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Knits Men Want: The 10 Rules Every Woman Should Know Before Knitting for a Man Plus the Only 10 Patterns She'll Ever Need (Stc Craft) [Paperback]

Bruce Weinstein
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30 Mar 2010 Stc Craft
For as long as women have been knitting, they have been knitting garments for men (oftentimes with the maddening result that the men don't want to wear what they make). Bruce Weinstein swears that men aren't intentionally (or unintentionally) running a passive aggressive campaign against the women in their lives. And it's not that men don't want to wear handknits in general. It's simply a matter of understanding what men really want and then knitting accordingly. For starters, skip the fancy sitchwork. If the stitch name has the word 'popcorn' or 'butterfly' in it, forget it. And don't bother with yarns that make men sweat (even if it's cashmere). And when it comes to colour, forgo the rainbow and think dark or neutral - except maybe, sometimes, with permission, if you're making socks. "Unwinding Men" is a collection of 10 humorous (and enlightening!) essays and 10 master knitting patterns for men's garments. These 10 patterns, which include variations and tips for customisation, are all any knitter needs to keep the men in her life happily clad in handknits for their entire lives. Each essay focuses on a fact about men that women need to know in order to understand their guys and be able to knit successfully for them. For example, Rule number 8 (Men are Babies) explains why men won't wear anything even the least bit itchy. And Rule number 7 (Men Hate Fittings) gives tips for how to create a sweater based on the size and style of one already in his wardrobe. Each essay is then followed by a timeless pattern, from socks, hats and scarves to an array of sweater styles that men will be happy to receive and will actually wear. Each pattern in this collection includes a broad range of sizes and most are also written for multiple gauges so they can be knitted in various weights of yarn; this allows the knitter to use the same pattern as a basis for all of the men in her life, from son to husband to grandfather.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc (30 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584798408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584798408
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 20 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce Weinstein has been designing knitwear and teaching knitting for 10 years and has written 15 cookbooks with his partner, Mark Scarborough. Once a creative director at Grey Advertising and The Spier Group, he has appeared on the "Today" show, "The View," "CBS This Morning," and QVC, and writes for numerous national publications. He lives in Colebrook, Connecticut.

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110 of 113 people found the following review helpful
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I made this video because when I buy a book I want to know what patterns are in it. Many times I have bought a knitting book on the strength of the cover photo, only to find that the other patterns aren't to my fancy so that effectively I have just paid the book price for one pattern. I happen to like every single pattern in the book, and because I sometimes spin my own yarns too, the fact that the patterns are given in different gauges is ideal for me. Also having lots of different sizes and gauges means that the book won't go out of date because you don't have to worry about getting hold of a specific yarn, and you may be able to use up some of your yarn stash too. The layout is clear, the book is well written without being over wordy and the patterns are excellent. What more could you ask for? Sorry that I am a bit dithery in the video - I am not used to it - but you can get the idea.
What I didn't say in the video is that the sizes for the jumpers, hoodie and cardigan are for 40, 44, 48, 52, 56 and 60 inch chest sizes and there are 5 or more gauges for each style. The socks are for 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14+ sizes and come in 6 gauges; the gloves come in five sizes and 3 gauges, and even the hat comes in three sizes and five gauges which is very unusual and brilliant.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect 3 Sep 2010
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I agree with the comments already made about this book; good, workable, basic patterns in relaxed shapes that would suit most not-very-fashion-conscious men. It uses the stitch calculation method that you will find in Ann Budd's books. this makes it easy to work out the particular size you want, using the gauge that your tension swatch knits up to. The only problems with the book? The author doesn't really explain the method he is using, so when i saw a list of numbers (4, 4.5, 5, 5.5 etc) I thought I was looking at metric needle sizes. It took a while for me to realise that these were stitches per inch, which you calculate from your tension swatch. The other way I thought that the author could have improved the book is by writing a little about stitch variations, and encouraging people to try a bit of subtle, wearer-approved patterning. My other thought is that if you have already got the Ann Budd books, you don't need this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Any reason for the sexism? 24 Oct 2012
By Kate
I agree with the previous reviews commenting on the sexism in the book. As well as patronising women, the book also manages to pigeon-hole men as well, by presuming that they all only want plain, unadorned knitwear. It ends up being almost an anti-handknitting book. Because, if the only option for a sweater for my 52" chest other half is something consisting of a million yards of stocking stitch, I'm more likely to thrown in the towel and go and buy one instead!

The "I know better than you because I am a man" tone to the book is grating, with the stories designed to illustrate how "silly, women knitters" have failed because they didn't understand "their" man. The story of the (idiot) man mopping up cat sick with a cashmere hat - which of course was his girlfriend's fault for not considering this possibility and knitting the hat with machine washable yarn - was the icing on the cake.

I can't bring myself to knit anything from this book because of the attitude. Fortunately my other half isn't averse to - shock, horror - a few cables, so the author clearly does not speak for every man on the plant.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knits I want 6 May 2010
Finally my wife has shown me real knitting patterns that I would wear rather than the fancy ideas of designers (both male and female). I am told that they are basic and uncomplicated and not really challenging for an advanced knitter but what's wrong with that? There is only one pattern that did not appeal to me in the whole book a remarkable strike rate.

If you have a guy to knit for do nothing until you have looked at this book. It might disappoint you with its plain knitting but be assured that what you produce will be worn and could really become a favourite item of clothing.

Highly recommended by a user not a knitter. My wife adds it has lots of really useful tips but I could not really comment!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential book when knitting for your guy! 6 April 2010
I first heard about this Knits Men Want when it was available for pre-order and signed up for it immediately because of the "he will actually WEAR this stuff" factor I saw in all of the patterns. When the book arrived and I had a look through I was even more pleased with myself for choosing to get this book because of the beautiful way it is all laid out, the photography which is crisp clean and wonderful to look at, and the writing which isn't just instructional but lets in a bit of humour and feeling into the book. The patterns are written out very clearly, with many different gauges catered for so I won't have to worry about doing all sorts of funky calculations which is such a relief.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone considering knitting for a guy, it will definitely help you end in success rather than just another 'back-of-the-wardrobe' sweater!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book after searching high and low for a sweater pattern for my Dad's birthday and wasn't disappointed by those on offer here. The tone is light-hearted, the photography is excellent and the patterns are relatively easy to make. My only criticism lies in the sometimes unclean instructions - the tables don't say that the gauge refers to how many stitches per inch - something essential when selling a US book in Europe as we tend to work in cm.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you know a man and want to knit for him, get this book
Clear layout,well written and sometimes funny. Patterns are really well written and SO flexible on size and gauge. Excellent book
Published 2 months ago by Louise A Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Chauvanist
The tone used by the author appears to consider the women readers to whom it is aimed as some sort of idiotic sub species. Unbearable to read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carolyn McNaught
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
It gives a great insight into why our fellas don't like what we want to knit them and what they do like. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gina
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book!
Not only great patterns for men but a brilliant read too - it makes so much sense, already recommended to a friend :-)
Published 8 months ago by Jane Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful knitting
Have to admit that at first thought was daft but after showing husband and knitting one of the patterns find it will become the most used guide. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks a little confusing.
Have yet to make anything as I have rather a lot on the go at the moment. The patterns look a little confusing but I am sure. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Loli P
1.0 out of 5 stars Girls' toys and boys' toys....?
I clicked to buy this book by mistake and instantly returned it. I'd read the sample and I was appalled at how sexist it is. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anne Savage
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine for patterns but a bit sexist
I bought this book simply because it had a pattern in it I wanted.

The book is ridiculously sexist, in my opinion. Against both sexes. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. F. Haselden
3.0 out of 5 stars Great styles. Great idea -
Shame the patterns do not seem to have been tested! Am I the only person to have had a problem with the cover sweater? The sleeve heads are just too long! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Catwoman
1.0 out of 5 stars wasted ,unreadable book.
cannot read the patterns they are in so tiny a print.So the whole book is a waste of time,especially as I wanted it for a sleeveless pullover pattern. Read more
Published 13 months ago by mrs mcewen
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