My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm 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.

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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:

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


  1. I am always looking for interesting patterns for men’s sweaters — these look great!

  2. Here’s hoping the random generator picks me! With four sons and a husband to knit for, I could certainly use this book.

  3. With four boys and a husband to knit for, I could sure use this book!

  4. My husband will never see one of these in his closet, but I’d like some in my size a lot! Thanks for the drawing–

  5. I want a boyfriend. I wonder if my husband would mind?
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  6. I love boyfriend sweaters! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!
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    The boyfriend sweater book looks lovely. Please add my name to your pool of comments.

  8. Kelli Crego says:

    Been waiting for the perfect pattern before making my sweetheart a sweater! I would love to win this book.

  9. I love knitting “men’s” sweaters for myself – they are often just so nice and cozy as well as classic.

  10. I would love this! Perfect for my boyfriend’s bday in April!

  11. looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  12. Terri Puett says:

    I’ve been promising my husband a sweater (and more socks and another pair of mitts and an afghan) – so this book would be a great way to get me started.

  13. i’d love to win! my friend has this wicked cabled sweater and whenever he wears it i make him take it off so i can steal it… so maybe this book would help me knit sweaters that i have the same affinity for!

  14. The book looks great, I’d love to win!

  15. I’d like to win this!
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  16. It definitely looks like a great book of classic patterns.
    Love your cables!

  17. I wish I had a boyfriend but these sweaters would be all mine!

  18. Mimi Ophir says:

    I would love a copy!

  19. I love boyfriend sweaters.

  20. I have one of his other books about Knitting for Men. It is wonderful and full of really useful advice about both the knitting and the wherefore of knitting.

  21. Love your blog & this book.

  22. It makes so much sense to knit classic sweaters. After putting that much work into them, you want them to last a loooooong time.

  23. I would love to win this book!

  24. Those patterns look great. I see several I might like to make.

  25. This looks great! Patterns for me or my guys.

  26. Good ideas for sweaters for my husband. He likes wearing my hand-knits.
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  27. Looks like a great selection of patterns.
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  28. No boyfriend to knit for but maybe this could help me lure one in!

  29. Would love to have this book – large comfy sweaters are right up my alley – great to cuddle up in during the winter!
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  30. Cecilia David says:

    Please pick me Mr. Number Generator. cd

  31. That sounds like a fun book! I’d like to throw my hat into the ring for it; I’m always looking for classic patterns to knit for my husband, who’s not into trendy sweaters whatsoever.

  32. This book looks perfect for where I am in my knitting right now. I have never knit a sweater even though I have been knitting for 8 years. I am looking for a simple cardigan to make for myself. Watching your recent coat knitting has inspired me.

  33. A new book would be like a Christmas present for myself! Thanks for the offer!

  34. Kaye Reynolds says:

    No boyfriend but would love the book!

  35. Oh my, I am in love with this book! I really liked his first book and would love a copy of this one. I see several designs that I would really like to knit!

  36. my so is always asking for a sweater!

  37. This sounds like a wonderfully useful book. I’d love a copy very much.

  38. This would be the perfect book for knitting for my husband. He is a little fussy. Also, he currently doesn’t have enough sweaters that I want to wear too. /giggle

  39. Oh, wow! I love classic sweaters. I love unisex sweaters. I love men’s sweaters. Nine times out of ten, I find myself knitting men’s sweaters for myself. I knit sweaters for my boyfriend, and he loves them and wears them, and then sometimes I steal them and wear them. This book was made for me!

  40. Just this week I finished my first sweater, and am very excited to make more…maybe even for my husband LOL…it is hard for me to find sweaters in my (plus) size that I really love. Please enter me in the drawing. And give the Lovely Lucy a kiss for me 🙂

  41. I don’t have a boyfriend, but this looks like an excellent book! Love your blog, Wendy. I am in awe of your mad knitting skills.

  42. With a hubby and a son, I have two men to try these on! I would love to have this book!

  43. Jeanne Bringley says:

    I bet they would work just as well on a husband and son!

  44. Oooo pick me

  45. Catherine S. says:

    Thanks for the Boyfriend Sweaters review, Wendy. If I don’t win it I’ll buy it.

  46. Time to move beyond scarves . . .

  47. My husband can’t ever seem to find a sweater that he wants me to knit for him. Maybe this is exactly the book that I need. Even if he didn’t “like” the sweater it would still get worn.

  48. Love the classic styles!

  49. Thank you so much for all that you share. 🙂

  50. This is the book I need as I look over the cliff into the abyss of first sweaterdom for, ahem, people. OF. REAL. SIZES. LIKE. ME. Thank you for the review of a book I can actually use in the new year. Oh. And Happy New Year!

  51. Laura from the rain forest side of Washington State says:

    This looks like just the book I need as I contemplate my first sweater for, ahem, real-sized people LIKE ME. Thanks for the review. And Happy New Year, too!

  52. I love good men’s pattern books. They are very hard to fing.

  53. I’ve been looking forward to this one!

  54. I’ve been wanting to make myself a sweater but I don’t want a fitted “girly” sweater. These designs look like just what I’ve been looking for–this will be the first sweater I’ve ever made for me. Thanks for offering it!

  55. this looks great, hope you pick me thanks!

  56. this looks great, hope you pick me thanks

  57. I’d love to win!

  58. I would love to have it!

  59. I’d love the book. It has been more than 20 years since I last knit my husband a sweater. The other man in my life, a cocker spaniel named Tyson, has two sweaters that I knit for him. I gues it is my husband’s turn.

  60. Ooh pick me! I have never knit a sweater before but this makes me want to finally do it!

  61. I would love it !

  62. This book would be so helpful. Count me in for the drawing. Nice to read I’m not the only one working on sweaters.

  63. Love your blog – you are so talented and of course Lucy is lovely!

  64. Looks good!

  65. Can’t wait to see this book come out…I’m planning a hubby sweater and I think I could learn something from this book. Will probably buy it but winning it would be a bonus!

  66. I have three boys for which I must knit–a husband and two grown sons. They are always begging me for sweaters, but I have been quite ill the past few years and haven’t gotten the gumption to knit anything that big. But this book looks wonderful, inspiring, and just what I need to get going.