Sunday, 15 March 2009

Name of Book Knits for Men: 20 Sweaters, Vests, and Accessories (UK Link)

US Link

Author Margaret Hubert
Any other info creative publishing, 978-1589233591, 2008

Types of patterns: mostly jumpers with few hats, scarves and slipper socks

Number of Patterns: 22 (including 2 hat and scarf sets); jumpers: 11; cardigans: 4; waistcoats: 1; sleeveless pullover: 1; slipper socks: 1

Split of patterns: Men mostly though the hats and scarves are pretty unisex and one of them would probably be a great introduction to slip stitch techniques!

Size Range: 34”/36” to 46”-48” (while disingeniously supplying the yarn council standard up to XXL or 50”-52”

Colour/Black & White: Colour photos; Charts in colour, most patterns spelt out rather than charted; nice detail close-ups of any special techniques or patterns for each item.

Schematics: yes, quite detailed in both inches and cm

Target Audience: I’d rank this as both beginner and intermediate. Several of the patterns are quite basic but some are more intermediate. There are some things that might be a little more complicated (like the entrelac pullover and the slip stitch patterns) but there’s nothing thats terribly challenging. Most of the patterns are drop shouldered.

How to knit guide: yes, photographs, does assume a certain knowledge but as well as some advice on finishing near the beginning, there’s some advice on paired decreases, yarn bobbins, i-cord, three-needle bind-off and grafting.

Experimental/Classical/Modern: pretty classical stuff with some twists occasionally

Comments: passed the husband eyebrow test, i.e. his didn’t approach his hairline too often when flicking through and there were some approving noises as well as an enquiry as to whether or not I planned buying it. Some of the patterns tempt me as well and while I may not be the biggest fan of some of them they mostly rely on simple stitch patterns to break up the huge expanse you have to knit for men. The patterns are varied enough but also plain enough to keep most men pretty happy and with a stitch dictionary you really could ring the changes with it.

Buy/Borrow: I’m buying this one to add to the collection.

Where found: This one is sitting on the shelves in a few Dublin City Public Libraries now.

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