Never Knit Your Man a Sweater (Unless You've Got the Ring!): 22 Handmade Projects for Every Level of Commitment Paperback – Dec 30 2006
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About the Author
Judith Durant is editor of the best-selling One-Skein Wonders series, which currently includes six volumes, and author of Never Knit Your Man a Sweater and Knit One, Bead Too and co-author with Jean Campbell of The Beader’s Companion and with Dorothy T. Ratigan of Knitting Know-How. Judith has been knitting for more than fifty years and writing and editing for thirty years. She currently lives in Lowell, Massachusetts.
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There are maybe 20 patterns for men in here, and almost every one looks like something a man would actually want to wear (I'm not so sure about one sweater in a mango sort of color.) And the instructions look well laid out. Because the patterns increase in commitment level, they also increase in complexity and time and money commitment. So even if you're knitting for your Dad, you can gauge whether a headband, pair of mittens, pair of gloves (to die for gorgeous gloves), vest or Aran sweater is what you're prepared to knit. And if you're a guy who is learning to knit, you could follow the same progression. Just ignore the narrative.
If you have a father, husband, brother, uncle, friend, or ok, boyfriend who you want to knit for, take a look at this book.
The book starts out with garter stitch coasters and works the reader up to an Aran cardigan, introducing a new technique with each project. Most every point on technique that I could think of for these projects is covered in the asides.
The photography in this book is great, as it is not just for inspiration, but also for details in the projects, for those that the written instructions may not be enough. (Everyone learns differently.)
The projects are great (with one notable exception.) Initially, I was put off by the coasters and laptop covers, thinking of them as the modern equivalent of the tea cozy; but then I remembered back to when I was a 10 year old knitting, these would be the kind of projects I would probably make. (Not that this book is aimed at 10 year olds.)
The only project that I do not see any man wearing (and if they did, it would truly be a sign of love) is the square neck vest. It just seems so dated to me, but that could just be my opinion. Everything else in the book is something that any man could wear.
The only other caution I would make with this book is the sizing. Most patterns are sized for small, medium, and large. No extra large. Just be aware of that beforehand.
I love this book, both for its patterns and its inspiration. I think it would be a great book for any guy that wanted to learn to knit. Just make sure you cover up the title.
I made one of the projects for myself (in girlie colors of course) and the patterns are pretty easy to follow. Even if you're just starting out, this book is definitely worth having a look at.
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