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Good basic patterns
on 12 March 2009
This book contains just what I've been looking for, which is good basic patterns for men. Most of the patterns in this book are just that, though in some cases, there's an awful lot of plain stocking stitch to be knitted with an awful lot of 4 ply, which might be tedious for some. The full range of yarn weights is used in this book, though and mostly to good effect.
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.