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Knits Men Want (Stc Craft) Paperback – April 1, 2010
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While my girls would wear many of my experiments, the boys would refuse anything even remotely cute or scratchy or tight or loose or hot...
The patterns in the book are just the things real men will wear. I look forward to using them all.
The ability to pick the gauge you want is a nice touch, and is especially helpful along with Ann Budd's _Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns_ (which is a must for anyone who wants to make sweaters). I've made the "ski sweater," "raglan-sleeved henley," and the "basic cardigan two ways." I have noticed, however, that while the stitch gauge is adjustable, you do need to pay attention to the row gauge (which is only given in the information about the models pictured in the book). Since the Henley is knitted in the round, the row gauge is important, so I found that this pattern is worked best if you can match the gauge to the one pictured in the book. If you don't want to mess with trying to get the exact row gauge, you may need to make some slight adjustments to the shaping directions. Maggie Righetti's _Sweater Design in Plain English_ is a big help with that. Also, because men aren't shaped like a perfect rectangular box, Righetti's book will help you figure out what to do if you need to adjust for a belly, large biceps, or very broad shoulders (men's bodies are just as complicated as far as shape as women's--yet this never comes up in any book on men's patterns that I've found).
A few reviews have complained about the directions being inaccurate. I haven't found any mistakes (but that might just be the gauges I've used). I have, however, noticed that some of the directions are vague and poorly written. There are a few instances where directions to decrease could be misread (ie: BO 2 stitches next 2 rows 2 times). There were times I misread the directions and had to unknit a few rows and try again. This might just be me, but a friend of mine who borrowed the book to make a project had the same issue. She turned to the Ravelry discussion boards for help. I know of others who were also confused at certain points because of the language of the directions. I would suggest reading through the pattern carefully before you cast-on any stitches and see if everything makes sense. I even to do the math as I read through the pattern and make notes in the margin in pencil. In my experience with making sweaters from patterns, it's best to rewrite the patterns and work through them mentally before wasting time and yarn.
Lastly, just ignore the commentary throughout the book. The "relationship therapy" parts of the book are sexist and borderline offensive. I find it surprising that a male designer would assume that (1) women are completely ignorant of "what men want" (whatever that means), (2) only women knit for men (there's very little acknowledgement of male knitters), and (3) men are simple creatures with simple tastes. I thought Judith Durant's _Never Knit Your Man A Sweater (Unless you got the ring!)_ was bad, but the commentary throughout this books really got under my skin at times. I know most of this commentary is suppose to be funny and cute, but it's pretty insulting to both men and women. The commentary is unnecessary, not at all useful in helping with design issues, and can be a major distraction from a very good book of patterns. Hopefully, this isn't an issue with Weinstein's next pattern book, _Boyfriend Sweaters_, but with the subtitle "19 designs for him that you'll want to wear" I'm not holding my breath; not will I be reading the commentary.
All-in-all, I would highly recommend this book. It's better than the majority of the men's pattern books out there.
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.