My current work in progress:

Newlyn Jacket, by Jane Gottelier, knit from Rowan Original Denim, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

Boyfriend Sweaters

I have here a review copy of Boyfriend Sweaters: 19 Designs for Him That You’ll Want to Wear by Bruce Weinstein.

Published by Potter Craft, this book will be released on December 18, next Tuesday. It contains 19 designs, most of which are sweaters, along with a few scarves and one hat.

The designs in this book are unisex and can be knit in a variety of sizes. The smallest size I saw was a 35″ chest/bust and the largest 62″. With everything in-between. And each sweater is available in a range of 4 to 5 sizes, something I appreciate very much.

What I appreciate even more is that the designs tend more towards the classic than the trendy, and they looks like sweaters that the guys I know in Real Life would actually wear. But knit in a smaller size and in a different color, they would look equally good on women. Not a lot of fussy details or shaping here — rather, clean classic lines. Take a look at the project index:

Throughout the book there are short essays (for example, one on the Sweater Curse), and there are also some great technique sections: some basics on gauge, sizing, understanding schematics and charts, and techniques used for the designs, like stitch patterns, reversible cables, and colorwork techniques.

So if you are looking for a set of nice classic designs for both men and women, look no further.

I’m giving away my review copy. Who’d like it?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of Boyfriend Sweaters: 19 Designs for Him That You’ll Want to Wear, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am on Sunday, December 16. (Do not email me, do not use the contact me form. Rather, click on the comments link directly under the title of this post, Boyfriend Sweaters, and fill out the comment form.) I’ll use the Random Number Generator to select a winner at random from among those comments.

Meanwhile back at home, I’m knitting along on my sweater:

I should be able to complete this side front by the end of the week. Then I can start the other side front, and that one will be slightly more exciting to knit because I’ll be working buttonholes in the front band.

Lucy sez:

“A girl can’t get in enough primping!”


  1. Dotty Martin says:

    Very cool! Love the sweaters and Love the name and idea of this book.

  2. Count me in!

  3. This looks like a great book Wendy, and just what I
    am looking for.
    Your sweaters are inspiring.

  4. I have an old J Crew men’s sweater from 20 years ago (literally) that is falling apart. I have vowed to knit a sweater to take it’s place (they don’t make ’em like that anymore). I bet there is a pattern that looks pretty darn close to what I’m looking for. Pick me, pick me… (I know I’m talking to a random number generator, but it feels good to give a shout out to the knitting gods).

  5. Please include me in the contest. Thanks!
    sprite´s last blog post ..into the stacks: winter town (a virtual advent tour review)

  6. This looks like an interesting book. Thanks for the chace to win your copy.

  7. Pick me…pick me!!! Please……

  8. I actually broke the “boyfriend sweater curse”- knit a pullover for DH in 1987, married him in ’88, and we’ll celebrate our 25th anniversary this August! He still has that sweater, and wears it on occasion, but maybe he’d like a new one…

  9. Looks like a sweater for my husband could be in his future!

  10. Just what I’ve been looking for! I have 3 sons, a grandson, and ME!

  11. Looks like a great book!
    Love your knitted coats!

  12. Ronnie Granade says:

    I have said I would never knit a sweater for my husband. I think should I win this copy, I would attempt to do what I have said I never would do.

  13. Lynne in Florida says:

    Ooooohh, yes, PLEASE! I love the style of classical sweaters, and would really like to have this nice collection, all in one place!

    Ear scritches to Miss Lucy.

  14. I’d love a copy of this book! Thanks so much.

  15. Please, please, please! I would love this book. I always have problems finding sweaters that hubby would like. This book looks perfect! Tnank you for offering it!

  16. Sasha Barber says:

    yay! another giveaway. I can’t wait to see your finished sweater btw. 🙂

  17. Ooo, does a boyfriend come with each sweater? ;p

  18. This would be great, not for a boyfriend but for my father. I promised him a simple navy blue sweater a year (or two) ago. Meaning miles and miles of stockinette. I’d love to see if there is something else he would accept and wear.

  19. Laura Iseman says:

    Oh magic number generator Please pick me, that looks like a great book.

  20. Loooks like a great book. Thanks for giving us a chance to a copy

  21. I’m always looking for great men’s sweaters for my guy – I’d love a copy!
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  22. Elaine Stiller says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this book!

  23. Elizabeth H. says:

    I”m not sure my hubby would appreciate my knitting a “boyfriend” sweater, so I’ll just call it a hubby sweater instead.

  24. I’ve been married for almost three years and I still haven’t knit him a sweater…I think we have to remedy this situation… ^_^

  25. That book looks awesome. I can certainly find something my hubby and dad would like in that book!
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  26. I’m always looking for a project for my classic-loving permanent boyfriend/husband. This looks like a great book. Would love to add it to my projects-to-knit list.

  27. Margaret G says:

    I would love a copy of this book.

  28. Alicia Reid says:

    This seems like the book I need! I’ve been looking for a long time for simple, stylish patterns for men. By the index, it seems like it 🙂

  29. Jackie Wilson says:

    Don’t knit as many guy things as I should.

  30. Sounds great, with a lot of sizes. Would love to win. Thanks

  31. I would love a chance to win the Sweater book. I have enjoyed watching your knitting progress. I am especially enjoying the latest blogs on the cable sweater since I am planning to make a sweater for my husband soon that has lots of cable and texture in it.

    thanks for the opportunity for winning the book.

  32. Thats my style. Has been as long as I can remember. I always was in my brothers stuff looking for things I could make look girly. When he came home from the Navy I worn his bell bottoms and his cute pea coat. He didn`t think it was cute but I did. I shop in the mens dept as much as I shop in the misses. I love big boxy sweaters. Oh I want need, have to have this book…..Pick Me Pick ME

  33. That looks like a great book, Wendy! Thanks for offering it! Have a wonderful Christmas (holiday) and a Happy New Year. LisaD in upstate NY

  34. Oh man, that book would be really useful! Even books of patterns specifically for men are usually half full of things I can’t imagine any of my male friends or family wearing. These patterns look a lot more classic and realistic.

  35. Shirley Davis says:

    I need this one for me and my DH! Great for my collection.

  36. A sweater for me is on my todo list for 2013.

  37. I really like the classic styles in this book.

  38. Nice book… If I don’t win, I think I’ll buy it!

  39. I’ve knit my boyfriend (now husband) one sweater, but he lost some weight, so I am definitely on the lookout for more patterns.

  40. Love me a classic cardigan…in this cooler weather, I’m practically living in mine!

  41. Now this looks like a book I really would like to add to my library. Will add it even if I don’t win.

  42. Sounds like a fun book, I’m in 🙂

  43. I find my self wearing men’s sweaters more than women’s, so a book of patterns is a great idea.

  44. I would LOVE a copy of this book! My goal is to knit a sweater in 2013!

  45. Wendy Hartmann says:

    I would love a copy of this, so maybe I can finally knit my BF a sweater that he will actually what.

  46. This book looks great. Thanks for offering the chance to win it.

  47. I’ve been looking for the perfect pattern for a batch of yarn in my stash…one of these could be just the one.

  48. Peggy aka PickleSoup on Rav says:

    Ooooh!! Looks wonderful! Love the classics. Hate trendy!! 🙂

  49. Oh fun. I even have a boyfriend to make one for!

  50. Amanda Underwood says:

    As strange it might seen I’d rather knit the 6’4″ hubby a sweater than a pair of socks. This looks fantastic even if I don’t win.

  51. Looks like a great book. We all love cozy,, classics styles for sweaters

  52. Sounds like a winner! I love classic styles. Thanks for the chance.

  53. What a great book to have in your (my?) library !

  54. Doing the finish work on a Curve of Pursuit afghan (finally!) thus a sweater would take far less time.

    Hoping the random number generator chooses me!

  55. The book looks great! I love classic patterns and wide pattern size ranges!

  56. Don’t have the BF, but would love to make some of these sweaters.

  57. Barb Hicks says:

    Would love to knit my first sweater. The book looks like it has some styles that would work for hubby or I

  58. Looks like a great book. I prefer men’s style sweaters to wormen’s most of the time!

  59. I would love to win this book! My husband is certainly deserving a Boyfriend Sweater!

  60. Wendy Peterson says:

    I love plain, unfussy sweaters and would love the patterns in. The new book. Wendy

  61. Your sweater’s looking good. Thanks for the opportunity
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  62. My mom bought my husband and I matching sweaters one time – long time ago when things like that were cool. Mine fit quite nicely but his kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger, we couldn’t quite figure it out. This book looks very interesting.

  63. Perfect for my first sweater ever! Thanks for the fab giveaway.

  64. I’d love it too. Can’t seem to win my son over with a hand knit sweater. There is always hope!
    This book offers a little promise.

  65. Leta Hansen says:

    What an awesome book! I would love to win!

  66. my best friend is my husband…i would love this book to make him a sweater! thank you for offering it!

  67. Pam Chamberlain says:

    What a great book – my husband and I would love it.

  68. I’d love to win the book. I live in a house with 3 men -1 husband, 2 sons. Besides, even if they don’t like sweaters I’m sure I’d love them. Thanks Wendy!

  69. I’d love to win this. Bruce’s patterns are awesome and I love that he writes for multiple gauges.

  70. Count me in the drawing. Just love those classic lines… timeless.

  71. Yep, please enter me in the draw. I liked his last book.

  72. With two guys in my house this book would be a good choice. Plus I often giggle over the
    ‘sweater curse’ idea. If I had known about ‘the curse’ it might have saved me from a few bad break-ups.

  73. Oooh, how I’d love to have a collection of classic sweaters to choose from for either him.. or most likely me.

  74. Thank you very much for this giveaway. I would *love* to win a copy!!

  75. What a great book.
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  76. My hubby won’t wear knitted sweaters, but I have a teenage son who loves knitted things – especially those that are “normal”. Sounds like this book is one I’ll need to buy if I don’t win this draw!
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  77. in addition to 176 (so far) I want that book!

  78. Alicia Howard says:

    I’m looking for some ideas for my hubby!

  79. Too Twisted Donna says:

    Looks like a great book!! Maybe my husband will get his sweater!!!

  80. the sweater curse extends to the grand kids, speaking from experience!! But I did enjoy knitting it, too bad I (most likely) will never see it again…

  81. This book has the type of sweaters that actually get worn by men. Would love to win it.

  82. Tanglegirl says:

    love the book!
    and, Hi Lucy!

  83. I would love to have a copy of this book.

  84. Mahnnnnn …. could I use This Book !! Husband, 2 sons, Father, Brother-in-law, 2 Nephews …. :o)

  85. Sounds like a great book. I’m looking for a sweater pattern to knit up for the hubster, and I already have the yarn so I’m ready to roll.

  86. How exciting! Thank you for letting us know about the book!

  87. Yes, I’d love to have this book Ms. Claus!

  88. I’d get a lot of use out of a sweater book like that – my brother loves hand-knits and my son needs a nice sweater. I’ll have to get it!

  89. Angela Medina says:

    Looks cool!

  90. Denise in Ohio says:

    Please, please, oh great random number generator, select my post.

  91. Looks like a book a mother of sons would also like to add to her library. Thanks for the review.

  92. I’d love to win this. Thanks for the chance!

  93. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  94. Love the classic designs. My men would wear these sweaters.

  95. I love men’s sweaters that women can use, too. This book sounds great!
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  96. Love all the sweaters and so would my 4 grandsons!

  97. If I don’t win, I’ll be buying!

  98. Sounds like a great book. There are too few classic sweaters for men! I’ll definitely have to check it out even if I don’t win.

  99. Looks like an interesting book. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks!

  100. Kari Oswald says:

    The first and only sweater I made for my husband was knit up about 25 years ago. I’d love to win a copy of the book and knit up a sweater we BOTH can wear!