My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland SpindriftΒ  on a US 3 needle

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. Cathy Smith says:

    I’d love your copy; thank you.

  2. I love the look of he sweaters in that book. Please add my name to your list for the drawing.

    BTW – loved your shawl, too. And done in a week – amazing!

  3. The shawl is lovely. I’m looking forward to the pattern. And with all the recent serious news in the world, a name with a pun is just the purrr-fect prescription!! πŸ˜‰

    The book looks interesting, and the sizes seem great for a couple of young men I know.

    Thanks for the contest!
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..Beyond knitting instructions: you did WHAT with your knitting needle? =-.

  4. Your shawl looks lovely and I’d love a copy of the man book.

  5. Oh oh! Pick me, pick ME!!! My husband might even wear some of those…

  6. wow my finger got tired scrolling down through all the comments

  7. I think that skinny guy needs better fitting clothes, but I’m not sure there’s anything wrong with the sweater in general, let’s face it, who’s that boney????

  8. OOohh I would like to see it!!

  9. Your new shawl looks super warm!
    Would love to enter the drawing too! (first of your drawings that I have entered!)
    Thanks for offering the book up to whomever!
    .-= Susan Mohr Krupke´s last blog ..high dynamic range. =-.

  10. That looks like a great book!
    .-= Rebecca Green´s last blog ..Sock Summit Stashed Skeins =-.

  11. Some really nice basic sweaters in there! And the models are lovely πŸ™‚ But I have to admit that I like the oversized sweater – and I’m pretty sure I know a guy who would wear it!

  12. I’d love to have your review copy, because I always like the designs in Erika Knight’s books, and because I knit for a man a lot!

  13. Elizabeth C. says:

    My boyfriend and brother would both be thrilled if I won this book πŸ™‚

  14. I would love the book; maybe there’s a sweater the jakers would actually wear.

  15. beautiful shawl!

  16. I would love to have a copy of that book. I have two boys, young men really, that need some new sweaters.

  17. The men’s sweater pattern book looks fab. Loving that shawl too.
    .-= Celeritas´s last blog ..No hole Monkey or No Yarn Over Monkey =-.

  18. Me, me – gotta knit something nice & boring (I’m sorry classic) for the DH.

  19. Susan Scott says:

    I have a great XXL hubby who would love a warm sweater for fall/winter!

  20. Actually I’d be knitting for a smaller circumferenced guy…so this book really interests me. I had to giggle when you stated their xxl was 44…Maybe the sweaters are meant to stretch over burly man chests…or something :).
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..If I Were Stuck on a Desert Island… =-.

  21. That looks like a great book! I’d love to be in the running for it.
    .-= Jenny´s last blog ..Barbie Deck =-.

  22. My sweetie (and a new knitter!!!) would like this book (well and so would I!)
    .-= mary´s last blog ..Speedy and Stuff =-.

  23. Man, us commenters sure come out of the woodwork when you give something away don’t we? Have a good weekend!

  24. oh–I would love to win a copy of the book! And Ii am loving the new shawl as well! Have fun reading your galleys this weekend!
    The kitties all say to tell you hello!

  25. Nice book. I’m in,

  26. Julia in KW says:

    I knit for a couple of men – my son is one and he would love all those sweaters (just one day he did a complete turn around and wanted me to knit, knit, knit for him – if only he would buy, buy, buy the yarn, too!)

  27. I live in man world…married with four adult sons…even the dog and cat are males. I could really use this book.

  28. OK-The guys look good, but why is the only guy smiling the one in the over-sized sweater? Were all the other guys’ sweaters too tight or itchy? Anyway, I’m so over the new non-smile model look! Show some pearly whites!

  29. Well, a mens knits book is always a nice thing to acquire!

  30. Michelle Pierce says:

    I would love this book. I was planning on knitting my first men’s sweater for my dad this year and this book would be the place to start.

  31. Debra in NC says:

    I would love to see this book. I’ve been working on knitting a sweater for my dh for almost 2 years now………I’ve named it “The neverending sea of blue” because, well, it’s blue, and it just seems to go on forever! (Yeap, I’m a very slow knitter.)

  32. I’d love that book. I only have sock books and a toy book, plus stitch n bitch. Not many patterns for men.
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Still Here, Still Knitting =-.

  33. I love your new shawl! I’m a big fan of lace knit out of heavier weight yarn πŸ™‚ I’d love your review copy of the men’s book- I’m always looking for different things to make for my husband πŸ™‚

  34. what a lovely book…something simple. How novel. Would love that cardigan for myself.

  35. I like the older guy too. Jaguar/cougar I am not.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..On the go =-.

  36. Please include me! (and give a little pet to Lucy for me)

  37. I love your work and your patterns. You inspire me! Would take really good care of your book, should I win! How did you learn to knit so fast??????

  38. Please enter me!

  39. Oooh, I’d love that book! I need to make my fella a sweater soon- he’s been asking for one! πŸ™‚
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..More baby stuff! =-.

  40. Thanks Wendy! My husband is due for a new sweater!

  41. Another lovely shawl you are truly amazing! please enter me in the draw, I have a couple of guys to knit for. thanks

  42. Thanks Wendy! With 3 sons and a husband, I feel obligated to try!

  43. Patricia Martini says:

    Glad so see some many men’s patterns in one place!

  44. Sarah Warburton says:

    My Dad always appreciates a nice handknit…and luckily, so does my FIL.

  45. Alexandra Daniels says:

    me. PLEASE

  46. I love all of your patterns Wendy! I am now a socks from the toe up addict! I would love to do something for my hubby! Wish me luck! God bless!

  47. What does it say about me if I find the older man more attractive than the young stud? Hmmmm. It’s time I made something for my husband. He never has asked for anything, but a couple of those sweaters look like his style.

  48. What a lovely shawl! πŸ™‚ I just started shawl knitting myself and this seems right up my alley. I also have to say I would LOVE a copy of that book! I have several male friends who always want me to knit them something but finding good patterns for guys can be difficult! Thanks for sharing it with us!
    .-= Shana´s last blog ..hurray beret! =-.

  49. The shawl is lovely. Please put my name in the hat for the book. Maybe the perfect sweater or vest is contained within that will suit my husband! Thanks.

  50. Looks like a good book.
    .-= May´s last blog ..Yippee, a Cross-stitch finish =-.

  51. Oh, me, please!
    .-= Suzanne (Yarnhog)´s last blog ..Two Down, Six to Go =-.

  52. I see a few there I would make πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. Nice looking book! Thanks for the contest

  54. Love the shawl – love Lucy – can always use a knitting book!

  55. Sure I’ll try.
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Why is it… =-.

  56. I would love a copy of that book! Maybe I’ll finally be able to find a sweater pattern that will result in a FO my husband will actually *wear*… Thanks for being so generous!

  57. me me me me me me me me : )

  58. I’d love to get a copy to this book!

  59. Groooooooaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnn! Will you be publishing this shawl’s pattern, too? Please? And also, please enter me in the book drawing. TIA

  60. I haven’t knit something for DH in awhile either. It’s always a big project, because, he’s, well, a big guy.
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..Summer’s Here! =-.

  61. Great eye candy! Oh, yeah the sweaters are cute too!

  62. Hiya! I’d love to have a look at that book…

    Are you going to make the Faro-Easy pattern available? I’d love to understand the construction of these shawls without having to deal with miles and miles of fussy lace at the same time. Please do consider it… for the good cause of my personal knitting enlightenment.

    Are Lucy’s eyes really that pretty? She sure is a beautiful animal. BTW here’s a link to my favorite LOLcat in a long tme… just thought I’d share:

    Have a good night!
    .-= TrishD in MD´s last blog ..But I Already Know How… =-.

  63. Love your new shawl!!! As usual, it’s great! I also love that book!! I have 2 or 3 guys in my life that would definitely wear a hand knit sweater!!
    Have a great weekend!!
    .-= Shama D´s last blog ..Weight Loss and Knitting =-.

  64. It only took you a week but you ALWAYS knit quickly! Have you broken up with socks? There have been a lot of gorgeous shawls as of late.

  65. Thanks for the book review, Wendy! By the way, I love punny names and labels — love the new shawl.

  66. I’d love a chance at the book. I’m always on the look out for good looking knits that my husband would be willing to wear, and that looks like it might be his cup of tea.

  67. GROAN!! (snort)

    My husband, father and brother are all in that narrow size range, so I’d like to put my name in the hat. Yes, interesting design choices on the book. But the designs look pretty straightforward themselves, and very nice.
    .-= Cathy-Cate´s last blog ..Serenity Eye Candy Friday from Camp =-.

  68. My DH has a 50″ chest, which kinda sucks when it comes to making sweaters for him.

    Nice job on the shawl!
    .-= biomaj5´s last blog ..Lesson learned =-.

  69. Sally Booker says:

    Just stumbled across your blog and love it, would love a copy of the book. Keep writing and knitting!

  70. My husband would love something from this book! Thank you for the opportunity, Wendy. πŸ™‚

  71. I’d love to recieve that book. Maybe my dear husband would finally see a pattern that he’d like me to knit for him. I want to make him something, but so far he hasn’t been able to decide on neither pattern nor yarn… His head will remain cold until he makes up his mind, but maybe we’ll find a sweater in there instead.

  72. I love the shawl!

    And the book would be awesome. ^_^
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Secret Garden Shawl =-.

  73. Are you ever going to knit socks again? πŸ˜‰ You shawls are beautiful, and the latest is no exception.
    I think my husband would fit right into that set of sizes, so I’ll cross my fingers πŸ˜‰
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Sock-O-Meter II =-.

  74. “Faro-Easy”? Bwahaha!

    I’d love that book! (Lots of growing boys — teens? — to knit for! Looks like at least a good resourse book, if not great details!)

    .-= bella´s last blog ..cell phones =-.

  75. Celestine Getty says:

    I love your new shawl and can not wait for the Faro-Easy Pattern to comeout. But since I am making shawls as Christmas presents, my husband would love if I received the MAN book. He is afraid he is getting a shawl for Christmas too.

  76. I’d love to be in the drawing! I’ve been dying to knit my boyfriend a sweater.. I don’t believe in the curse. πŸ˜‰
    .-= Trine´s last blog ..Recent favourites =-.

  77. This is not a comment for the book-I’ll pass on that. But the Faro-Easy looks like something I could try. All that stockinette to balance out the fancy makes it look like a finishable project. I get intimidated by too much of lace or cables.

  78. I’d love to be in the drawing. My hubby is on the slender side, so I’d be all set πŸ™‚
    .-= Carola´s last blog ..The brighter yarn =-.

  79. Love the shawl! Really love the book!! The first piece I knit was an extremely wonky scarf with dropped stitches galore and uneven edges. I gave it to my husband. I also knit him a bath mitt. Poor guy has never gotten anything really good out of my knitting obsession! I would love the book and I promise I would finally make him a nice sweater.

  80. Your new shawl is beautiful. I would love to make my husband a few things from the book of men’s knits.

  81. Susan Sanders says:

    Nice to have a “Man’s” sweater/accessory book! Especially liked the “older” man!!

  82. oooh! Yummy shawl and sweaters for men! If I’m knitting a gift it’s usually for a man… and really it’s a little harder to find the patterns for it. (Not to mention the fact that the menfolk I’m knitting for are usually picky picky picky!)

  83. some great publishing ideas there! also…the guy trying to look like Tiger Woods has his shoulders hunched forward…I think it adds to the confusion about how the sweater actually fits…too bad…the sweater design itself may have possibilities…love to win a copy…DH is on a weight loss campaign and is almost down to the xxl size…

  84. That looks like a book I would like.
    .-= Sewbeads´s last blog ..8.11.09 =-.

  85. CATHY CHESNUT says:

    Nice to see the patterns returning to the classics. Would love to own this book, but that is true of all knitting books.

    The easy shawl is lovely and will make a great gift.

  86. Kathleen Seltenhofer says:

    I think fashion is going to the larger clothes after the very small tight of the last few years. The older guy was sort of cute!

  87. I love all of your shawls and would be thrilled to win the book! Most of all, I love reading your blog – you must have more than 24 hours in your day!!

  88. I agree with you about the sizing. What they’ve done is really go size by size (2″between sizes) S=36″ M= 38″ L=40″ XL=42″ XXL=44″ Really S-M-L should be jumping 2 sizes so it should be more like S=36″ M=40″ L=44″ XL=48″ XXL=52″. 2 or 3 inches between sizes is normal for S-M-L in Ladies wear
    You’re right about that back cover photo too (unless those are some designers idea of Jodhpurs he’s wearing). I think that cardigan is meant to be hiked up and worn bloused.

  89. OMG I’m a guy and I love everything that I have seen from this book! Please, please, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    .-= Steven´s last blog ..Sediment Scarf =-.

  90. Dee (MeezieMom) says:

    Yes, please! I would love that book.

  91. Barbara Stern says:

    My friend just bought this book. It’s a winner, mostly because it has a number of cardigans, which most knitting books for guys lack. I’d love a copy.
    Love the cat! I don’t know how you keep Lucy from chewing on your WIP.

  92. i have two sons that i’d love to knit one of those sweaters for.

  93. Anne Broussard says:

    The shawl is beautiful.
    I’m interested in the book even though it has flaws. There just aren’t many good books of men’s designs.

  94. Thank you for asking! Enjoy the day!
    .-= Sharilyn´s last blog ..Summer Randomness =-.

  95. Pretty shawl! And I have a man to knit a sloppy oversized sweater for! (= Thanks for the chance.
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Back to School =-.

  96. I’d love a copy of this book!

  97. A contest sure brings our the comment-lurkers! The shawl is a beauty-fun name!
    .-= Cindy in FL´s last blog ..Arches of Triumph! =-.

  98. Karen S. in DC says:

    I love your shawl kick!

  99. Your new shawl is gorgeous – but then again they ALL are – and so are your socks and everything else you knit.

    Glad they chose beautiful faces and bods to go with the beautiful sweaters in te book – can’t wait to get my hands on a copy but will wait to hear the results of the drawing!

  100. OH Pick me pick me! My guy would love this! and to be honesty the one on the back really is his style XD
    .-= Huntley´s last blog ..Something new =-.