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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (October 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756622891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756622893
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Co-founder of menknit.net, an online resource for male knitters, del Vecchio's print version is an excellent sourcebook for knitters of any gender. After a comprehensive introduction to knitting basics, including cast-ons, how to read yarn labels and how to tie a slip knot, del Vecchio offers detailed instructions for everything from a business card holder and iPod case to sweaters, throws and a knee-length coat, keeping projects practical and stylish. A standard sweater is jazzed up with an eye-catching tribal design, and he offers patterns for everyday manly items such as hiking boot socks and a watchman's cap and scarf. Each design comes with detailed instructions and, in true DK fashion, the book is loaded with photos and diagrams, making del Vecchio's projects practically foolproof for knitters of any skill level.
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'n Bitch oldly announced knitting was no longer for grandma. Girls everywhere were picking up their needles and stitching, reclaiming this "domestic art" as hip and modern. Well it's time to shake things up again and dispel the myth that knitting is a girl thing. Men knit and they have for ages. Sailors knit aboard fishing boats, cowboys knit while tending cattle and surgeons knit to keep their fingers nimble. Men have knitted from the beginning of knitting. When the stigma of knitting as a women's craft began is unclear, but it hasn't kept men from knitting. Still, resources for male knitters are limited. Most pattern books are filled with projects for women and children, providing only a few patterns for men (usually a hat, scarf and raglan sweater). Del Vecchio has collected a wonderful selection of modern patterns for men, giving the book appeal not just to men interested in knitting but also to women looking for more patterns for men. Readers are encouraged to spread the word that men knit--knit in public, start a men-only knitting group, participate in online communities. Resource lists of books, Web sites, and yarns, as well as advice on how to start your own knitting group, are provided at the end of the book. An essential addition to any knitting library, not just because it challenges our ideas of his-and-her crafts but also because of the stunning, modern patterns inside. Jennifer Palmer
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Customer Reviews

I think there's a great mix of good patterns, resources, and technique, and of course it fills a need in the knitting book world.
Mary-Heather
Finding anything to do with knitting that is remotely geared toward guys is unusual to say the least and this book is both good and geared toward male knitters.
Jason Barnhart
Most men like simple designs without a lot of fuss so if your looking for knit something your man will actually wear you'll find them in this book.
AntieV

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By M. Lisa Putman on October 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Just got my copy. WOW!!!!!!!!!!

One of the best knitting books I've ever seen.

It has superlative instructions for learning to knit English, Continental AND left-handed: increasing, decreasing, joining pieces together in a variety of ways -- all first class. And he charts. And has schematics.

And the patterns. I love almost every one of them. Well thought out and great looking designs -- the hooded sweater with the fold-down cuff which turns into a half-mitten -- fantastic idea! I've never seen it done elsewhere.

O.K. I'm not a guy. But I have guy students. They will be REQUIRED to get this. I do have a husband, 2 grown sons, and about a dozen other male relatives. And, of course, most of the designs are classic and would work equally well for women (with appropriate color changes). The wallet, credit card holder, cup cozy and laptop case are going OTN just as soon as I can get to my stash.

Not to mention that the patterns are easily adapted for women and children ...

WOW!!! I'm in love.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary-Heather on December 9, 2006
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I think there's a great mix of good patterns, resources, and technique, and of course it fills a need in the knitting book world. I wanted this book because I find that there often aren't enough patterns for men, period, no matter the proposed gender of the knitter. On my first quick look-throught the book, I found several projects I want to knit; when I saw the alpaca running sweater, I instantly knew I have to make it for my (very picky) brother. He'll love it. Personally, I think the coffee cozies would be great gifts, and the felted dop kit is so smart; I can see it in all kinds of yarn/fabric lining combos. Several small details of the book - the stitch dictionary (in color) in the back, which gives an easy reference for the projects; the tips on starting a knitting group; the history of men who knit throughout - make Knitting with Balls a good read and reference, as well as a good pattern book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By AntieV on December 12, 2006
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It's a nice easy book with adaptable patterns. Some of the colors chosen for images aren't very masculine but most of the designs are. I plan to make socks and a hoodie for my husband and a scarf and pullover for myself. Most men like simple designs without a lot of fuss so if your looking for knit something your man will actually wear you'll find them in this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marty Epstein on January 24, 2007
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I am a fairly new knitter and a guy and needed a good easy book to help me make some awesome projects. Well this book is fits my needs perfectly! The projects are really cool (I'm working on the bootcut sweater now) and the instructions are excellent and very easy to follow. Compared to other books I've looked at this one definitely kicks [...]. I highly recommend it
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William C. Sichina on March 26, 2007
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This is one fablous book. Quite explanatory. Easy to understand. Make knitting enjoyable, glad to see more men are joing the knitting circles. Seems like more and more men now days are taking up this craft. A lot of men knew how to knit, but kept it hidden. This book brings out the best of everything. Where to find knitting in your area. Knitting guilds for men. Makes every man wish they could do this. Great Thank You.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2008
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I purchased this book for a guy I used to work with who needed to spend some time at home after an accident. After looking at it in a book store, I decided to get it for him. I was convinced that if I had asked him about it first, he would have said NO, assuming that this was a "girl thing," despite the title. Much to his own surprise, he got well into it, actually completing a simple project. Because he had so much fun working on it, I'm sure he'll do many more.

If you'd like to open up a gentleman in your circle to the great sense of relaxation and creativity that can be had with a productive craft like knitting, this is a GREAT BUY! Include enough yarn and the needles for one project, so he can get started right away.

I already have my next recipient in mind!
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59 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Some Guy on November 17, 2006
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I too was excited by the subject and title of this new knitting book.

Groan!

This book missed its mark by a long shot. Male knitters are not effeminate, we just knit. This book is basically an insult.

A couple of the patterns are OK, but none are actually inspiring me to pick up my needles. Most of the patterns seem to be geared towards gay men. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it doesn't suit me at all.

Many of the patterns are just plain dumb and seem to be there just to fill up space, like the beer cozy, coffee cup cozy, wallet and the "utility cloth" (aka rag) for example. Why would I spend 2 days knitting a shop rag when I can buy a whole bundle at the store for a couple of bucks? This is also basically the same thing as a large dishcloth or small baby blanket, but the book calls it a "utility cloth" so it's for a man. Give me a break!

One of the other reviewers stated that some of the patterns were "fit for the fashion runway" Exactly! I don't know any man that wants to wear clothes that are fit for a runway, unless that runway is on an air-force base or something. I just assume leave the house in a blouse and pair of kulats than some of the garments displayed in this book.

Frankly the sweater that is on the cover of the book looks great, it was one of the main reasons for buying the book. Unfortunately, to my dismay, this pattern is NOT included in the book! WHAT WHY!? For shame!
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