My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,byย Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock,ย using 3.25mm and 3.5mm 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. I don’t have any Men’s knitting books. Wonder if Hubby would wear one of these? Thanks for the chance to win it!!

  2. Robin Conner says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. Can’t decide if I’m more excited to look at the models or the knits. Ahhhh, who am I kidding, the KNITS.

  3. I’m interested in the book. Totally agree on the too big sweaters on models.

  4. I’d be more than happy to take your review copy! I have a plethora of men folk to knit for, so I’m always on the look out for new sweaters.

  5. I’d love a copy! I even have a man within those size ranges who loves sweaters!

  6. Would LOVE to knit something for my husband. (Your shawl is beautiful!)

  7. Thanks for the contest!

  8. Love the new shawl. You’ve inspired me. I’m going to try a Girasole in worsted this fall sometime.

    And I am always interested in a new pattern book for men. But you are correct, sometimes the patterns don’t really work *for* men.

  9. PICAdrienne says:

    I really like that shawl. Very lovely.

    Please put me in the running for the book, but the size range, for men, is a bit scary. My 12 year old would not fit the smallest size, but is still in the range. By the time he actually qualifies as a man, I don’t think he will fit in the size range.

  10. I love your books and your blog!
    Rebecca ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Sure, I’d love a copy. Always a man around that I can knit for…
    Love your “Faro-Easy” shawl!!!

  12. Oooo. Men’s sweaters, what a novel idea for a book. I’m sure my husband would like something out of it.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Ahhh, vacation =-.

  13. Oooh I’d love to sign up to win this book but ill wait until Aug. 30th since its my B-day, so ill try my luck then ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. Yvonne in southwest Virginia says:

    Oh, I see several things my wonderful son-in-law would love!

    Fingers crossed…

  15. Shelley Hermanson says:

    Hi Wendy,

    Here is a public comment, stating once again how much fun it was to hang out with you in MN at Karen Rumpza’s house that rainy night three weeks ago. Sorry for procrastinating about writing.

    Here’s hoping you come back to MN again soooooooooon.

    Please scratch Miss Lucy for me.


  16. My hubby might actually wear some of those items… intriguing.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Weekend Plans =-.

  17. Ooh, nice, nice, that one’s nice, and that one, and that one…

    …oh, and the sweaters in the book are pretty nice, too.
    .-= Hissy Stitch´s last blog ..Happy belated Blogiversary to meee… and winners! =-.

  18. Hey there. I would love to have a copy of that book. I just picked up some alpaca yarn at the Wisconsin State Fair (which my husband actually liked) and I told him I’d make him a scarf with it. It’s absolutely warm, soft and wonderful. I’m guessing the book is from the UK or Europe – where, let’s face it, they are a bit smaller than we are : ) Thanks for the opportunity…..

    btw = love the shawl!

  19. mary in cincinnati says:

    I agree completely with the comment that most guys would not wear an oversize sweater. I am always looking, though, for the ” perfect” v-neck vest.

  20. Thanks, Wendy.

  21. Looks like a nice book.

  22. You know you want to give it to me and yarn boy ๐Ÿ˜‰
    .-= Logan´s last blog ..College is beneficial =-.

  23. Please put me in the lottery for the book! (And tell Lucy that she’s deliciously photogenic… I always want to kiss the photo of her)
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..MIA? =-.

  24. OOh – I need to start knitting a sweater for my hubby! This would be perfect!

  25. It would be a great book to own. Thanks.

  26. This book looks just like what I have been looking for!

  27. I would love to try some of those patterns!

  28. Thanks for the sneak peek – it looks like a great book. I love your latest shawl. I am amazed at hoe prolific you are with your knitting. Do you ever sleep? ;o)

  29. Found your blog after reading B Bretton’s Casting Spells. Love your patterns

  30. ROFL I thought that model was shrugging! Holy Cow! That IS big. My guys wouldn’t wear that…on the other hand isome of my guy would fill it out nicely.

    I’m still working on the same sock as last week. ๐Ÿ™ A whole shawl!! You put me to shame. Must work at only putting in 40 hrs this week. Gorgeous, Wendy!

  31. I would love to knit something from this book for my husband. Finding good patterns for men is really difficult sometimes.
    .-= Joy´s last blog ..A summer of fun! =-.

  32. margieinmaryland says:

    Wendy, I just read your sock book. I really enjoyed the patterns, diagrams, photos. I especially like the detailed line drawings – a class act!

  33. since all my attempt to knit my man (that really sounds funny, “my man”, humm) things seem to go ary, maybe it’s time to get a book dedicated to knitting for them?
    .-= ikisti´s last blog ..going to do it. =-.

  34. Margaret Robinson says:

    Oh, yes! My DH would love a couple of those sweaters. But I’m interested in the shawl pattern.

  35. Gail Lucille says:

    comment, comment>>> would love a chance to win your book.
    Thanks…………. Gail Lucille.

  36. Ooooo me please! In desperation to find knitting for a man!
    .-= Pinkadele´s last blog ..Poor Bloggy =-.

  37. with 3 males in the house and only knitting for me-female, there is room and use for this book !!

  38. Even with the sizing issues, the book looks like a great one for basic men’s stuff. And that is hard to find. I’d love to have that book, too. Count me in.
    .-= Donna´s last blog ..FO#38 (2007) … #77 Regia 5268 =-.

  39. Pretty shawl! Throw me in the hat for the book, please. Boy patterns would be useful.

  40. Wow! What a great shawl! I’d love to win the book.

  41. I’d love the copy!
    .-= Katie J´s last blog ..The Play’s the Thing =-.

  42. After a long hiatus, my twenty-something sons are starting to ask for handknits once again – this book would be a great resource!
    .-= Penelope´s last blog ..The Incredible Morphing Sock =-.

  43. Please include me for the book… Hubby only has the one knit from me, and that is a scarf done nineteen years ago. He needs something more updated, I think! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  44. Cute guys and knitting? I’m in! BTW I had a smile with my groan, very nice shawl.

  45. Grammynan says:

    Erika Knight!! Who could resist? Thanks for the opportunity.

  46. It’s embarrassing that I’ve NEVER knit a sweater for my husband. Help! This book looks like it might solve that problem. Thanks, Wendy, for offering it up!

  47. I need to knit something for my husband (or finish a UFO or two) to balance all of your socks that I’ve been knitting for myself….. put me in the drawing, with thanks!

  48. I’m still amazed at how quickly you finished it!!
    .-= Muriel´s last blog ..Another Obsession =-.

  49. Elizabeth H. says:

    Oh, me, me, me! My hubby lives in sweaters, I’m always in search of new patterns.

  50. I would absolutely love to win the book…I always need new classics for the menfolk!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..This is dedicated to the ones I loveโ€ฆ =-.

  51. memememememe -thanks!
    .-= margaret´s last blog ..Out of the Closet … =-.

  52. I’d love the guy sweater book. I have hubby and sons here, not a girl in sight (except me.)

  53. Executive Knitter says:

    My husband does like his knits that loose. I hate it and it makes for ENDLESS knitting, but what can you do.

  54. lostpenny says:

    I love the shawl! The book looks interesting.

  55. MMMMMmmmmmmm. Attractive men in beautiful knit garments. Now all I need is a mug of hot chocolate and a big knit blanket…
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Russell’s first Haircut =-.

  56. Susan Deeter Murphy says:

    This book would fit so well into a shelf containing books of classic patterns. I can already see it right there on my shelf. Thanks for making the offer.

  57. I’m always looking for good sweater patterns for my DH. Thanks for the review!
    .-= Becky´s last blog ..A Flower for Emma =-.

  58. HAEdwards says:

    Add me to the list of book ppl
    .-= HAEdwards´s last blog ..Something new =-.

  59. I love your blog. I’m mostly a lurker. But I come out to make comments when you offer free prizes!

  60. I’m always knitting for my husband, so I would LOVE that book. And, get this, HE LIKES it that I knit for him. Whew.
    .-= Ivy Mae´s last blog ..HE’S HERE! =-.

  61. Thanks, Wendy. Being the mother of sons, there’s bound to be a guy of the appropriate size somewhere in the family!

  62. Older guy looks good to me too!
    I would love a copy of the book. And imagine that my guy would love for me to have a copy too!

  63. Kathi Fura says:

    I love the shawl – think I may even need to get some DK –

    Also love the book – haven’t knit my hubby a sweater in years this could inspire me – so please put me in the random generator’s cue…thanks

  64. I’d like to date a few of those guys!
    Good review
    .-= vicki´s last blog ..Featured Etsy Seller =-.

  65. I have the perfect spot on my bookcase for that book, that is, right after I make most everything in it!!!!

  66. kristy phipps says:

    Lovely shawl, looks like something I could possible do. Love to have a book that has patterns for my guys.

  67. I just started my husband’s first pair of handknit socks. He’s a big boy — a sweater would take a LOT of yarn.

    I would love a chance in the drawing. Thank you!
    .-= Laiane´s last blog ..Norovirus 2.0 =-.

  68. Those are pretty nice! I’d love to be entered, please.
    .-= Jena (the yarn harpy)´s last blog ..Pink Auctions 2009 =-.

  69. Thank you for the drawing!

    BTW… love shawl!
    .-= Suzy´s last blog ..A Tough Cookie has been Conquered! =-.

  70. hmm – I’m always looking for guy’s sweater patterns! I’ve got 3 guys with 3 very different styles, now that’s a challenge! So, pick me, pick me!

  71. Love the shawls!! Put me in for the book and thanks for the photos of Lucy-I always love seeing them.

  72. Wow a beautiful shawl in just a week impossible!

  73. Faro-Easy Shawl? Okay, I won’t comment on that! But the shawl is indeed nice.
    Oooh the book looks interesting.
    .-= Jocelyn´s last blog ..Once in a Blue Moon =-.

  74. I think I need that book in order to find something my boring boyfriend would like for Christmas. Obly 4 months left for Christmas Knitting!!!! *proceeds to panic*
    .-= Pandorasslave´s last blog ..Ahem =-.

  75. Please put my name in the hat! Would love to have the book.

  76. Ok. Please put my name in the hat! I’d love to try my luck on my b-day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Elly, phoenix AZ

  77. I can’t wait either, Lucy!
    thanks for the chance to win the book.

  78. Jane NanaJane says:

    I had the pleasure of chatting to Erika Knight at last year’s Knitting and Stitching show. I would love a copy of this book for all the men in my life!

  79. Oh cool an easy Faroese pattern! I want one of those!

    Put my name in the hat for the Men’s Knits pattern book. I have a man I can knit those for. I’d be happy to review it.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Finished! What Next? =-.

  80. I am a guy who knits and would love the book.
    The shawl is really nice!

  81. I would love to win the book! Thanks!

  82. I would love this book! More patterns for my fussy husband to choose from.

    Love your website, I check in all the time.
    .-= Robinjay´s last blog ..Old bags, Part One =-.

  83. I would love a copy of this book.

  84. Ann Otlewski says:

    My life is full of men who need sweaters! Three sons and a husband all living in northern climates! I’d love a copy of this book.

    I still miss my Himalayan son and really enjoy seeing your Lucy!


  85. I would love to gifted your copy of this book. Thanks

  86. Love the shawl, love the socks, love the book, love EVERYTHING!!

  87. I would love to add this book to my collection!

  88. OH! Fifteen minutes under the bell!! and… HEY! One of those models looks like my husband…. Yeah. That’s it. Then I woke up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  89. I like the designs – it’s nice that they are pictured in the neutrals that guys prefer.
    .-= Turtleknits´s last blog ..Daisy; or, In Which I Run Out Of Green Wool =-.

  90. I’m in ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Helene´s last blog ..Fornyelse =-.