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Men in Knits [Kindle Edition]

Tara Manning
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Book Description

This collection of men’s sweater projects presents classic designs and trendy fashion-forward pieces, forgoing the stereotypical Mr. Rogers and Bill Cosby variety of sweater. Offering tips for overcoming men’s reluctance to wear sweaters, this book provides the tools needed for making the right choices in fit, color, texture, and style to create beautiful, masculine knitted sweaters. Explored are how to understand his personal style and which colors and textures flatter particular physiques so that the sweater will be both enjoyable to knit and a favorite to wear. Patterns for Arans, Argyle, basket case, and cable rib are included for knitting cardigans, pullovers, V-necks, vests, and accessories such as scarves and gloves. Although intended for men, these sweaters have great unisex appeal and were developed for both new and seasoned knitters.

Editorial Reviews


"Lives up to its subtitle: sweaters to knit that he WILL wear." - Knit Together

About the Author

Tara Jon Manning is a contributing designer to knitting magazines, books, and yarn companies. She owns and operates Tara Handknitting Designs, a web-based business offering original design patterns and handknitting kits, and she conducts workshops and classes from her Boulder, Colorado studio.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3644 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (May 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH40ZGA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will men wear these? I think so... October 8, 2003
Men are notoriously difficult to knit for--they want neutral or dull colors (hard to see when knitting) or those impossibly colorful Australian sweaters favored by Bill Cosby. What should you make your MAN (or even yourself, if you are a man who knits?) Most of the knitting magazines have few men's patterns per issue, so it's nice to have a collection of things that men probably will like.
Most of the sweaters are texture-stitch style (Aran knitting, cables) but there are a few simple argyle-banded pullovers, a fine gauge vest or two, and a few boys' models. There is a helpful table to match fitting issues (barrel chests, tall torsos, tapered physique, round shoulders) to the corresponding sweater that will suit the figure. That's a worthwhile feature, as you can apply the ideas to other sweaters you might dream up in future.
What you WON'T find here are many colorwork models, nor that shawl-collared jacket so many men like to wear at home and in the yard, nor other popular styles such as Cowichan style thick knits, Icelandic yokes and the most mysterious omission of all--the Mr. Rogers style, complete with zipper. Perhaps the designer Tara Jon Manning doesn't like zippers in knits (I don't either, for that matter; the zipper tape is not as elastic as the knit fabric and that is a nuisance when you sew it in) --but you can hardly offer to knit a sweater for a man and not get a request for a cardigan like the late Fred Rogers pulled on when he stepped into his foyer.
If you like texture knitting, and if you want to knit for men and boys, this book is a good choice, especially for the useful fitting guide. If you want colorwork or zippers, you will need another book instead.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I have not knit for 25 years, and certainly never did anything like arans in my whole life, but have been able to make the most fantastic pullovers and cardigans for my boyfriend as a result, ones he not only wears, but proudly brags about (and so he should, the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino I use does NOT come cheap!!)At the same time, though, if you are going to take the trouble to do these lovely designs, go for the best yet most practical yarn you can afford. The patterns like the one on the front of the book knit up really well and swiftly if you use your markers and good wool, and don't go for anything too fussy that a guy will balk at-the texture and pattern really does all the work for you to make it gorgeous. I have made sweaters in black, navy, mid blue, charcoal gray, regular gray, and the traditional Irish oatmeal since I bought the book last year. The cardigans and pullovers also are very similar in patterns, strategy, like the diamonds, so once you get the pattern into your head, don't stop, go for another sweater.

The fit is perfect, the instructions clear, for the most part, if you make sure you read the whole thing through before you start the pattern, and make notes to yourself as you go.

Also, I strongly recommend photocopying the pattern several times per panel of the sweater or sleeve, to use as scratch paper, because they are repeating patterns based over like 30 rows or so. With the copies, you can just cross off one row so you don't get lost in the pattern. For the more complicated aran and color work ones, you can even cross them off one stitch at a time if need be.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He might just say "Ooooh! I would wear that." January 26, 2004
Men in Knits has clearly written, well-photographed patterns that are up-to-date without sacrificing classic style - the sweater you make him won't be out-of-date before you're finished knitting it! The variety of textured knitting and other projects makes this a book that will continue to be valuable to a knitter as their skill level increases. Not only do *I* like nearly every pattern in this book, the Cabled Rib cardigan was the first pattern my husband saw out of all that I showed him (after saying "I want to knit you a sweater") that actually made him go "Ooooh! I would wear that." Very glad I have it in my library; it's a worthwhile investment.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all aged men November 29, 2003
By bd
My husband fits the late 40 age group and he would wear every single one of these sweaters. I also have a son who is 22 who would wear them. There is even a pattern in there should I get a grandson some day. I am finishing a sweater now but one of these is next for my husband. They are extremely updated from the rest of the patterns out there. They actually are better than the ready made choices. A page showing where to find the yarns is in the back which will prove helpful. I hate knitting books that do not include that as the sweaters are designed for the yarn and substitutions rarely work. This is a keeper. I hope the binding holds up as I plan on knitting a lot of these! Why don't they ever make knitting books on spiral binding?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Patterns November 24, 2003
By A Customer
This book has great patterns to please men of all types and sizes. I was tired of all the men's sweater books with crazy colors, expensive yarns, and complicated patterns. This one turned out to be perfect for me and my husband. We took the quiz at the beginning of the book, and found 5 patterns that he liked, and I plan to give the quiz to my brother, father, father-in-law, and brother-in-laws as well. The sweaters are gorgeous, yet easy to knit, and very affordable. I highly recommend this book. You won't be disappointed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars classic sweater styles for men and boys
I previewed this book from a library and showed it to my dad. To my surprise, he picked out the basketweave cardigan for himself, my least favorite pattern in this book! Read more
Published 9 days ago by Joomi Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book, easy to follow charts
This is a great book, easy to follow charts, really beautiful sweaters. I completed my first aran sweater from this book. Definitely recommend this one!
Published 3 months ago by Irene Schreiber
5.0 out of 5 stars The author gives great advice on choosing a pattern based on a man's...
The patterns in this book have a lot of masculine appeal. The author gives great advice on choosing a pattern based on a man's personal style and his body type. Read more
Published 7 months ago by LJS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
This book is great. Lots of good patterns & they are easy to follow. I just wish it was on a spiral. I highly recommend it!! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kathleen Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a great knitting book for men!
It's so hard to find a book that has great patterns for men that won't "date." I really like traditional designs that stand the test of time and this book is awesome.
Published 15 months ago by RC
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweaters for real men!
A great pattern book! I will be making many of these wonderful sweaters for the men in my life. I appreciate that there are also patterns for boys sweaters that don't look like... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kristina Livingston
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This is a great book with lots of different patterns to choose from. Very good styles. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Published 21 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great patterns!
I was very pleased when I got this book! There are a large number of patterns in it, and I could picture myself in many of them. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Nkeithf
5.0 out of 5 stars Men in Knits
I have bought many knitting patterns for men but this book is consistently the best for all sizes and shapes. Well written and easy to follow.
Published on January 26, 2013 by Matthew A. Toth
4.0 out of 5 stars manly-man styles!
Very cool patterns and variety of fiance liked a few of them, so I have a few requests from him already ;-)
Level of experience is good too: both novice and... Read more
Published on January 2, 2013 by CAjules
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More About the Author


A knitter since age eight, Tara Jon Manning is author of five books and contributing designer and author to knitting magazines, books, and yarn companies. She has been exploring the use of knitting and handwork as a form of contemplative practice and the role of spirituality in art and craft in her own life and work. Tara holds a BFA with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting and a Masters Degree in Textile and Apparel Design with an emphasis in Fiber Arts. Tara is enjoying a reconnection with her love of painting, and currently delving into the world of music, playing her Fender Stratocaster whenever she can, and exploring the realm of singer/songwriter. She writes frequently for craft and lifestyle magazine. Tara and her family live in Boulder, Colorado.

Tara's published books include:

Nature Babies: Natural Knits and Organic Crafts for Moms, Babies and a Better World (Potter Craft) is Tara's most recent release focusing on integrating craft, organic, recycled and tactile materials into the lives of babies and those who love them.

Mindful Knitting (Tuttle Publishing)- and exploration of the links between handwork and mindfulness meditation, self exploration and generosity all through the work of our hands. One of the premier titles in the "knitting and spirituality" genre.

Compassionate Knitting (Tuttle Publishing) - more mindful knitting projects relating to the concept of "Heaven, Earth and Knitter." A beautiful collection and continuation of the themes found in Mindful Knitting.

Men in Knits (Interweave Press) - a perennial knitter's favorite, and possibly THE best book on knitting for men!

The Gift Knitter (Berkley Books)- innovative, cute and quick gift projects for babies with two legs (yup, puppies!) and babies (people puppies).

For more information about Tara, her books, knitting patterns, writing and annual Mindful Knitting Retreats, please visit:


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