- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; 01 edition (3 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844006247
- ISBN-13: 978-1844006243
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.4 x 25 cm
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Men's Knits Paperback – Illustrated, 3 Oct 2008
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For the very first time, leading knitwear designer Erika Knight has put together a collection of knits for men perfect for all ages and all shapes and sizes. Practical, comfortable and reliable, the sweaters, cardigans and accessories she has created for this book are sure to become 'old friends', guaranteed to be well-worn and well-loved, and perhaps even borrowed by a partner. The first section, Basics, presents strong classic shapes that are quintessentially masculine and can be worn by men of any age.From the definitive v-neck sweater to an easy-wear cardigan, the garments can be made time and time again in a variety of yarns and colourways. New Classics reworks many of the basic shapes from the first chapter, and gives them a contemporary edge. The v-neck sweater becomes a slimmer-fitting fine knit while a classic cardigan becomes patterned with cables. Items, is for men who aren't afraid to make statement with their clothes, whether it's a multi-coloured striped sweater, a herringbone patterned v-neck or an over sized super chunky sweater.The perfect finishing touch to the collection comes from some of Erika's trademark accessories - a highly adaptable basic beanie hat and two scarf patterns.
About the Author
Erika Knight is a much respected knitwear and crochet designer, as well as a sought-after fashion and crafts consultant. She has worked for a number of major fashion houses including Nicole Farhi, Whistles, Edina Ronay in the UK; J. Crew and Gap in the US; as well as running her own company producing designer knitwear. Erika has published a number of highly acclaimed knitting books including her Collectables series, Classic and Glamour and Classic at Home and Glamour at Home, as well as New Knits and Baby Bloom, and two books on crochet: Simple Crochet and Essential Crochet, which have sold in excess of 300,000 copies worldwide. Her most book is Beads and Buttons, a collection of jewellery designs.
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My husband tends to prefer fleece to knitwear, so is often very critical of patterns I show him, specially if there are too many fussy or gimmicky details. We found a few things he does like, though, which is really something! I'm actually tempted to knit a scaled down, girly version of the chunky cabled cardigan for myself, since it looks really warm and cosy.
I like the fact that the models used cover a wide range of ages and body types. I'd love to see more of this in books full of women's knits, in fact.
The yarns suggested are mostly Rowan, with a few exceptions. There's a couple of dubious yarn choices in there, which don't really seem to work, such as the hemp cardigan, which with the huge amount of positive ease looks like a sack. Since the yarns used were given as "suggested" yarns, I really would have liked to see information about yardage and wpi to aid in making substitutions.
One other bugbear is the reliance on knitting flat. The stripy sweater would work so much better knitted in the round (I really don't like the jar in the stripe pattern between the sleeves and the body) and I just do not see the point in knitting beanies flat. It's not like they're complicated patterns, anyhow.
On the whole, though, it's a great book to have to hand if you're ever likely to knit for men, since most of the patterns look to be easily tweakable to add some texture or a little colour variation.
I bought this for her so she can knit me some deeply unfashionable jumpers and cardigans.
Well, so much for the plan.
The patterns are actually really nice and no-one should feel out of place wearing any of this lot at all (well, apart from some of the beany hats anyway)
Sadly I'm not getting a look in right now. She's knitting some of the stuff for herself! Now you show me a woman that doesn't look better in a blokes jumper/cardigan than a man would ...
Oh well, perhaps next year ...
This is a fantastically good book - each of the patterns takes a classic knitting design, then gives it a subtle contemporary twist which makes them both enjoyably different to knit and a pleasure to wear. Each of the patterns are well laid out with clear instructions - and are graded for ease (most are fairly simple); there are even simple instructions and explanations for beginners.
Best of all - a full range of sizes is provided for every project: right down to (genuinely) XS and up to XL
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Many very good designs to choose from. Has already been used twice since Christmas. A must for knitters.