- Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc
- Format: Paperback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 196mm x 234mm x 18mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 April 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1584798408
- ISBN 13: 9781584798408
- Illustrations note: 30 colour photographs
- Sales rank: 47,750
For as long as women have been knitting, they have been knitting garments for men (oftentimes with the maddening result that the men don't want to wear what they make). Bruce Weinstein swears that men aren't intentionally (or unintentionally) running a passive aggressive campaign against the women in their lives. And it's not that men don't want to wear handknits in general. It's simply a matter of understanding what men really want and then knitting accordingly. For starters, skip the fancy sitchwork. If the stitch name has the word 'popcorn' or 'butterfly' in it, forget it. And don't bother with yarns that make men sweat (even if it's cashmere). And when it comes to colour, forgo the rainbow and think dark or neutral - except maybe, sometimes, with permission, if you're making socks. "Unwinding Men" is a collection of 10 humorous (and enlightening!) essays and 10 master knitting patterns for men's garments. These 10 patterns, which include variations and tips for customisation, are all any knitter needs to keep the men in her life happily clad in handknits for their entire lives. Each essay focuses on a fact about men that women need to know in order to understand their guys and be able to knit successfully for them. For example, Rule number 8 (Men are Babies) explains why men won't wear anything even the least bit itchy. And Rule number 7 (Men Hate Fittings) gives tips for how to create a sweater based on the size and style of one already in his wardrobe. Each essay is then followed by a timeless pattern, from socks, hats and scarves to an array of sweater styles that men will be happy to receive and will actually wear. Each pattern in this collection includes a broad range of sizes and most are also written for multiple gauges so they can be knitted in various weights of yarn; this allows the knitter to use the same pattern as a basis for all of the men in her life, from son to husband to grandfather.
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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.
By Matt Watson 03 Jun 2010
I don't often buy pattern books, especially men's patterns, but I'm so glad I made an exception in the case of "Knits Men Want".
The reason I'm not usually keen to buy men's pattern books is that more often than not they are so prescriptive that they are a one-liner - "here's the pattern, knit it" x10 patterns.
But "Knits Men Want" is fantastic. I love that each pattern has instructions for a wide variety of sizes and gauges (great if you want to substitute yarn easily and especially great for people who knit with handspun). I also really like that each pattern has a story to it - after all how often do you knit something just to knit it? Knitting always has an origin and a destination.
Getting Jared Flood on board as photographer was genius - his sublime aesthetic is stamped all over the images in this book and he definitely knows what men want when it comes to knitting.
The only thing that I don't love about this book (but neither do I really mind it) is the focus it has on women knitting for men - the pitch is obviously to guide women to knit garments that the men in their lives will actually want to wear (pretty clear from the title really). That pitch doesn't really appeal to me but I can easily see past it thanks to the great patterns and wonderful images.
I'd definitely recommend this book to my knitsibs and hope that Bruce Weinstein writes another soon!