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Old 06-13-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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Good men's sweater magazine
Do they make a magazine with men's sweaters? I got one but it is a short sleeve hooded sweater and I thought I would like to do a pull over for my hubby for christmas?
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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I don't know of any magazines specifically for men but there's a wonderful book, Men in Knits: Sweaters to Knit that He Will Wear by Tara Jon Manning. I found it at my library. Of course, you can always try a search on Ravelry or an advanced search there or a search at Pattern Central which will turn up lots of choices.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:01 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by salmonmac View Post
I don't know of any magazines specifically for men but there's a wonderful book, Men in Knits: Sweaters to Knit that He Will Wear by Tara Jon Manning. I found it at my library. Of course, you can always try a search on Ravelry or an advanced search there or a search at Pattern Central which will turn up lots of choices.
Thank you I never would have thought of a book I guess I will be back at Joann's tonight LOL
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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Go to Amazon and do a book search for...

knitting, men
knitting, male
knitting, him

and see what you get. Then, as Salmonmac suggested, check out your local library, many do interlibrary loans within a county/region and you may have access to more books than just what is on your local library's shelves..
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:31 AM   #5
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I have several men's vests and sweaters - all by Patons, great books. I've knitted a few of them.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:57 PM   #6
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I agree! I love their yarn and their books are inexpensive with good ideas.
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Personally, I found the Tara Manning book so insulting to men that I didn't buy it. (I borrowed a library copy to read it first, and I was soooo glad I had done so!)

The book that my husband has given his 100% Seal of Male Approval to is Knits Men Want: The 10 Rules Every Woman [well, there's *one* assumption ] Should Know Before Knitting for a Man (Plus the Only 10 Patterns She'll Ever Need), by Bruce Weinstein, LYS owner, knitting teacher, and cookbook author in/near New York City. He knits for a man, too, so he knows whereof he speaks.

Some idea of the "Rules," so I don't give the whole show away:

"Rule 1: Men Can't Fake It." If he doesn't like the sweater/item, he won't wear it to make you happy; he can't fake liking it.

"Rule 2: Men Resist Change. If he's over 15, he's probably got his style locked in--and he likes it.... So if he knows what he likes, get used to it."

"Rule 5: Not All Men Are Worthy of Cashmere." Weinstein backs this one up with a shocking true story told to him by a distressed customer whose husband...well, this is a family forum, so I won't detail what happened. The take-home lesson is: Don't give Fancy Fibers to men who think everything can be thrown into the laundry basket.

The patterns in Knits Men Want are

--Ski Sweater
--Basic Pullover and Vest (with variations)
--Basic Cardigan, two ways
--Raglan-Sleeved Henley
--Hooded (or not) Sweatshirt
--Baseball Jersey
--Fingerless Mitts
--Thick and Warm Socks
--Reversible Cable Scarf
--Watch Cap ("When in doubt, make something basic")

Hope this helps.
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Just love all you women having strong opinions about what men like! That said, I agree completely with DogCatMum's post.
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Thank you, DavidSydney63.

I showed DH the Tara Manning book. He liked the photos, but thought the text (along the lines of "Men just cannot select their own clothes; you [the woman] will have to do it for him) was pretty insulting, too, as I did, and several garments were, quote, "foofy." Whereas he found several items in the Weinstein book that he'd like me to make for him.

Sizes available in Knits Men Want are wide-ranging and well thought out:

1) The upper-body items, e.g., sweaters, vests, baseball jersey, are designed for men with a chest measurement from 40" (Small) to 60" (3X Lg).

2) The fingerless mitts are designed for hand circumferences from 8" (Small) to 10" (2X Lg).

3) The socks (recommended for worsted-weight merino yarn) are designed from men's shoe size 9 (foot circumference = 9") to men's shoe size 14+ (foot circumference = 11"). Recommended sock leg lengths are also given, based on the man's height, from 5'8" to 6'2".

4) The cable scarf is given in two lengths: 7" wide x 56" (90") long.

5) The watch cap is given in three sizes: 18 (21, 24)" circumference.

So some of the patterns are useful for teenagers who've decided what they like, even if they haven't reached their full adult size yet. And all of the patterns will cover a wide range of the male population. The models in the book are younger looking (maybe in their 20s, possibly 30s) except for one who appears to be in his 40s. The younger guys may be Smalls and Mediums; the 40-ish guy may be a Large, based on the shoulder shot on page 42.

Nice to know that the publisher used "real men" and not just, say, anorexic jockeys or NFL linebackers. It would be difficult to see how the knit items fit actual guys in our lives that way! This way, it's easy to project "your" guy into the garment.

Probably at your local library for free! If you like it, then get yourself a personal copy.

Enjoy!

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Originally Posted by DogCatMom View Post
Personally, I found the Tara Manning book so insulting to men that I didn't buy it. (I borrowed a library copy to read it first, and I was soooo glad I had done so!)

The book that my husband has given his 100% Seal of Male Approval to is Knits Men Want: The 10 Rules Every Woman [well, there's *one* assumption ] Should Know Before Knitting for a Man (Plus the Only 10 Patterns She'll Ever Need), by Bruce Weinstein, LYS owner, knitting teacher, and cookbook author in/near New York City. He knits for a man, too, so he knows whereof he speaks.

Some idea of the "Rules," so I don't give the whole show away:

"Rule 1: Men Can't Fake It." If he doesn't like the sweater/item, he won't wear it to make you happy; he can't fake liking it.

"Rule 2: Men Resist Change. If he's over 15, he's probably got his style locked in--and he likes it.... So if he knows what he likes, get used to it."

"Rule 5: Not All Men Are Worthy of Cashmere." Weinstein backs this one up with a shocking true story told to him by a distressed customer whose husband...well, this is a family forum, so I won't detail what happened. The take-home lesson is: Don't give Fancy Fibers to men who think everything can be thrown into the laundry basket.

The patterns in Knits Men Want are

--Ski Sweater
--Basic Pullover and Vest (with variations)
--Basic Cardigan, two ways
--Raglan-Sleeved Henley
--Hooded (or not) Sweatshirt
--Baseball Jersey
--Fingerless Mitts
--Thick and Warm Socks
--Reversible Cable Scarf
--Watch Cap ("When in doubt, make something basic")

Hope this helps.

There's an assumption there that I sort of take exception to and that is that only men look at clothes that way. Those don't just apply to men. Some of us women who prefer jeans and shirts over anything else are much the same way. I see lots of things I'd love to knit but would never want to wear. My last serious relationship included men's shirts that I just loved to wear. Maybe he got tired of me borrowing his clothes?
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