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Never Knit Your Man a Sweater (Unless You've Got the Ring!): 22 Handmade Projects for Every Level of Commitment [Paperback]

Judith Durant

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Dec 30 2006
Is he sweater-worthy? According to Judith Durant, no man deserves a sweater until the relationship involves long-term commitment. It’s just too risky to put all that time and effort and love into a knitted garment for a man who might be long gone by the time the sweater actually looks like a sweater.

But knitters do want to make soft, warm things for the people they love — new boyfriends included. So what is the proper project for the it’s-been-four-dates-and-we’re-having-a-great-time guy? The Dinner Date Scarf, customized with the colors of his favorite sports team, doesn’t scare him with thoughts of commitment but does give him something warm he’ll be happy to wear to football games.

Simple, shaped projects should be saved for more serious, exclusive relationships. Mittens, socks, and hats are all perfect for that semi-committed phase — they require a little more time and effort but can be quickly dropped if things don’t work out after all. Only when the ring is in hand should work begin on the merino/cotton blend Half-Zip Pullover, a classic, not-too-heavy sweater he will wear for years.

Knit items are excellent gifts for men; they just have to be given at the appropriate time. Durant not only warns stitchers about appropriate project-to-relationship ratios, she offers 22 of the smartest patterns available for men’s clothing and accessories.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (Dec 30 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580176461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580176460
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For more than just girlfriends! Jan. 29 2007
By Evelyn Uyemura - Published on Amazon.com
I haven't knit any of the articles in this book, so I don't know if they knit up as beautiful as they look. But I want to encourage any woman who has a man in her life (or any male knitter who has a man in his life) to overlook the cute but somewhat overdone theme of what to knit for a guy after the first date, first dinner-date, first sleep-over, moving in, engagement, etc. That's a cute concept, but it could limit the audience for the book unnecessarily.

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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the gimmick Sept. 18 2007
By G. P. Donohue - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, the sweater myth is kind of cloying, but since it is used as a device to take a knitter through more advanced shapes and techniques, I was able to quickly get over that. Very little space is actually devoted to the myth anyway.

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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great knitting book Sept. 9 2007
By K. Bradford - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book a while ago when I was looking for some new inspiration. The title is what caught my attention. As I flipped through it, I noticed that the writers took the patterns and presented them step by step. They probably did this on purpose so someone who has wanted to knit something but wasn't sure how to could do it.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great patterns for all men in your life! Dec 16 2009
By Sandra Pace - Published on Amazon.com
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While I haven't made anything to date from this book, I picked it up for patterns to make things for my (aready) hubby. He was impressed with many of the patterns in this book including the diamond headband, ski hat, diamond mittens, and socks, but especially the half-zip pullover. :) He's a pretty picky guy (in his mid-30's) and his approval says a lot! There are a few "older" male looking items (such as the sweater vests), but - as some reviewers pointed out - those would be great for uncles, dad's, etc. I'm a little concerned about the sizing issue (since I don't know any "small" males) but I'm sure the sizes could be easily adjusted based on the layout of the patterns (which are in columns based on size).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Create idea for a book! Feb. 11 2008
By Carole G. Grinstead - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book last summer and really enjoyed it. I have to admit that I don't think I will ever make the coasters or other small gadgety items, but I did make the lovely scarf for my guy and - oh, by the way - I did get the ring! Now happily married, I think I will make him the sweater! I thought it was a cute idea for a book and great for progressing someone from small easy projects to the big ones. I still think most of the patterns are really nice. Plus I really enjoyed giggling about the title and hiding it from him while I was knitting it. It made me smile and him too!

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