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Knits Men Want (Stc Craft) Paperback – April 1, 2010
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I've spent at least 4 months trying to figure out what my first sweater is going to be. Do I want cables? Lace? Cardigan? Pullover? Wool? etc and so forth. I'm a girl, the sweater needs to be flattering, and in the perfect color, and less boring than plain stockinette. The biggest problem for me is that I'm not a tiny person, so anything I make (once I do the gauge swatching and such) still needs to be altered with short rows for the bust and waist shaping. After 4 months of indecision I decided instead to make my first sweater for my brother, who is one of the only men in my life I believe would appreciate it.
I brought "Knits Men Want" to dinner last night so he could pick out what he wanted. I would've thought he'd want the henley (it's my favorite), but he prefers the cardigan (although he's still undecided on buttons vs. zipper). My favorite part about this whole process is that I can pick a yarn that I want to work with (and that he likes) and figure out which gauge suits the yarn so that I get a fabric I like (not too holey and not too stiff) and all the math for the pattern is already done for me. Assuming I end up making sweaters for more men in my life during my life (I'm only 25...I have plenty of knitting time left), there are a lot of shapes and sizes to clothe, and that's accounted for in this book.
I also love the bit of humor that is included in the book.Read more ›
The book starts out with a comparison of what men want vs. what women want. For instance, men like to blend in while women may want to stand out in a crowd. A women will dress up for any occasion but a man will dress up for his wedding and a funeral. Women will skip lunch to afford a new outfit. Men will wear an old outfit to take a woman to lunch. Sound familiar?!
My favorite patterns are The Basic Pullover and Vest, The Raglan-Sleeved Henley, The Thick and Warm Socks, and the Watch Cap. All of these patterns are 'guy patterns'.
I find this book a great resource. It has projects that I want to make and the instructions are easy to follow. I give it 5 stars.
Bonnie Brody 3/25/2010
On the other hand the patterns are awesome, if a bit tricky to follow. This is not a book for a beginner.
So. Three stars. And I just won't read any of the book parts, I'll stick to the patterns.
Another complaint, after the purchase I started receiving tweets from the author. Isn't passing personal information to third parties illegal?
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I ordered this book because I really like the sweater styles, very simple, clean lines etc. Unfortunately I HATE how the author wrote her instructions. Read morePublished 15 days ago by M. Field
I knit and know how difficult it is to find patterns I will wear. This is a great collectionPublished 1 month ago by T. Bruce Robson
Great guide to simple, easy knits for all the men in your life!Published 5 months ago by Skye Wathen
Just getting started on a sweater for my grandson from a pattern in this book!Published 5 months ago by Christine
Perhaps, if the patterns were well written, an excuse for the blatant sexism the heteronormative depictions of both men and women could be made. However, this is not the case. Read morePublished 7 months ago by kara rutledge
The sweaters are definitely worth looking at but the patterns themselves are not as clearly written as I'd like.Published 9 months ago by RJD Pipsmom
Overall a good book with different gauge options. Not as many patterns as I had hoped but still good.Published 9 months ago by Erika Nielsen