My current work in progress:

Rona, by Alice Starmore, knit from Alice Starmore Hebridean 2-Ply, using 3.25mm 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. Hayley Simoneau says:

    Those sweaters look cozy! At my current knitting rate, I’d get one finished about 18 months from now, but, still, a knitter can hope. 😉

  2. So many sweaters, so little time!

  3. Oh, I just saw this on Knitty and thought it looked great! I would very much like to win (please o great random number generator, pick me)

  4. A book with sweaters that real, live, human, straight men would be caught dead wearing?? It’s a miracle. Count me in. I need that one.

  5. i really like the look of those sweaters. They do indeed look very wearable.
    Sallie´s last blog post ..Beaded!

  6. Very cool. These look like sweaters my hubby would actually wear, rather than so many I see that I wouldn’t waste time making, as they’d never leave the closet. Thanks for such a nice giveaway!

  7. Anne Marie B says:

    I love Bruce Weinstein designs! Count me in!

  8. elisa campbell says:

    Pick me pick me pick me ;p please of course.
    I even have this book on my nook wish list for the last 2-3 months…
    I just might be tempted to throw caution to the wind and play chicken with the sweater curse

  9. Enjoying your blog and current sweater project. I’d love to have the book!

  10. I knit all of my husband’s sweaters, so when a new book with man’s designs is being released — I get very, very excited! I would love to see this new book. Thanks for the opportunity to peruse this one.

  11. I’d love to win that book, my husband has been after me for a hand knitted something for ages! And the cables look great, I’m longing for the day when I have time to make something like that, but it won’t be until the little ones are at school.

  12. Looks terrific. I heard him interviewed this week on the webs podcast and the book sounds like a winner.

  13. I would love to win that book – I really enjoyed Bruce’s previous book

  14. Deena Crossett says:

    Merry Christmas Wendy! And Christmas hugs to Lucy!

  15. Ooh, I am just getting into sweaters, this would be a wonderful Christmas present for……me!

  16. Thanks for the chance.

  17. Looks like a good book.

  18. I never win anything ever, doesn’t matter though. I’d like that kitty more than the book. I will though take it if I get lucky…ciao
    Rositta´s last blog post ..Why Did I Think This Was A Good Idea?

  19. I’m rather impressed that you can be excited about knitting when you are this far into your project. I am inclined to lose momentum when I start down the home stretch on a project. Love the boyfriend sweater book, and if you draw me, it will be a gift for my sister, who will share with me.

  20. I would love to have this book. I have been trying to find a really nice sweater to knit for my husband. These look like they would be just perfect.

  21. Thanks for letting us know about this interesting book!

  22. Sandra Kerr says:

    I would totally love to win this sweater!!

  23. 21 years of marriage and i have yet to make hubby a sweater! This looks like it could be the answer, 🙂

  24. Perhaps this is my lucky week! Would love the book!

  25. I love classic men’s sweaters – I stole/borrowed my father’s sweaters all the time. I’d love this book! Thanks!

  26. Thanks for the chance.

  27. I’d love to win 🙂 I think it looks like some great projects for me !

  28. My husband needs a sweater, I’ve yet to knit him one, and these sweaters look like they are right up his alley. On another note, thanks for your dutiful posts! They give me something to look forward in the midst of finals. 🙂

  29. This would be perfect to own, I have all my yarn bought and am just waiting to jump into knitting my first sweater!

    Thanks for the giveaway

  30. Martina Norelli says:

    I love ‘boyfriend’ styling for sweaters and vests. I made a vest this past summer that cobbled together parts of at least three patterns to make a classic long sleeveless vest with a deep band of bottom edge ribbing (that didn’t grab your hips!). Perfect look for me.

  31. Ellen Perry says:

    I would love this book
    Please pick me

  32. Marilyn Goodenberger says:

    I would love to have this book!

  33. Oh, nice! I’d love to get my hands on a copy. Maybe this will be the book that makes me want to knit for my husband again.

  34. looks like a great book!

  35. A boyfriend sweater…..that’s a big commitment….he’s a big boy!

  36. Kathy from Alaska says:

    Hi, Wendy! Thanks for the opportunity to win the boyfriend sweater book!

  37. Can one influence a random number generator? Too bad. Of course we all would love to win the book – the patterns are so classic. Good Luck to everyone. Odds are it won’t be me, but whoever does will enjoy it.

  38. Count me in too please – it looks like a great book.
    Merry Christmas to every one!

  39. Thanks for the review! I hadn’t heard of this book being published and it sounds perfect for my Husband, he’s getting his first pair of handknit socks this Christmas and now you’ve inspired me to try a sweater for next Christmas.

  40. Carmon March says:

    This book looks fantastic! Thank you for the chance to win it! I would love to make some of the sweaters for my husband and two sons.

  41. That might be the thing to finally get me to knit one for MyGuy.
    Karin´s last blog post ..Pre Christmas Gift

  42. That book is awesome!! I would love to have a copy of it…..Sis and I are plus size gals and I could make us loads of great sweaters with that. I would love to win something knitting related…LOL…I’d just love to win something!!
    …and your jacket is coming along beautifully. I love watching your progress on your projects. You’re so talented and such a fast knitter. I’m retired and can’t get things done as fast as you!!
    I can’t wait to see the finished project…which I’m sure…will turn out just as perfect as all the rest.
    Have a great week.

  43. Ooooh, I’ve been eying this book. Looks like lots of good ideas for my husband…

  44. Judy Morin says:

    After raising 3 boys (they’re men in their 40’s now) and having 5 DGS’s. one would think I had enough patterns for men. BUT times change and I’m still searching for good-looking designs that the men in my life might actually wear. Whether I win or not, I’ll be looking for this book.

  45. Looks like a winner! I have someold pattern booklets of men’s classics from the 50’s and 60’s that I’vebeen wondering about “converting”. Seems like it might be a good idea.

  46. Looks like a great book! Can’t wait to see my prize!

  47. yes, please throw my hat in the ring. best wishes to you and lucy!

  48. Great sweaters. My husband would actually wear one of those…assuming he could get it away from me.

  49. Haven’t had a boyfriend in years, but I’d still like the book!

  50. Neat book. Sweaters are fun.

  51. Count me in, please!

  52. Kathy-SEVA says:

    Married to my best boyfriend for many years and have sons and sons-in-law. All these men (well maybe, all except one–lol) are not “trendy”, just regular, hard-working loving guys. If I don’t win this book, I’ll put it on my wish list! Thanks for the review.

  53. So tough to knit for my better half. Not just because he’s large but because he’s so darn PICKY. I’ve met picky women and he puts them all to shame. Perhaps if he perused this book he might find something… but then we’d have to yarn wrangle!

  54. This looks like the perfect book for man-type sweaters! I would love to win it 🙂

  55. This would be a great book for inspiring my Dad’s next sweater!

  56. A woman can never have too many pattern books! I would love to get up close with ths one 🙂

  57. Count me in! I’m all about the classics.
    Brigitte´s last blog post ..Malcolm Is A Poet

  58. This book sounds inciting. Would love a copy for my own.

  59. 1 husband, 3 sons, 3 grandsons (so far) Think I need this? Save me some money….please.

  60. Cool! Hubby likes sweaters, but the ones he gets from his sister are often a little too loud for him.

  61. Please add me to the draw…. love the aran jacket so far, merry christmas!!

  62. This is great – my hubby would be thrilled!

  63. I heard Bruce interviewed on Ready Set Knit (I think that was where); it sounds like a great book!

  64. Catherine Fessenden says:

    OMG! nothing would be better than knitting the perfect sweater for my wonderful son!

  65. Laurie Heeren says:

    Wow I would love to win this book. I wish my hair looked as nice as Lucy’s Fur; she sure is a beauty.

  66. Would love to have a copy of this book. I do so love big comfy sweaters.

  67. Mary Jackson says:

    Woohoo I’d love this book. Live in a house with my 3 guys and I bet I could get them to wear these sweaters. I may have to go check it out when released. Thanks.

  68. I’d LOVE to win the book!

  69. Heck ya, I’d like that copy.
    Saren Johnson´s last blog post ..List Day

  70. Alice Moisen says:

    Sounds like a great book. Iike the large size range

  71. This looks like a book you could use for a long time. Timeless designs.

  72. Y’know, my boyfriend was just asking me to make him a sweater the other week. So far I’ve told him no, I mean really, I’ve only completed one sweater for myself, why should he get one right away? But then again, he does wear through his hand knit socks rather quickly…

  73. looks like a great book

  74. Great idea for a book! I often find myself loving sweaters designed for men and wishing they offered smaller sizes.

  75. I would like to win this. My husband has always wanted me to knit him something. A sweater would be a nice handmade gift for him

  76. have boyfriend with a broad chest. would love to have the book to find a suitable pattern to make him a sweater. thanks.

  77. I have been longing to find a good sweater book for my guy. Pick me…oh, oh…pick me! lol
    Kate´s last blog post ..The opening

  78. I would love to win this book! It gets cold up here in Canada you know. LOL

  79. I don’t have a boyfriend, but I would love to make these sweaters for myself! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  80. I am throwing my hat into the ring.

  81. Elizabeth S. says:

    Would love to win a copy!
    Thank you!

  82. Oooh, nice! They’ve decided to stop giving us heat at my workplace, so suddenly sweaters are so much more attractive! (Although I must admit that I was loving all of your cabley knitting before the heat outage!)

  83. This looks great! Thanks for keeping the giveaway on your blog instead if using a third party. I hope I win! As a new knitter (2 yrs) your blog is a constant help end encouragement. -B

  84. Ooooh, colour me interested in the boyfriend sweater book!

  85. Liz in Missouri says:

    This looks like one of those perfect books. Being more of a – um – shall we say – Fluffy stature, sweater patterns can get a little daunting sometimes! I think this is one book I would really like.

  86. Oh, if I don’t win this sweater book I’ll probably buy it. Just the thing for me and my almost-fully-grown son!

  87. Not for boyfriend but for dear husband who is outstationed overseas for the next few years away from his wife, me! Hope the luck comes through!
    Emy´s last blog post ..Before 2012 sneaks away

  88. Thanks for the chance to win. Your new coat looks wonderful.
    Hev´s last blog post ..Good Things 12-09-12 through 12-11-12

  89. Classics are right up my alley. Thanks. And happy holidays to you!

  90. Ooohhh! count me in on this one – love the looks of these sweaters and I would love to start on one right now.

  91. Bluetoespinner says:

    My husband just asked me to knit him a sweater, the book would be super helpful!

  92. the book looks to be full of wearable sweaters. count me in!

  93. My husband would love a new sweater. He is classic.

  94. I would love to have a copy of this book. Please Random Number Generator–pick me!

  95. I loved Bruce Weinstein’s last book. Can’t wait to see this one. Thanks for the sneak peak 🙂

  96. Thanks for posting a picture of the project index.That looks like a book I should pick up, unless of course you send a copy this way.

  97. I think I see a sweater my husband would actually wear.

  98. This book looks great! I’d love to win a copy!

  99. Would love to win this book.
    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  100. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    I think my next knitting project should be my first sweater.