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BTH-SWEATER'S FOR MEN Hardcover – Oct 14 1989

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Oct. 14 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345345347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345345349
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 23.1 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Face it. Most "men's" sweater patterns look like large versions of women's sweaters, and a lot of men just don't feel comfortable wearing them. This book, on the other hand, is filled with patterns for classic sweaters that even my picky husband will gladly wear, and wear, and wear.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc0bbc4) out of 5 stars for the guy who said 'dated' styles... Jan. 6 2007
By Elysium - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I knitted the 'Rocks and Sand' sweater from this book. Since the specified yarns are no longer available from Rowan (though they have equivalency suggestions at their site), and since Rowan is pricey yarn, I knitted it in Debbie Bliss yarns in a different gauge than specified, using the Medium pattern to proxy for Large, as my adjustment for yarn gauge put my figures very close to the stitch counts in the Medium size (size is fairly easy to adjust for gauge, but trying to get pattern elements right after such an adjustment is a real PITA.)

There are rare elements of some of the designs that are 'dated', and I would say in the Rock and Sand pattern, the cowl neck is not currently in vogue for men.

However, the 'dated' elements of the patterns are all easily fixed by an intermediately-skilled knitter. Converting the cowl neck to a V-neck crew on "Rock and Sand" required little more than some thought and a couple of trial swatches to work out the decreases so that the crew neck would lie flat in the context of the angles of the neck opening.

(FYI, on this pattern I also swatched what Philosopher's Wool calls a 'Baltic Braid' technique, along the border between the body and yoke of the sweater where the pattern calls for a course of purls; wasn't aesthetically pleasing--too bulky, at least in worsted weight--so I can save you some work by saying don't bother with that bit of tweaking if you were considering it.)

My brother has happily worn that sweater during the Connecticut winters for the past 5 years or so, and *EVERY* time he wears it out, someone comments to him about what a fantastic sweater it is and wants to know where he got it (at which point he can smugly reply, "Oh, I had it custom knit...")

This is among the less expensive of the out-of-print Starmore pattern books. Personally I think that anyone ready to attempt projects of this complexity can improvise well enough to 'fix' any elements they may see as 'dated'. The Starmore patterns are definitely worth working on not only because of their intrinsic beauty as written, but because of what you will learn about knitting (and especially about color, should you choose a colorwork pattern) as a result of completing them.

My suggestion--see if you can find the modeled finished sweater pics on the web. If two or more of them appeal to you, then buy the book. Handle it carefully (photocopy the pattern you want to use and work from the photocopy to protect the book from damage during knitting), and if you find you aren't knitting the patterns after all, put it back for sale online. You'll get back something in the neighborhood of what you paid for it, if you take care not to damage the book.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc0bc18) out of 5 stars I second the "dated designs" review Dec 30 2007
By Sara Roberts - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am a dedicated Starmore junkie and an experienced knitter--I have about everything I could lay my hands on except this book. My local library had a copy so I checked it out to see if it was worth getting. Honestly I thought most of the the styles were out dated and some frankly rather dorky looking. My husband looked at it and stated firmly that he didn't like any of the styles in the book and if I wanted to knit him a sweater to look elsewhere for the pattern. I did knit him the Na Craga design from the Aran Knitting book and he loves it, so it isn't as if he won't wear handknits.

I was frankly a bit surprised that this book was not up to AS's usual standards. Her other books are really timeless designs, but this book screams "I was printed in the 80's!!"

Bully for the lady who said in another review that she got a lot of use out of this book. She seemed a bit up in arms about a previous less than favorable review. I , however, really feel that there are better patterns for men's sweaters out there and as Starmore books tend to go for premium prices, I would give this book a pass. Save your money and apply it towards getting Starmores Aran Knitting instead.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3646f00) out of 5 stars Sweaters for Men by Alice Starmore April 10 2000
By Rosemary Bradley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This lovely book of sweaters for men contains photos of the Scottish shores that inspired both the colorways and the patterns. The photos of rocks and moss are inspiring. The designs are both wearable and attractive. The styles are masculine in appearance rather than unisex. I currently have this book on loan from the local library and am seeking this out of print book because it is one that presents timeless patterns in a beautiful setting.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc0bea0) out of 5 stars Very Dated Designs Oct. 11 2005
By Aran Johnson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have Starmore's book on Fair Isle knitting and I wish I had her book on Aran Island knitting. Starmore is a great knitting historian, and those two books mentioned are incredible resources for traditional work.

Even this book of men's sweaters has a few nice traditional patterns that would be good for any era. The traditional gansey that opens the book is one of these.

However, I was quite shocked at how dated many of the patterns are in this book. As a man, I can say that in the whole book there were maybe only 2-3 sweaters I would ever be caught dead in. My wife was more or less laughing at many of the designs. Obviously each to their own, but be warned that this is not like Starmore's other books of 'timeless' classics.

Also disappointing is that the book is mostly just patterns. Alice Starmore's best stuff -- her instructional writing and knitting history writing -- is not present in this book, making it significantly less interesting than the previously mentioned Fair Isle and Aran Island books.

It is cheaper than other Starmore books, but the lower price reflects an inferior product. Maybe the patterns will be enough for some, but for me, if I am going to spend so much for an out of print book, I want more than just a few good patterns.

UPDATE (2/2/2012): The price for a used copy of this book has dropped considerably since I first wrote the review. The current price of $18, is a pretty reasonable price when you consider that there are at least 2 quality patterns in this book. At the time I wrote the original review, the price was more than $50, which IS too much considering that the majority of the patterns are not up to Starmore's usual quality level.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc0d0fc) out of 5 stars Better Than You Think Sept. 9 2014
By Lars Kurt Kristiansen - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love Alice Starmore's books, but I never bought this one until recently because of some negative reviews which I had read about this particular work. This is a much better book than I believed that it would be. Some of the designs are dated, but there are others which are very classic and not subject to changes in style. The gansey sweater is still very up-to-date, the Aran sweaters, and the cardigan patterns. I only paid $2.06 for this particular book. I can't buy a pattern on Ravelry for that little.

Alice Starmore continues to amaze me. She just does nothing poorly - ever.

I am very glad that I bought this book in spite of what I had read and been led to believe.

Lars Kristiansen - South Pasadena, CA