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Men's Knits: 20 New Classics Paperback – September 1, 2009
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-A photographic table of contents (as opposed to pattern names in text only) gives you at-a-glance knowledge of the patterns; that is, you can simply open the book, and on the first couple pages, you see every pattern inside and its page number. I knew within 30 seconds whether I wanted the book or not, instead of spending 5-10 minutes scrutinizing every page to see if any of the patterns even suited my style.
-Flexible sizing: finally, a men's book of patterns that doesn't START at size 42" chest for every pattern. I'm very thin, and rewriting patterns meant for barrel-chested or stocky men isn't the type of easy knitting experience I'm looking for. This book has many patterns that start at 36", making it more appropriate for thin or thin/athletic body types, or even just for those who like zero or negative ease in their garments. I simply knit a slightly finer guage, and it sizes the garments down to my frail 33" chest.
-Masculine designs and color suggestions! I must say, many "men's" patternbooks are filled with bright colors and shocking color combinations, ultra fancy (and feminine) stitchery, novelty yarns, and many other feminine or even grandma-style designs. These are all great for a variety of projects, but the simple truth is that men want classic, simple, fully-fashioned garments with muted colors, and the photos and models reflect this. If you happen to love brighter colors, then simply use a different color yarn to complete the project, or add some flashy stripes! This is totally logical, and is not a negative aspect of this book, or of any pattern! It's knitter's choice when it comes to these details.Read more ›
Of the ones I bought, this is my favorite. The Instructions are easy to read - well-laid out with good typography and clear language.
The patterns are modern, but not trendy - as the title says "new classics" - the designs will look up-to-date for a few years, so if you're tired of the same stripy jumpers and cabled cardigans, but you don't want something that's only "in" for six months, this is a great choice. It's things I would wear myself - in fact now I do.
Good range of sizes, I'm quite small, so having smaller sizes is important to me. Most books assume men start at a 40" (102cm) chest - we don't!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beware! Erika Knight has another book with a different name, but exactly, page for page, the same content. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Don in Houston
Easy to understand instructions. I would recommend to fellow knitters.Published 11 months ago by Trina C
Directions for.the disabled or just for men? Does Erika think male knitters don't comprehend the difference be teen an ssk and a k2tog? Other than that the patterns are alrightPublished 14 months ago by Hlfitmr
i am more than happy with my new knitting books and look forward to finishing some really exciting projects! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Margaretha Violeau
I love that this book has really modern styles for men. I've made a couple of the patterns and they worked out really well for the younger men in the family. Read morePublished 22 months ago by P. Riley
I love the sweaters in this book! Nice to see so many that use bamboo yarn instead of "4" worsted.Published 22 months ago by Peter Rossner
This is a great book of basic men's patterns. My husband and sons are pretty picky about what I can and can not knit for them. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Terri Blanchette
Lots of great patterns! Clear and concise instructions, great photography, sweaters that any man would be proud to wear. Look forward to making these for the men I care about.Published on November 23, 2013 by Kristina Livingston