I genuinely enjoy knitting sweaters for my husband. Perhaps it is because he has a slender frame, and the sweaters are relatively simple to complete… This is the time of year when I think about knitting for him the most – with Christmas, his birthday, and our anniversary within a two-week span, it is prime gift-giving time. Last year, I made the quickie (but goodie) Lopi V-Neck Pullover. He even wears it without coaxing, so that is a good sign. This year, I was thinking of spicing it up a little…
Beau from Vintage Knits
“Spicing it up a little” in men’s knits means adding some ribbing. This sweater is a great classic piece that I can see Kris wearing often. In fact, when I pulled out several books and yarns for him to choose a pattern and a corresponding yarn for, he chose Beau right away, and then decided a nice brown wool would be a good match.
He liked the other sweaters choices too, among them the gansey from Handknit Holidays, a herringbone stitch pullover from Dalegarn, and a ski sweater from a Patons booklet. If I can fit it in this winter, I will try to do the Dalegarn one too – I love that yarn and that pattern… and Kris said it may be his second favorite. I also considered the Cobblestone Sweater from the Interweave Knits Fall 2007, but I didn’t have a good tweed yarn in my stash to match, and those two are like peanut butter and jelly – the Cobblestone just *needs* a good tweed. Maybe when the yarn diet is over…
There have been some interesting discussions on Ravelry about men’s patterns. I have also heard some buzz about the new men’s sweater pattern books on the market. I am always on the lookout for a new men’s pattern. Have you seen these new books?
What is your favorite men’s pattern?
Do you have any men’s pullovers/vests/cardigans in your queue?