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The Knitting Man(ual): 20+ Projects for Guys Hardcover – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1ST edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088459
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

* More than 20 knitting patterns for men's clothing and accessories with a contemporary commercial appeal. * Projects include sweaters, socks, hats and scarves, slippers, mittens and gloves, hoodies, throws, and more. * Featuring a range of project difficulty for knitters of all skill levels. * Geared to men who knit and women who knit for them.

About the Author

Kristin Spurkland is a freelance designer who teaches knitting and crocheting classes professionally. Her work has appeared in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knitters, Family Circle Easy Knitting, and Knitscene, and on Knitty.com. The author of Knits from the Heart, Crochet from the Heart, and Blankets, Hats, and Booties to Knit and Crochet, Kristin stores her needles in Portland, Oregon.

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Great illustrations and directions.
Kindle Kare
If you knit for men, this book would be a very good selection for your knitting library and will hold your interest for a good long time.
Jeremy Bredeson
There is colorwork for those with more advanced skills, so this book should appeal to a wide audience.
R.Davis

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Bredeson on June 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a male knitter, the biggest frustration is patterns. When you walk into a knitting shop and look at patterns, you'll find approximately thirty-seven billion patterns for women and children, and four for men: one sweater, one pair of socks, one hat and one scarf. This is only a slight exaggeration. The same holds true for books in any given bookstore: hundreds for women, one (or zero) for men.

When presented with The Knitting Man(ual), I admit to some skepticism. I'd seen books of knitting patterns for men written by women (most of whom wrote the patterns for what they'd like to see on the men in their lives or even what they'd like to knit for the men in their lives and then steal to wear) that left me feeling the entire range of emotions from mild disappointment to full-on disdain. To say that I'm a skeptic about certain subjects would be like saying that the surface of the sun is a little warm.

The Knitting Man(ual) is a great collection. The introduction is a fun read; the techniques section is mercifully short and concise. And then there's the patterns themselves. Classic styling, good-to-fantastic instructions and charts, very little confusion (admittedly, I was thrown off by the picture for the Seaweed Throw vs. the chart -- the photo shows the throw turned at a 90 degree angle to the chart; turn one sideways), and wonderful color choices for the knitted models make this book a good choice for all knitters.

Admittedly, there are some patterns that didn't thrill me (such as the Saturday Morning Slippers), but then there were some delightful (and I don't use that word often) surprises, like the Everyday Sweater.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R.Davis on September 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I really like the fact the sweater patterns in this book are simple and straightforward. There is colorwork for those with more advanced skills, so this book should appeal to a wide audience.
I am a begining knitter, but I am starting on a sweater from this book now. I LOVE the sock patterns! This is one of the first books that has realistic "man sized" socks.The vest was a little geeky, but if your man likes vests, it should work beautifully. Instructions are clear and a good summary of basic skills.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tim TenClay on August 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite knitting book; I recommend it frequently.

I've made many of the patterns and been happy with every one of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 1, 2013
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The patterns in this book are rather contemporary, and lean very heavily toward the "slouchy" casual look that younger men prefer...these are definitely NOT patterns that most of us would wear to dressier work environments, for example. Lots of rolled necks, rolled bands at the bottom, etc. I suppose you could substitute ribbing pretty easily, though. Very much a "jeans and hiking boots" look. And there aren't a lot of sweaters in here... lots and lots of accessories, though (hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, socks). instructions are very clear, though, and patterns are in the easy-to-intermediate range. All in all, I would recommend it, with the provisos listed above.
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By Darla M. Ostrum on May 6, 2014
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Amusing and effective approach to a book of knitting patterns! Title caught my eye but the quality and variety of patterns won my vote. The hooded tank will be my first project.
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I have made the slippers and my husband loves them. I am making the twisted knit stitch cardigan that my husband picked out and is trying to rush it to completion. I like the hat patterns also. I would encourage all knitters to give this book a try.
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