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The Crochet Dude's Designs for Guys: 30 Projects Men Will Love Paperback – November 4, 2008

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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

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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.
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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: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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I have a lot of books on crafts, knitting, crochet, sewing, weaving. I got this as I wanted to have patterns to crochet something more than an afghan or scarf. I was not thrilled by the photos - all are real drab and boring - and the patterns were not great. I have tried to go back to it a few times to find something to make, but I would not recommend this book.
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I was so happy to find this book. My boyfriend is a great man who loves my homemade crafts and I have spent the last 2 years looking for any crochet patterns for men that didn't look like two gunnysacks whip stitched together. This is the book!!! The patterns are modern and fashionable, and my very picky, but very sweet man loves the sweater I made him and is asking for more!! Love this book!
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By C C 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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