Welcome to author and knitwear designer Bruce Weinstein. The author of new men’s wear knitting book,knits men want, provides an insight into the male psyche with a series of irreverent essays and some lovely knitting patterns – giving women (and men) the secret to knitting garments that their men will actually love to wear.
Knits Men Want: The 10 Rules Every Woman Should Know Before Knitting for a Man~ Plus the Only 10 Patterns She’ll Ever Need by Bruce Weinstein (Author), Jared Flood (Photographer). Published by STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (April 1, 2010).
Why men can’t tell their a** from their elbow. Ever notice that your man wears t-shirts inside out, puts on socks that don’t match, or wears jeans that should have been washed or even trashed weeks earlier? Learn why and what you can do about it.
If I had a dollar for every time my partner Mark wore a polo shirt inside out – even out to lunch with me and friends – I’d have enough to buy those 2 bags of Super Chunky Debbie Bliss Cashermino I’ve been dying to knit with. But he’s not the only one who’s oblivious. My friend Richard owns a knitting store with his wife Barbara and he’s always got a cabled scarf on backwards so you can’t see the cables. For my part, I wear jeans so long, that when I visit my mother for the holidays, I have to fight with her to keep from burning them in the fireplace – yes, I am nearly 50 years old, yes, I still have a mother, and yes, she still treats me like a child sometimes. But I can’t blame all this on age. Back in college, my roommates and I all kept our socks in a big jumble in a laundry basket and we each wore whichever 2 came out first. The only ones who seemed to notice, or care, were their girlfriends.
And is it any wonder? As children, we were given GRRRRR-Animals to wear, matching clothes by animal tags instead of being taught what colors go together. But there is help. And it’s not sewing pictures of Kangaroos on men’s pants and shirts into their middle age. It’s called knitting smarter for men. Using reversible cables and keeping their socks in all the same color palette so we can still knit for them and men can still be, well, men.