I’ve recently bought two more men’s knitting pattern books, though. Since I am deep in Christmas present knitting and not allowed/able to start new projects right now, I haven’t made anything from either of the books, but I am excited about both.
One is Dapper, from KnitPicks. It has stylish patterns with unusual details, but nothing too extreme. The guys I knit for are hip but classic in their clothing choices.
The other book, just arrived in my package from La Droguerie, is their new book of patterns for guys of all ages, Nos hommes, or “our men.”
One pattern in this book convinced me that I had to buy the book.
The baby pattern with stranded vegetables from the Soup collection. I like all three of those patterns, but the Baby is definitely getting a vegetable pullover.
I admire this one, too, though it is probably too jazzy for the men I knit for.
There are quite a few color-blocked patterns that I think might be too jazzy for American men in general.
But the traditional Irish sweater could be a hit — and probably a better fit for my sons than the typical American pattern.
There are several more updated classics, too. This one has a truck driver collar. I don’t know what that means, but it’s an interesting construction.
I like the photos, too. Often pattern books have photos so artsy that you can’t really see the sweater.
Or the models look so bored and sullen that it’s disturbing to have to look at them repeatedly as you knit up the garment.
Nos hommes has lots of cute patterns for boys as well.
Each pattern is written out in traditional knitting style, but in French. There are charts — including multicolored charts for complex cables, which I love — and schematics with measurements.
The stitches are explained along with the gauge and materials. The sizes run from XXS-XL for adults and 2-12 for kids.
I look forward to making making some of these.