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The Knitting Man(ual)): 20+ Projects for Guys Hardcover – 31 Oct 2007

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  • Hardcover: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press,U.S. (31 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088459
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,404,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kinale on 7 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book to read and knit from for those who knit for men and those men who knit. Very good detailed instructions for those who need it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Talaat on 5 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book has mistakes when it comes to right and left slanting in neck shapes. Too bad, it had good patterns.
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This is a great book with some really nice projects for men IF you are able to knit in the round on double pointed needles. I cannot knit on DPN's and would not have bought this item had it mentioned anywhere in the product description about having to be able to knit on double pointed needles to complete the projects contained within the book. I am very disappointed as like I said there are some really nice projects but I cannot do any of them despite being a good knitter.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Every man who knits needs this book 26 Jun. 2008
By Jeremy Bredeson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a male knitter, the biggest frustration is patterns. When you walk into a knitting shop and look at patterns, you'll find approximately thirty-seven billion patterns for women and children, and four for men: one sweater, one pair of socks, one hat and one scarf. This is only a slight exaggeration. The same holds true for books in any given bookstore: hundreds for women, one (or zero) for men.

When presented with The Knitting Man(ual), I admit to some skepticism. I'd seen books of knitting patterns for men written by women (most of whom wrote the patterns for what they'd like to see on the men in their lives or even what they'd like to knit for the men in their lives and then steal to wear) that left me feeling the entire range of emotions from mild disappointment to full-on disdain. To say that I'm a skeptic about certain subjects would be like saying that the surface of the sun is a little warm.

The Knitting Man(ual) is a great collection. The introduction is a fun read; the techniques section is mercifully short and concise. And then there's the patterns themselves. Classic styling, good-to-fantastic instructions and charts, very little confusion (admittedly, I was thrown off by the picture for the Seaweed Throw vs. the chart -- the photo shows the throw turned at a 90 degree angle to the chart; turn one sideways), and wonderful color choices for the knitted models make this book a good choice for all knitters.

Admittedly, there are some patterns that didn't thrill me (such as the Saturday Morning Slippers), but then there were some delightful (and I don't use that word often) surprises, like the Everyday Sweater. That little flash of color in an otherwise solid sweater is a wonderful touch that makes it less boring to knit a plain-colored stockinette sweater.

One of the best features of this book is that a good portion of the patterns have multiple variations. The Nordic Hat has three different versions. The Hiking Socks have two separate lengths, complete with the bare minimum of instruction on how to change them to make them bigger. The Classic Socks are fantastic, with two different versions, a plain-color textured version and a multicolored striped version. I'm a sucker for texture, and the bias ribbing on the calf of these socks is fun and isn't just a plain stockinette tube.

Kristin Spurkland has put together a strong, masculine collection of patterns that male knitters and female knitters alike can appreciate and enjoy. The colors are bold; the yarn selections are thoughtful both in feel and price. The textures will keep interest focused on the design, the construction, and (ultimately) the person wearing the garment. The designs are classic and very male. If you knit for men, this book would be a very good selection for your knitting library and will hold your interest for a good long time.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Really Good 22 Sept. 2007
By R.Davis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I really like the fact the sweater patterns in this book are simple and straightforward. There is colorwork for those with more advanced skills, so this book should appeal to a wide audience.
I am a begining knitter, but I am starting on a sweater from this book now. I LOVE the sock patterns! This is one of the first books that has realistic "man sized" socks.The vest was a little geeky, but if your man likes vests, it should work beautifully. Instructions are clear and a good summary of basic skills.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great book! 28 Aug. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite knitting book; I recommend it frequently.

I've made many of the patterns and been happy with every one of them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great if you like the slouchy look 1 April 2013
By Nkeithf - Published on
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The patterns in this book are rather contemporary, and lean very heavily toward the "slouchy" casual look that younger men prefer...these are definitely NOT patterns that most of us would wear to dressier work environments, for example. Lots of rolled necks, rolled bands at the bottom, etc. I suppose you could substitute ribbing pretty easily, though. Very much a "jeans and hiking boots" look. And there aren't a lot of sweaters in here... lots and lots of accessories, though (hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, socks). instructions are very clear, though, and patterns are in the easy-to-intermediate range. All in all, I would recommend it, with the provisos listed above.
Likeable projects from my point of view 21 Mar. 2015
By Joomi Lee - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I deduct one star because the hat patterns aren't friendly for men like my dad, who has a head circumference of 23" at least! However, the gloves and socks do come in different sizes. How strange! Apparently, the average man's circumference is less than 22" according to this book, so that is all that is provided. Thankfully, I'm an advanced beginner knitter and can work around this problem for my dad. (I haven't tried any of the patterns yet so don't know how well these directions work for someone like me. I do know that I googled for errata and found none.)

I would have preferred more alternate photos such as a bottom view of the men's slippers.

As it is, I do like many of these sweaters. I haven't shown them yet to my dad (he's 75) so I can't wait to find out which one he picks out as his favorite. I'll keep my review updated soon.

These are the projects I really would love to attempt for my dad or wear for myself:

*Seaweed Throw on page 24
*Saturday Morning Slippers on page 28
*British Checks Sweater on page 32
*Go Anywhere Gloves on page 82
*Sporty Pullover on page 92

The author assumes you already know how to modify patterns to fit the dad, husband, son, cousin, etc. in your life.

update 03/21/2015:

My dad surprised me again. He picked the Retro Vest on page 74 as his favorite pattern out of this book.
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