, and 1 scarf for men. Most of the sweaters call for needles from US size 4 to size 8. There is only 1 project that calls for US size 10.5. They cover a variety of technique from simple stripes and textured stitches to intarsia, fair isle, slip stitch/mosaic, regular vs. yoked, double row collar, etc.

There are a lot of variety for men's best friend, too--kerchief, pullovers, muscle T, toy, socks, sofa, bed, saddlebag--17 projects. Even though I don't own a dog, I will probably try out some of these doggie patterns anyway and may adapt some for the cats.

There is a good section on techniques and sizing charts for men AND dogs. Special techniques covered includes short row, tubular knitting with 2 circular needles and cabling without a cable needle. The cabling trick is really helpful as I am working on a aran sweater. This trick allows me to do the cables faster. Annie Modesitt also invented the special stitch to make the dreadlocks shown on the cover. I may use this for fringes on my next scarf. Sprinkled through out the book are also quotes from men who knit. This book is a definite keep for me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Wussow VINE VOICE on November 26, 2007
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My DH recently had knee surgery. To alleviate his boredom during recovery, I quickly taught him to knit, and ordered this book and The Knitting Man(ual): 20+ Projects for Guys to help him along (and keep him out of my organized knitting reference library!)

DH disliked The Knitting Man(ual) and considered the patterns "impractical." He didn't like its rolled-neck, -sleeved, -waisted sweater (tho' there's a similar one in this book), or one featuring a "too-wide" boat neck. He also didn't like The Knitting Man(ual)'s minimalist instructions. The other book was written by a woman, and DH felt it presented a limited view that all men who knit are of a single young, urban, artsy demographic. (I, however, am keeping that book for its top-down hat pattern, and its sock patterns, since it's already here.) DH did like its hiking sock pattern.

But THIS book - written by male and female knitters - really fueled DH's knitting frenzy. Although he would never wear the Rasta hat on the cover, he immediately considered making it without the curlicues. He loved many of the other designs, particularly the colorwork ones, and wondered out loud how they would look in such-and-such different colors.

DH found the instructions (including "Western," "Eastern," and "Combined" knitting techniques - i.e., English/German, Crossed, and Eastern Uncrossed) to be in-depth, easy to understand, and well-illustrated. Being a Combination knitter myself, I was glad this book presented such "open-minded" instructions from which a beginner could choose what happened to be most comfortable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Baysden on September 1, 2007
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I bought this book after seeing one of the hats on "Knitty Gritty" and was not disappointed. The designs are wearable and just beautiful, and instructions are clear and thoughtfully given. There are many sweater designs here that I will eventually knit up. Can't wait.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Megan on February 27, 2007
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I currently have no family of the four legged variety (does one count a crawling baby?) but I have plenty of plans for the mens patterns! Snatched this from my local B&N as soon as it came out, and I love it. Definetely recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BookMD on July 24, 2014
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I noticed all the knitting books for men were purchased by women (usually wife/partner). I wanted something for my son, who is a pretty good knitter and also has a loyal corgi. This book is a hoot BUT it has usable sweater, hat, and vest patterns, plus silly things for doggies. All the models are men, and he can use this book without fear of estrogen contamination. Go ahead and laugh - these men don't care!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pugfish on November 1, 2011
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I liked this book because it had some different dog sweaters than other books out there. The instructions are clear. The pictures of the sweaters ae very good to get an idea for your dog. I made two sweaters from this book and they are both very nice. They knit up fast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald W. Corbitt on March 3, 2008
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Great book. Loved it. Many neat patterns for guys, as well for their four-legged pals, the dogs. An ideal book for any dude who knits. Entertaining to read, and easy to follow the various patterns and instructions.
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