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Is he sweater-worthy? According to Judith Durant, no man deserves a sweater until the relationship involves long-term commitment. It’s just too risky to put all that time and effort and love into a knitted garment for a man who might be long gone by the time the sweater actually looks like a sweater.

But knitters do want to make soft, warm things for the people they love — new boyfriends included. So what is the proper project for the ...

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Is he sweater-worthy? According to Judith Durant, no man deserves a sweater until the relationship involves long-term commitment. It’s just too risky to put all that time and effort and love into a knitted garment for a man who might be long gone by the time the sweater actually looks like a sweater.

But knitters do want to make soft, warm things for the people they love — new boyfriends included. So what is the proper project for the it’s-been-four-dates-and-we’re-having-a-great-time guy? The Dinner Date Scarf, customized with the colors of his favorite sports team, doesn’t scare him with thoughts of commitment but does give him something warm he’ll be happy to wear to football games.

Simple, shaped projects should be saved for more serious, exclusive relationships. Mittens, socks, and hats are all perfect for that semi-committed phase — they require a little more time and effort but can be quickly dropped if things don’t work out after all. Only when the ring is in hand should work begin on the merino/cotton blend Half-Zip Pullover, a classic, not-too-heavy sweater he will wear for years.

Knit items are excellent gifts for men; they just have to be given at the appropriate time. Durant not only warns stitchers about appropriate project-to-relationship ratios, she offers 22 of the smartest patterns available for men’s clothing and accessories.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781580176460
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 12/30/2006
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Durant is editor of the best-selling One-Skein Wonders series, which currently includes six volumes, and author of Never Knit Your Man a Sweater and Knit One, Bead Too and co-author with Jean Campbell of The Beader’s Companion and with Dorothy T. Ratigan of Knitting Know-How. Judith has been knitting for more than fifty years and writing and editing for thirty years. She currently lives in Lowell, Massachusetts.


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    Despite the title of the book making me cringe the first time I saw it, I did find many of the patterns useful for male members of my family, as well as some friends I have knitted for. With the exception of the last sweater in the book, which is way too complicated for my tastes, I think most of the items in the pages are workable, and the patterns do go from the really easy (coasters, which made a great housewarming present) to just challenging enough to keep things interesting. Even if you are not knitting for a boyfriend, I'd say get the book anyway.

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