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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600592309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600592300
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Is the “dude” in the title intended to actually fashion these 30 crochet items—or simply model or use them? Either way, first-time author Emborsky conjures up non-lace-looking apparel and accessories to win hearts and wallets and men—and those who love them. Not one for much in the way of prefatory notes, Emborsky covers the basics—fibers, hooks, and sizing—then launches into his two-dozen-plus crochet-ables, all with great color photographs, good directions (and charts, when needed), and notes on the requisite materials and skill level. Among the more unusual selections are a sock for MP3 players, covers for golf clubs, cotton cloths to buff cars to a high sheen, and a power tie reminiscent of Rooster neckwear. The rest are handmade in patterns that won’t embarrass even the ultimate preppy and colors that can gently fade into the background. Look for general how-to’s and charts at the end. --Barbara Jacobs

From the Author

My goal in creating this book of crochet designs for guys was to provide a selection of timeless classic silhouettes that would become the foundation of any crafters library. My hope is that you the crafter will be able to find any shape sweater perfect for yourself or for gifts, and that for years to come you will be able to go to this book to find exactly what you're looking for.

More About the Author

Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude(r), was taught to crochet at age five by his mom while snowbound in Lake Tahoe. After studying fine art in college and doing the "starving artist" thing for a few years, he found solace in crocheting for charity while grieving the passing of his mother. It was during this time with the charity group that he became know as "The Crochet Dude", which then led to the launch of his wildly popular blog in 2005.

Drew blogs and creates from his studio in Houston, TX with his cats Chandler and Cleocatra.

Drew is the crochet expert on the hit show Knit & Crochet Now! airing currently on PBS nationwide.

He has been featured in national publications including BUST Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knit.1, Knit 'n Style, Knit Simple, and Crochet Today!, as well as international newspapers such as The Sunday Telegraph (in London).

Customer Reviews

Can't wait to start!
James Harris
Love that it's a book of mens sweaters designed by a man.
C. Coslet
The pattern instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Lizziejo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carl M Johengen on October 29, 2008
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I'm just delighted by this book and can't wait to crochet nearly everything in it. I've already started my first EVER sweater (Weekend Turtleneck) and am feeling brave and cautiously optimistic. The book is well written, the projects are well photographed, and the writing is clear and easy to read. Thank you so much Drew - you are a true inspiration!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Worrall on October 17, 2008
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Well written and he put in a lot of visual aids
as well as the pattern.
I'm eying more than one of the sweaters that
I would like to make for myself.
The weekend Turtleneck just looks so comfortable
and sounds like it would be a quick project.
Don't let the price fool you. It looks like
it should cost twice as much.
Finally, a book of patterns just for men and not a
book with just one pattern for a man.
These are designed for guys to wear by a guy.
Not something your wife picked out for you.
Pick up a copy and I know that you won't be
disappointed.
Dick Worrall
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Harris on October 16, 2008
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I got this book in the mail yesterday and much to my surprise, there are even a couple things in there I want to make for myself.
Not only does this book have some great classic sweaters in it that have always been and always will be in style but it also has some sporty and preppy looks that are great for right now.
I also have to say, the writings in this book are what really made me 'fuzzy' inside. Knowledgable, clear, and funny. Don't forget the touching dedication to his mother.
All around, a great book that I would highly recommend to anyone. I'm going to make the hoodie for myself. Can't wait to start!

Lisa
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Brooks on December 31, 2008
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Drew, you never cease to amaze. I've been a fan for 4 years and look forward to the next 20. I love the variety of projects in this book, especially how they span tastes for all ages and styles. I love the sense of humor you interject that always lifts my spirits. I appreciate the way in which you demonstrate the flexibility of a pattern. I've brought home the yarn for the first sweater my hubby chose but am taking time to knock out a cap first. I'll e-mail pics when finished. God bless you Dude. You've done it again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By My two cents on December 10, 2008
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Projects for guys! The ones I have my eye on to make for the fellows in my life: "Head Banned", "Paw Warmers", possibly "Saugatuck Winter" (not sure if this is one my guys would wear or not - it's borderline), "Free Digits", "Dawg" (I want to make this for me!), I see a bookmarker by "The Music Sock" so I'm guessing my son would like this, "Weekend Turtleneck", possibly "For the Prepsters" - again this may be borderline, I think my husband might like "Vestatility". So . . . this is possibly 9 patterns of interest out of the 30.

I don't think I'd buy a book with that low of a ratio of patterns I'd want to make - but this is such a different story when it comes to creating for boys and men. There just isn't a whole lot out there of interest to my guys!

When my husband looked through the book, he laughed at several of the patterns - he's just not "young and sassy" - rather, far more conservative. And my son follows in those footsteps. SO . . . if you're reading this, Drew, I would LOVE to see more along the lines of what I mentioned above! Stuff that hunters and outdoorsmen would love to wear! I am really glad you put a book together with designs for dudes!

I really do love having some guy-designs at the ready! Thank you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Coslet on October 19, 2008
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I've always loved Drew's designs. He's done it YET again. I showed my husband and he quickly pointed at 3 sweaters that he would love. Love that it's a book of mens sweaters designed by a man. You won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wilma S. Gammon on April 28, 2011
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On any new pattern book, I usually try the small things first to get a feel for the patterns and it helps me not make such a huge investment in time and yarn on a large project. I tried the Calvarium Skullcap which I really liked in the picture, but without any crown shaping, it was incredibly hard to finish. Thankfully I had used thick yarn which could hold all the stitches, but I don't know how many washings it could survive. Then I tried the "Autowipen" which is a cute name for a big washcloth, but I couldn't figure out what he was trying to say in the first one, 2nd row. I think I was supposed to twist back after doing 3 sts to the first one, but my fingers just won't bend that way so I gave up. Based on these two, I had no interest in trying anything else. Jock Block Hat (on the cover) looked like something I would have done if I was running low on yarn and desparate for a hat. There were far nicer things he could have used on the cover. The sweaters looked pretty nice (for a woman), sorry, but they were really pretty and I just don't see any of the guys I know wanting to wear one of them, maybe, maybe the Weekend Turtleneck. It looked nice and some of the vests. If you love crochet (I'm more of a knitter who plays around with crochet as a break) and you love sweaters, you'd probably like this, but be sure to ask your guy first before you spend all those hours on it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Myra Wood on October 16, 2008
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I've always loved Drew's designs for women but this book takes crochet to a whole different level. There are so many designs in this book that I want to make for my husband - all very wearable clothing that I know he'll actually like AND wear!! I'd recommend it highly for guys who crochet and want to make some great stuff for themselves or anyone who loves to crochet and wants to make something great for that special dude.
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