Synopses & Reviews
Debbie Stoller knows that at least half the projects women knit are intended for the men in their lives. She also knows that knitting for a boyfriend or husband or father is full of pitfalls. The answer Son of Stitch 'N Bitch
, the hip, smart knitter's guide to knitting for men.
A knitting superstar (San Francisco Chronicle) and author of the New York Times bestselling Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook and other Stitch 'N Bitch books, Debbie Stoller combines fashion savvy with uncommon knitting sense. Here's how to get the right sweater measurement (because size definitely matters) and why never to bring him along to pick out the yarn. Why what's your favorite color is a dangerous question and how you can't go wrong with luxury yarns for even the most rugged of boyfriends. Best of all, here are 45 edgy, hipster patterns that are guy-vetted and approved, many designed by male master-knitters or women with men as design partners. Here's the Night & Day double-sided Brooklyn Bridge scarf. The Biker Boy sweater with a patch on the shoulder to protect against messenger bag wear and tear. Lucky Socks think rat pack at the casino. Skull Isle Cap & Mitts. The Ernie sweater. Hangover Helpers stuffed plush beermeister and whiskey bottle pillows. The Retropolitan Cardigan, with a geek-chic take on Mr. Rogers. Plus Man Hands (fingerless gloves), a Hackie Sack Hoodie, Pinup Girl Illusion scarf (oh, behave), and more.
"The newest from bestseller Stoller (Stitch 'n Bitch
) gives men their first chance to snuggle up with her fuzzy, fashion-forward knitting projects. While the book is aimed largely at the women who knit for them, men will be happy to know that Stoller's first concern is for their particular tastes: many interesting elements—fancy stitches, unusual yarn, unique designs—are anathema to most males, who prefer simple pieces in a darker palate. Part two includes a wide array of (not too) colorful, occasionally edgy projects. Though there are designs which any man would be proud to wear (scarves, caps, tube socks and sweaters), many projects are geared toward younger men; among funky fashions, two standouts are the well-proportioned biker jacket (with long, slim arms and body for full coverage) and a felted DJ Bag with a retro cassette tape pattern (though some designs—such as the beer bottle-shaped throw pillows—are just plain juvenile). As expected, Stoller's directions are clear, terms are well explained, illustrations are easy-to-follow and accompanying photos are stylish and sexy, though projects are not rated for difficulty. Those unafraid to venture beyond their comfort zone will find something suitable for most any man on their holiday gift list."
— Publishers Weekly
Stoller knows that at least half the projects women knit are intended for the men in their lives. She also knows that knitting for a boyfriend, husband, or father is full of pitfalls. The solution is this hip, smart knitters guide to knitting for men.
For the Men in Your Life!
This attitude-packed guide to knitting and crocheting for the men in your life covers the pitfalls, the tricks, and the rewards, plus 45 awesome projects--every one guy-reviewed and -approved, and many designed by male knitters or women using men as design partners.
- Why "what's your favorite color?" is a dangerous question.
- Sweater sizing on the sly: Measure one he already loves to wear.
- Why NOT to bring him along to pick out the yarn--and how you can't go wrong with luxurious alpacas, silks, cashmeres, and camels, even for the most macho of boyfriends.
- Say adios forever to the curse of the boyfriend sweater.
About the Author
Debbie Stoller is the bestselling author of the Stitch 'n Bitch series of knitting books and calendars. She comes from a long line of Dutch knitters, has a Ph.D. from Yale in the psychology of women, and is the editor-in-chief of Bust magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Table of Contents
Part 1: I Know What Boys Like: Knitting for Men
Part 2: The Patterns
• Scarves, Hats, Mittens
• Sweaters and Vests
• Socks and Accessories