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Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 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. Ooo! Me! Me! I’d LOVE this! Um, please. šŸ™‚

  2. This book looks absolutely perfect for both me and my guy! I will need to get a copy either way. Thanks so much for the great review!

  3. As much as I’d like to knit a fisherman’s sweater or a Nordic design sweater for my husband I think this book is just the thing he’d really like.

  4. I love men’s sweaters. I like the colors and the style better the women’s sweaters. The whole idea of a sweater that can be modified to fit me is mind blowing. I would really like to get my hands on this book.

  5. Janet White says:

    I have never knitted a sweater. Winning this book could inspire me!!

  6. This is definitely something I’d be interested in – for both me and my spouse. I’m constantly stealing her big, comfy sweaters.

  7. This looks awesome – even if I’d be tempted to knit matching sweaters. šŸ˜‰

  8. My hubster always complains that I’ve not knit him a sweater yet. This would be a great way to get me going on one!

  9. I’ve been thinking about making myself a boxy sweater. These patterns would probably be perfect! Thanks so much for such an awesome give-away.
    MichelleĀ“s last blog post ..WIP Wed: Comfort Hat

  10. Good golly Miss Molly, I have been “eyeing” this very book for a while now! I try to keep up with Potter Craft, as they often have wonderful titles coming out. This is just the latest example of a fine publishing house at work.
    As to Miss Lucy, her other favorite activity is sleeping — as it is with all felines!
    CeltChickĀ“s last blog post ..Picture Time — check yer cowlick, honey

  11. Love the classic styles!

  12. You’re sweater’s also coming along nicely!

    That book looks great, though I don’t think I’d actually make any of them for my boyfriend (he barely wears sweaters at all, even in a New England winter). Some of them sound nice for me though!
    JessicaĀ“s last blog post ..Happy Hannukah!

  13. Oh cool! I’ve been considering this book for a while and if I don’t win a copy, I will definitely go buy one. Thanks for your generosity!
    eboniĀ“s last blog post ..Playing catch-up

  14. With 3 men in my life, this would be a perfect book.

  15. savannagal says:

    I keep warning my husband that I’m going to make a sweater for him some day. Perfect opportunity.

  16. My boyfriend has so far refused to allow me to knit him a sweater, but these patterns might convince him…hopefully.

  17. I need this book, especially if it has sizes up to 62″ because my hubby is nearly there! I hope I win a copy but if not it will be added to my list of must buys šŸ˜€
    Sarah O GĀ“s last blog post ..Where have I been…

  18. I would love to have this book! I’m planning on knitting more sweaters this coming year.
    PatĀ“s last blog post ..Episode 19 Holiday Season

  19. Ooo, I would love to win!

  20. I love sweaters and this book sounds like one that I need to have. šŸ™‚
    Nancy PietraszekĀ“s last blog post ..Bob’s Socks

  21. Barbara Brown says:

    Sounds like a good resource to have.

  22. The plain classic sweater is the only kind my husband would ever wear.

  23. I love to wear these sorts of sweaters–although they are boring as hell to knit. Maybe now’s the time.

  24. This looks like a great book. Pick me! Pick me!

  25. Now that is a book I would love to have in my library!

  26. My husband does not wear anything with long sleeves, and he thinks vests are things used to keep you floating, so I’ve never knitted a sweater-like thing for him, but I do tend to wear less frilly/ornate clothes, so I’d probably get a lot of use out of the book for me. Thanks for having a giveaway of it!

  27. I would love the book so thanks for the chance to win it!

  28. I’d love to win this book! I really like classic sweater styles so this would be perfect for me.

  29. I’d definitely love to win this! I may even purchase it if I don’t win the drawing, it looks like a good one. And it will help my second attempt at a sweater for my boyfriend to NOT be an utter failure like the first was. ;P
    SavaĀ“s last blog post ..Check, check, check.

  30. Please enter me into the drawing for the sweater book.

  31. This looks like a great book to have in my library!
    PattyĀ“s last blog post ..Short and Sweet…

  32. I need this book, I have a houseful of guys here.
    MaggieĀ“s last blog post ..WIP Wednesday

  33. Lucy looks so cozy and content.

  34. This would be perfect for my husband. I’ve been search for plain sweaters for him, but not poke me in the eye boring.

  35. This would be perfect, my hubby is still my boyfriend and he loves me to knit for him!

  36. ohhh – that’d be a nice addition to my bookshelf. Sure hope I’ll win.

    scritches to Lucy please.

  37. Pretty please??? šŸ™‚

    Love your blog!

  38. I admit, the “that you’ll want to wear” made me wonder. But, classic styles that you think real men would wear is a good endorsement. I wouldn’t mind being picked randomly for this book.

  39. Most of the time I like mens sweaters more than womens so I would really like to have a coppy of this book.

  40. This has been on my Amazon wish list for some time. His previous book, Knits Men Want, is pretty darn near perfect, so I was excited to see a sequel.

    AND, Jared Flood is doing the photography again (IMHO, one of the very best for knitting photography).

    PS: Your sweater is looking really great.
    JamieĀ“s last blog post ..The Toggle Switch in my Knitter’s Brain

  41. I want this, please!

  42. I would love the chance to knit things from this book! Especially now that my boyfriend has become my fiancĆ© and is theoretically a little safer to knit for…

  43. Amanda Rae says:

    Looks comfortable!

  44. Peggy Latham says:

    It is so kind of you to offer us the opportunity to win it. I would love a copy!!!

  45. I’d love a copy of this. Jumpers a man will actually want to wear (and that I would be happy to knit!) are somewhat thin on the ground!

    Really love the blog. šŸ™‚

  46. Oh I am loving this book…I have already noted 3 sweaters I love.

  47. This looks awesome!

  48. I’d love a copy of that book. I keep wanting to jump into sweaters and this would be the perfect diving board.

    The sweater you’re working on is coming along wonderfully. šŸ™‚
    Shadow ByrdĀ“s last blog post ..WIP Wednesday: Bridging the Gap

  49. Love the idea for the book! I was trying to find one a little bit ago to knit for the other half but just wasn’t finding anything that looked both interesting to knit and he’d still wear. Some of these might fit the bill though!

  50. me please?

  51. elizabeth wilkerson says:

    Loving classics as I do, I’d be thrilled to win!

  52. I, too, love the classic designs in that book!

  53. Don’t know why I bother, I’ve not won anything in my entire life. Here is hoping this is the one I am destined to win. lol

  54. As a male knitter, I’m always wanting good patterns for men. This book looks full of them!
    geraldĀ“s last blog post ..RIP my first UFO sweater

  55. I’d love this book. I’ve thought of designing my husband a sweater, but this would make it a lot easier.

  56. I’ve heard only good things about this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  57. I am tired of knitting small things – maybe time for another sweater. Looks like a good book.
    JenniferĀ“s last blog post ..November Free-Motion Quilting Challenge

  58. Looks like some good sweaters for my 2 sons!

  59. Classic is definitely down my alley!

  60. Looks like some great sweaters in there.

  61. Hard to find realistic patterns for men, looks like some great patterns.
    LaurenĀ“s last blog post ..My lucky day?

  62. Just made an Aran sweater for my grown son. I’m sure he’d find some other things he’d love in this book. Thanks for the offer!

  63. I would love this book for my “boyfriends”: my husband and 3 sons.
    f1bercatĀ“s last blog post ..2012AdventCalendarScarf Day 11

  64. Oooh pick me pick me!

  65. I would love this book. My favorite things to knit are…. sweaters!

  66. I love books with classic patterns in them.

  67. This book looks great!

  68. Wow, some great classic patterns. There are several I would love to knit. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  69. Love a classic sweater book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  70. I would love to have this book. I love the classic look

  71. While I don’t have a boyfriend to knit for, I do have a father, a step-father, and two brothers that I know would love to receive some handknit sweaters.

  72. Lynda Hitt says:

    I love the classic sweater much more than some of the trendy stuff that’s out there now. I would love to win your copy of it.

    Love your sweater lots!


  73. Oh, yeah, I’d like that book! Maybe one of my sons could (finally) find something I could knit for them.
    kmkatĀ“s last blog post ..Why, yes, we DID get some snow.

  74. Looks like a great book. I would love a chance to win it.

  75. I’d love it; it’s always difficult to find good, classic sweater patterns in a good range of sizes!

  76. Lurker here says “me want!” Thanks, Wendy for a great blog.

  77. Freya in Californeya says:

    That looks like an awesome book! I would love a copy.

  78. Men’s Patterns! Yay! I want more men’s patterns!

  79. I tried knitting my husband a sweater, but it didn’t turn out like I’d hoped. This book would be great. I could finally make him a sweater that he’ll actually wear. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  80. Always looking for good men’s patterns! And no worries about a boyfriend curse. Now a husband curse…

  81. Thank you so much Wendy for the give away! These patterns are so perfect as I have 4 grown sons! It would keep me busy for years to come!

  82. Oh yes, this is an awesome looking book! Thanks for the chance at it! Tell Lucy that she’s so gorgeous that she needs very little primping!

  83. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the review! I will have to add it to my bookshelf.

  84. ooh this looks like a cool book!

  85. Lucy says Pick Sue, Pick Sue!
    Just trying to improve my odds…. thanks for offering this up.

  86. I would love a copy of Boyfriend Sweaters!

  87. That looks like a lovely book and I believe I should own a copy. Generally, I say that about every book, though…
    Renee AnneĀ“s last blog post ..WIP Wednesday

  88. simple clean lines works for me, I’d like it

  89. I would love a copy of this book. It looks like patterns the men in my life would like.

  90. I’m always on the lookout for great men’s patterns. This looks like a nice book.

  91. I’d love to be in to win, Dh likes classic jumper styles, nothing too fancy for him.
    RachelleĀ“s last blog post ..#reverb12 Day 13: Some selfie love?

  92. Sarah Chase says:

    The book looks amazing. It’s always hard to find a good unisex pattern that looks great on botj guys and girls. Can’t wait for its release!

  93. That would be GREAT for patterns for my hubby!

  94. With a hub and two grown sons, I am always looking for sweater patterns for guys that we ALL like!
    JeanieĀ“s last blog post ..Reflections

  95. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance. I am on a sweater kick lately and this book would be perfect.

  96. I would love to have this book. I have two grown sons, both of which I knit for.

  97. Nice.

  98. My husband aka boyfriend would love to have some classic handknit sweaters. Happy Holidays!

  99. I would love to win!

  100. Karen Shannon says:

    I like Bruce’s work a lot! Looking forward to reading this book – even if I don’t win it!