My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


You May Commence Groaning Now

Why? Because I have named my new shawl pattern “Faro-Easy Shawl.”

How easy is it? I finished it in under a week. Gotta love knitting with DK-weight yarn right after knitting with laceweight!


But I’ve not blocked it yet, so the official FO post will have to wait til Sunday. The color in that photo is way off because I was shooting into the sun.

In the meantime . . .

Book Review!

I have in my hot little hands (and have had for a week or so) a copy of this book:


Men’s Knits: 20 New Classics by Erika Knight. The publication date is September 1 — next Tuesday.

As the title suggests, this is a collection of classic designs for men. I love how the table of contents has photos of each design:


And there are some accessories as well as sweaters:


For each design, there is a photo of the sweater being worn by a “real” looking guy, as well as a photo of the sweater lying flat, with arrows superimposed on it to show you exactly where the size measurements were taken.

Of course, most of the models were young and cute:


But there are a couple of older guys in here too. Here’s one of them:


For the most part, the sweaters are indeed classic and non-fussy — perfect guy sweaters. This is the only one that gave me pause:


But I think it is just a matter of a too-big sweater on the model. Your mileage may vary, but most guys I know would not wear an oversized sweater like that.

Well, the back cover photo made me stop and think as well:


The cardigan looks rather ill-fitting but then, the pants do too.

There’s a range of sizes — from small to xxl. But a word of warning: the small is generally a 36″ chest, and the xxl is 44″. When I think of xxl for a man’s size, I think of 50″ or so. If you are knitting for a big guy, these sizes might not work for you.

There’s a wide variety of yarns represented from chunky to fingering, all of which could be swapped out and subbed with little problem, I think.

Okay, who would like my review copy?

If you’d like to be entered in a drawing to receive this book, leave a comment to this post by noon Eastern time on Sunday, August 30, 2009. I’ll draw a name at random then.

Lucy sez:


“I can’t wait!”


  1. yum and the sweaters are nice too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Cynthia A says:

    Thanks Wendy!

  3. beautiful shawl! And katkoe is right…the sweaters are also very yummy!
    .-= betzi´s last blog ..On the Not-so-Fine Art of Putting Yourself Out There =-.

  4. You’re right! That giant sweater is pretty awkward.
    .-= Molly´s last blog ..Yarnadoodledoo Squinch Superwash Merino Yarn – 450 yds. =-.

  5. That older fellow looks like Ina Garten’s buddy. Lovely eye candy.

  6. Kim Ledford-Hauser says:

    LOVE the shawl! I’ve been on a sock jag…never have made a REAL shawl, maybe this one would be a great 1st?! Keep up the good work and please tell Lucy that I greatly appreciate her regal beauty ; )

  7. Love the new shawl!

  8. No photo of Lucy on the new shawl? BTW she is looking particularly glamorous today. XXL will fit my dearly beloved who believes he is an L – and who am I to disagree?

  9. Great shawl! I’ve had some DK that’s screaming to be made into a shawl for a while now…

    Nice review of the men’s book–I wonder if there would be something in there that my husband might actually consent to wearing…

  10. Joyce Laurie says:

    Personally, I like the old guy! At least his clothes fit! Thanks for the chance for the book.

  11. It’s a good shawl. I just got a commission for a Faroe styled one and I might actually get that one done in time for Christmas!

  12. Lovely, lovely shawl!

  13. I wonder too if there is something in that book I could use….

  14. Impressive knitting speed on that shawl even if it is DK! Can’t wait to see it blocked.

    The book looks far better than most knitting-for-men books. Thanks for telling us about the sizes. That is very helpful. I knit for a XXL husband and it’s almost impossible to find patterns for big guys.

  15. Alex Fagelson says:

    LIke the new shawl.

  16. I am definitely interested in the book. Santa is coming

  17. That book looks neat.

  18. Lucy is just waiting for the blocking so she can give it the catterly roll of approval.
    .-= elysbeth´s last blog ..Taking it all =-.

  19. I think you should consider a book on shawls – in the meantime I’ll hope to win the book of men’s sweaters. Love the grey-haired man!

  20. *Groan* ๐Ÿ™‚ No, I love the name! And the shawl, very pretty and simple. I’m excited about that book too! Even if I don’t win, I might have to go buy it. The hubs has been bothering me for a while to make him a sweater, but doesn’t like any of the patterns I’ve found… maybe this will have the one.
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..The Bridges of Madison County- Robert James Waller =-.

  21. The shawl is lovely, even if the name is a pun.

  22. As a male knitter who mostly knits for other men, this is relevant to my interests.

    However, I’ve got to ask, how are most of them constructed? If they are all seam-seam-seam like the Jane Ellison book I guess I’ll just have to reconfigure the patterns because bleh.

  23. That’s a cool shawl. And the book is perfect timing as I am trying to decide on a sweater for my guy. After 20 years, he says he’ll wear one that I make. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. The shawl is wonderful. I’m looking forward to getting home Sunday night and seeing the blocked photo, too.

    I’ve gotta wonder about the cover photo on the men’s book, too. WHAT is he wearing how? My guy certainly wouldn’t. He also doesn’t wear sweaters, so my handknits for him consist of superwash hats (absolutely necessary to use superwash), and socks. So this isn’t an entry for the book, just wanted to comment.

  25. The shawl looks lovely. And you knit it so fast! And the book looks pretty interesting, too.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Finished Socks! =-.

  26. Lovely shawl! You’re so fast! And i would love to win a copy of this book!
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..A very long-term project =-.

  27. Groan (just following instructions)

    Looks like good fodder for gift knits there.

  28. oooo Pick me pick me oh wondrous random generator!!! This book looks really neat.

    Hi Lucy!


  29. Actually, I love oversized sweaters. The book looks like a winner.

  30. I’d love the book. The last time I knit a sweater for my husband I had trouble finding the right thing.


  31. I’m actually looking for a pattern to knit my husband a sweater. Nothing I’ve seen so far looks like it’s gonna be worth it! That book would be great!

  32. Luv the shawl. I can’t believe how quickly you finished it! Really like the book, too.

  33. I love a good pun – but I love a bad pun more!! And I’d love your copy of the book… I have a hubby and a youngish son – my son’s still so young that he’ll wear anything I make – happily!

  34. Darla Jones says:

    Your shawl is beautiful…I know I’m going to want that pattern!!
    I love a man in a sweater and I have a thing for a guy in a knitted vest under a jacket…so classy looking!!!

  35. Cool book! And I love puns, so the shawl name is perfecto. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Romi´s last blog ..Amazing =-.

  36. Can’t wait to see the official photo of your shawl. One week, wow. I only seem to knit for men so I would love a chance at that book. Sign me up. Shout out to Lucy!

  37. Ooh, a men’s pattern book with sizes that go small enough so I don’t have to resize them to knit them for my partner and me? Excellent!

  38. That’s definitely a groan-worthy name! The book looks like fun, though.
    .-= Word Lily´s last blog ..Booking Through: Recent fluff =-.

  39. This looks like a great book to look for patterns for my son and husband.

  40. Susan (LotusHips) says:

    I’d love a copy of that book! It’s time to knit another “boyfriend” sweater for the same guy (yes, so far the curse has not hit!)

  41. theres something about that tie also…but your shawl more than makes up for those men pictures…beautiful…

  42. Oh, that book looks great! How cool are you to be getting advance copies of such good books? ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Shelley´s last blog ..Heirloom Knitting =-.

  43. What a beautiful book! Too bad about the sizing though. With an inch or two of ease, a 44″ would not fit my spouse, even now that he’s pretty thin ๐Ÿ™
    .-= Sarah TX´s last blog ..National Poetry Month =-.

  44. Marie-france says:

    I’d love to have a copy of that book Wendy. I’m looking forward to seeing the blocked shawl on Sunday.

  45. I can’t wait to see that shawl blocked out!!
    Count me in on the book giveaway! Baggy is a cool look for fashionable young men…. (at least around the colleges)

  46. Linda in OK says:

    I have men to knit for! … and a grandson who eventually be a large size guy to knit for… those patterns look like they have classic staying power.

  47. Ooh, that older gentleman reminds me of John Slattery of “Mad Men.” Yummm. (Oh, and the shawl’s pretty darn yummm too!)

  48. Mary Beth says:

    I love puns!

  49. I’d love to have your review copy, thanks for offering it up. But, eek, more generous sizing would be a plus.

  50. Men’s Knits – YAY! Seeing as how there are four of the creatures in my house, that would be pretty handy! Now to get them to wear wool….grrrr…… and your shawl, of course, is gorgeous, dahhling. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Cindy K´s last blog ..Pffefferminz Ishbel =-.

  51. Looks like some nice patterns in this book. It’s hard to find nice solid patterns for men. I’m thinking about Christmas now so this book might be a big help!

  52. I really really like that oversized cabled sweater – but for me as DH won’t wear pullovers..
    .-= PlainJane´s last blog ..A Meme From Knitnana =-.

  53. That would be great!

    Thanks Wendy [ and Lucy ๐Ÿ™‚ ]
    .-= Beverley´s last blog ..Depression to expression =-.

  54. Yes, please enter my name deary because that looks like a very solid manly-man kind of book! BTW, I’m looking forward to trying one of your patterns next month for SOCKknitters Anonymous!
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..UFO Thursday ~ AT THE END OF THE ROW =-.

  55. Knitforever says:

    I’d love to win your review copy. Looks like they have some nice patterns.

    Also, I’m enjoying your current shawl phase. Very nice!

  56. I have a collection of men’s pattern books, pamphlets, and etc., but always have trouble finding one that my husband likes so please put me in the drawing.

  57. LilChickadee says:

    I am always having a hard time finding patterns when looking to make something for my dad. This sounds like it might have a few things!

  58. The shawl looks quite nice, but the color certainly doesn’t look like mineshaft. How is pearl to knit with? I bought a skein recently but haven’t started working with it.

    My DH probably wouldn’t fit any of the sweaters (and won’t wear anything handmade) but the kid might. I love books of classic styles.

  59. Again with all of these books that are coming out that I want/need. This one looks like it might have some really good stuff in it as well.
    .-= Adam´s last blog ..New cooking blog and sock summit =-.

  60. Thanks to your review, I’d definitely like to try to win it. My husband is just too jealous over everything else I knit. He wants something for him. So this book is purr-fect. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Claudia´s last blog ..Prayers for Kay =-.

  61. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    Your newest shawl is so pretty. I would love to win the men’s sweater book. Thanks Wendy. Kristi

  62. My guy like oversized sweaters-even though I think it is a little strange! The shawl is beautiful-your designs inspire me.

  63. Why does the guy on the cover look like he has heartburn or something? Actually, a couple of the other models look like they’re disgusted with the whole business too. Not a good way to sell the knitting, IMO.

    But your shawl is beautiful!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Why We Don’t Eat at the Table =-.

  64. Love your shawl! Just curious – when you say you finished it in under a week, how much time were you actually spending on it from day to day? (I find that I’m a frustratingly slow knitter…)

    Count me in for your book drawing!
    .-= Pamela´s last blog ..Welcome! =-.

  65. Thanks for the chance.

  66. Wendy,
    Based on where you were at on Sunday morning, I can’t believe you finished the shawl already. It looks great.
    I’ve already downloaded Sandvik and am thrilled to get the pattern. When I get to knit it is another story.

  67. Thanks for posting the info on this books. Looks good.

  68. Great shawl and great book review. And NOTHING wrong with the older guy!

  69. Very nice shawl, I know you keep saying No to a shawl book but….

  70. Molly Johnson says:

    I just love it when I get a look at a book before I buy it! Thanks!

  71. OMG I have spent the last 2 days on line searching for a mens bulky nsweater pattern. This looks like a winner for sure.

  72. well maybe witht his book I could actually get my DH to wear something knitted ๐Ÿ˜‰

  73. Love the new shawl – I’m nearly finished with the Exonumist Shawl, doing it in white bamboo. Lovely! Thanks for the chance to win the men’s sweater book – it looks great!

  74. kelly-ann says:

    Looks like an interesting book – I have several men in the family who love for me to win a copy ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. I love the new shawl and fully understand the love of DK after a looooong laceweight project.

    My husband is looking for a sweater for Christmas and I see some possibilities in the book!

  76. Robin Diebold says:

    Wendy I would love the book. My 19 year old son wants a hand knit sweater. I am sure I could knit one that fit better than the oversized one! LOL
    Love the latest shawl. Can’t wait to see the grey one blocked as well.

  77. I’m considering making a sweater for my dad for Christmas. Those look like some great possibilities.

  78. Pretty shawl…I can’t wait to see it blocked.

    I’d love the men’s knit book. I’ve never made anything other than a hat for my husband or son.

  79. Wow, looks cool.

  80. zither882003 says:

    It’s been a while since I knit something for my husband. Maybe the book will inspire me to start something…..

  81. karrol nicoletto says:

    I love LUCY…. WHO gets to care for her when you are gone??? She looks so independant and carefree.,gotta love that cat.

  82. Book looks great since my guys are all in the 40-44 range. But what I really like is the shawl. Oh, and the oversized sweater made to fit would be a huge hit. Thanks.

  83. Love the shawls you’ve knit lately.

    The book looks really interesting.

  84. Raye (mother of the other Jan. 2 Wendy) says:

    My son is always looking for sweaters for me to knit for when he goes fishing (not acrylic either). He always picks out the most complex patterns too, as hye knows where my library is. Alas, what can I do…my baby wants and I comply! Phew…another excuse to knit for him. All men’s patterns are welcome ’cause there are not lots of them, especially the basics.

  85. I agree with Mary YB, older guy is hot eye candy. I’m only in my 30’s but tend to like the more mature looking gentlemen! LOL

    Would love to be able to sift through the book and finally make a sweater for my hubby who is a sports writer but shys away from the preppier sweater look. his tv debut is next Friday! Can I make a sweater in a week? Probably not. But maybe I can have one ready for his games in October…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your shawls are beautiful. I’m waiting for the “new shawl book” post…..


  86. My hubby sure would like me to win this book!
    .-= Darlene´s last blog ..LIFE IS GREAT!!! =-.

  87. Those sweaters look mighty cute, and my boy wears sweaters.

  88. The new shawl is lovely!

  89. I think my husband is feeling left out because I haven’t knit him anything yet. This book looks like it might have some interesting patterns.

  90. Kathy Sue says:

    Love both shawls, am totally taken with the idea of DK weight. Even better than fingering. And Probably warmer. I have 2 brothers and 5 nephews–bet I could make good use of the pattern book. thanks.

  91. Hmm, the hat on the young and cute guy looks like a hat my b/f owns… he’s young and cute too; maybe its all to do with the hat! ;o)
    .-= gecko´s last blog ..Nearly a year?! How did that happen?! =-.

  92. I’m always on the lookout for new guy sweaters that are plain. Hubby is a pill when it comes to patterns and colors. Several nice ones there…and I can’t wait to see the new shawl ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Stepford Mom´s last blog ..Owie =-.

  93. Carol in NM says:

    My cat Cleo sends her love to Lucy (first things first). I love the shawl pattern.

  94. I would love a chance to win the book!

  95. I would love a book!

  96. The shawl is great.

  97. That’s odd, is it the same model in both strangely-sized-clothing instances? o_0 the sizing definitely does look a bit wonky.

    I’ve yet to brave knitting a sweater, since I’m still relatively new to knitting, but I would certainly love to try and win that book ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m kind of a guy-sweater gal myself, so who says the sweaters would need to be made for *men* ๐Ÿ˜‰

  98. Love the new shawl, and would love to win the book to give to my daughter!

  99. I think my ratio of men’s knitting books to women’s knitting books needs some improvement. This would be a welcome addition.

    And the shawl? Just lovely.
    .-= Siew´s last blog ..Hide N Seek Woodland Frock GIVEAWAY!!!! =-.

  100. Put me in the running for the book…I’m due to knit something for my husband!