The 10 Rules Every Woman Should Know Before Knitting for a Man~
Plus the Only 10 Patterns She'll Ever Need
ABOUT THE BOOK -
For as long as women have been knitting, they’ve been knitting garments for men—only to have men hide their lovingly created pieces in drawers and closets. Men aren’t being intentionally cruel; they’re just not comfortable in knitwear made with bright colors, itchy yarn, or flashy designs.
So what’s a knitter to do? Understand the male psyche, says knitting instructor Bruce Weinstein. In Knits Men Want he presents ten hilarious essays, each based on a rule that helps women knit for men successfully. “Men Are Babies” explains why guys need to wear soft fabrics. “Men Hate Fittings” describes how to create a sweater based on one that’s in his wardrobe. Following each essay is a timeless master pattern, from socks, hats, and scarves to an array of sweaters, all in a range of sizes and most written for multiple gauges. With this book in hand, women finally have the secret to knitting garments that men will appreciate and actually wear.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Bruce Weinstein has been designing knitwear and teaching
knitting for 10 years and has written 15 cookbooks with his partner,
Mark Scarborough. Once a creative director at Grey Advertising and The
Spier Group, he has appeared on the Today show, The View, CBS This Morning, and QVC, and writes for numerous national publications. He lives in Colebrook, Connecticut.
MY REVIEW -
I LOVE this book! Not only is it a great knitting book with great patterns - it is hilarious! I loved all the little anecdotes and helpful hints. I read this book cover to cover. I can't say that about too many knitting books!
And, I love this sweater! This is my favorite sweater in the whole book.
The patterns in here are great. Honestly, I think I would make every single item in here, and I honestly can't say THAT either about any other knitting book! There sweaters, vests, hats, scarves, fingerless mitts, and socks. All of these are basic patterns that men will be sure to wear and patterns that you can knit over and over.
Thank you Open Road Integrated Media and Netgalley for this e-book in exchange for my honest review!
New Tricks for scarves, Hats, Jewelry, and other accessories
By Laura Nelkin
ABOUT THE BOOK -
An abundance of knitted luxuries--summery lace shawls, warm and wooly
hats, a trio of cool knitted bracelets, and stunning beaded
gloves--designed to grow your skills.
Who doesn't love to knit
accessories? They're fast, often require only a skein or two of yarn,
and make amazingly versatile gifts for friends and family. Small knits
are also the perfect way to try something new--an unusual stitch
pattern, wild multi-colored yarn, or even a touch of sparkle. Laura
Nelkin is well-known for designing these fun-to-knit little projects
introducing her students and fans to advanced techniques with her
signature "You can do it!" enthusiasm. In her first book, she shares her
3 favorite types of knitting using wrapped stitches, lacework, and
beads. Each chapter begins with a quick knitted cuff to lay the
foundations, then gradually ramps up to more complicated designs. The
result is an all-new collection of wearable, feminine knits with a
slightly rustic aesthetic. Give them as gifts, stockpile for a chilly
day, or dress up a casual outfit--these are knockout projects to enjoy
knitting again and again.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Laura Nelkin, a prolific independent knitwear designer, graduated from
Cornell with a degree in Apparel Design. A former design director, Laura
sells her knit pattern and kit line to yarn stores worldwide and
teaches workshops around the country and online with Craftsy.com. Her
patterns have been published through Nelkin Designs, and in The Rhinebeck Sweater, Scarf Style 2, Knitscene, and Knitty. Laura lives near Ithaca, New York.
Visit her at www.nelkindesigns.com.
MY REVIEW -
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Well I was already a fan of Laura (We share the same hometown - Ithaca!), but this book is just plain fantastic! There are so many items I want to make.Everything in this book is good, there are no throwaways. I love this kind of knitting anyway - Lace knitting and cables. And I love knitting the small but more complicated stuff, socks, gloves, scarves, hats. I would rather knit those than sweaters any day.
Her directions are always excellent. The pictures are beautiful (full color and lots of them) and the diagrams and charts are perfect... need I say more?
This is one of my favorites! I can't wait to make this hat -
Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this amazing knitting book for my honest review!
Sorry I was MIA there for a while. We bought a new house and moved to a new state. We are still getting settled, but coming along.
I bought this specialty yarn a loooong time ago, like a couple yrs ago. I didn't know what I was going to do with it. I only bought it because it was on mega sale, like .99 per skein. And it was pretty.
I tried knitting with it but it was so slippery I couldn't really do much with it.
I decided to crochet a decorative scarf with it. I think its turning out nicely.
I haven't crocheted in a long time and it feels good to do it again.
I finished my tank sweater I was working on! I love it. It still needs to be blocked, but fits nicely.
This is the pattern that I used -
I had never used a Cascade pattern before and to be honest I don't know if I ever will again! Parts of this pattern were so confusing and I ended up doing it a little different just because I couldn't figure it out. I think it could have been written better, more clear.
But it did turn out nice and I am very happy with it!
Rethink traditional knitting with this groundbreaking collection of
25 sophisticated patterns for beautiful sweaters, jackets, and
accessories from one of the most influential voices in knitwear design.
author Nicky Epstein offers knitters of all skill levels adventurous,
wearable projects that showcase innovative and clever construction and
garment details. From a tunic created by weaving sections of knitting to
a pullover featuring braided sleeve details, these patterns all offer
interesting new twists on classic handknit designs. The stitches are
easy, but the eye-opening results will challenge the way knitters think
about this age-old craft. Each chapter focuses on one type of treatment,
including innovative shaping, weaving, and braiding, directional
knitting, or cutting-edge ways to use edgings and colorwork. Distilling
her more than 30 years of knit design know-how, Nicky shares all the
tricks of her trade in this gorgeous volume.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Nicky Epstein, one of today's hottest knitwear designers, has gained
international recognition for her innovative work, whimsical sense of
style, and informative workshops. She has authored numerous books,
including Knitting in Circles, Knitting Block by Block, Nicky
Epstein's Knitted Flowers, Knitting On the Edge, Knitting Over the Edge,
Knitting Beyond the Edge, and Knits for Barbie® Doll, among others. Her designs have also been featured in Vogue Knitting and many other knitting publications, as well as on television and at art exhibitions.
MY REVIEW -
Absolutely gorgeous hard-cover book!
This is not really a knitting book for beginners, but that's what I love about it! I am an advanced knitter and it is getting harder to find knitting books that are not just the basics.
This book has some BEAUTIFUL patterns! I am so excited to try some. Every pattern has several full color pictures and diagrams. I fully read through one of the patterns and there was nothing I didn't understand. It all seemed very straight forward and easy to follow. And at the end of course is the stitch glossary.
I think this book is very well done! Two thumbs up! I am also very excited to check out some of her others books as well. I don't believe I have seen any others by this designer.
Here are my favorite patterns -
And this one I really LOOOOOVE! I think I am going to try to make this later this year!
Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this Gorgeous book for my honest review!