My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm 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.

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. Would love a copy of this book! I love making menswear!

  2. Pleeeease pick me! The “Boyfriend Sweaters: 19 Designs for Him That You’ll Want to Wear,” looks really cool. Can’t wait to get my hot little hands on it. ;-D

  3. Clean, classic lines- that sounds like just the book for me. I’d love to have it!

  4. I would LOVE a copy of this!

  5. I would love to win the book.

  6. This looks right up my alley. I could give this book a really good home.

  7. Yes yes! I’m waiting for the day when either my husband finally wants a sweater or I just decide to make one for him anyway.

  8. Looks like I might actually find a sweater designed in my size in this book

  9. This book looks like a great resource for truly wearable patterns for guys! I’d love to try some of them our for my husband.

  10. peggy connolly says:

    wow; this looks like a real classy book. Would love to look at the patterns in detail

  11. Marilyn Nance says:

    Looks like a great book! Here’s hoping….

  12. Wow, this looks like a wonderful book. Maybe enough to actually knit a real pattern again. Please enter me!
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  13. I’d love this book! I made my boyfriend a sweater a couple of years ago, and it ended up being too small, so I am wearing it now. He’s a very basic/classic guy, so it’d be great to get some ideas for him!

  14. I’d love this! My husband is the most traditional of traditional guys when it comes to knits (except the socks – he will wear the wild hand knit socks). And the timing isp erfect – he’s been asking for a sweater!
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  15. These are definitely something I would wear! So cute.
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  16. Venice Smith says:

    Good designs for men’s sweaters are few and far between. I’d love a copy of this book.

  17. I love sweaters and I need to knit my husband one, and one for me!!

  18. Wait, now how am I supposed to contact you??? ;-D

    This book might actually get me to knit a sweater for my husband. Well, that and the fact that he lost a bunch of weight, making the goal more attainable!

    Thanks for the the giveaway!

  19. Looks like a good book! Count me in!

  20. With a husband and 2 sons, this book would be very useful in my house! I’ll have to look for it once it is available!

  21. Wow, these look comfy. And not just for boyfriends – I’d love those for cold winterdays.

  22. These sweaters look so comfy and at this point in my/our lives we are all about comfy. I’d really enjoy receiving the book. Thanks. BTW – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your recent aran sweater(s).

  23. Oooh, this looks like a fun book. I may have to add it to my Amazon wish list should I not win. 🙂

    Give Lucy an ear scritch for me. My cat herd send purrs to Lucy as well.

  24. This looks like a fun book!

  25. Mary Alyce says:

    I’ll bet not a single sweater is illustrated in orange. That’s the first point of discussion with my son. I show pattern, he says not in that colour. I say, never mind the colour, what about the sweater? He says, not in that colour. And so on and on. I need that book so we can have an intelligent conversation about sweaters, etc.

  26. I would LOVE this book—both for me and for my husband. There are so few good classic simple patterns that real-life men would actually wear and enjoy. And I love the menswear look but men’s sizes usually end up making me look like a kid in my big brother’s sweater.

  27. Cheryl Ingraham says:

    Please, Santa, I have been a VERY GOOD GIRL this year!

  28. Oh this is one book i really would like to have.

  29. Hey Wendy, New to your site and blogging. Love your site. I’m a fan of your sock patterns but also want to try the Mystery Shawl. Would love to win the book

  30. Linda Kelly says:

    Love all your projects and you have such good give-aways!!

  31. I would love to win this book. I have a teen son & he doesn’t like anything trendy. These patterns look like his style. Thanks for the contest.

  32. Ooooh, I’d love to make one or two of those sweaters for myself!

  33. As usual, you are buzzing along and can’t wait to see the finished product. Sweater, sweater and more sweaters…yeah!

  34. Looks like a great book. I could use some new sweater ideas.

  35. I love how you just start with an idea and produce a beautiful product! and you knit like the wind…

  36. I definitely owe my boyfriend a sweater; I would love a chance to win this!

  37. All of these sweaters look so comfy and wearable. Thanks for the giveaway.

  38. Jean Reich says:

    Here’s hoping I win. I love to knit sweaters.

  39. Andrea Warfield says:

    Hi I’d love a copy…I’m trying to learn how to make fitted sweaters!.

  40. Please me!

  41. Looks like a great book!

  42. Susan Voegtly says:

    They certainly look easier than your absolutely dreamy-if unattainable by moi (at this time)-
    sweaters. No one to steal them from any more. (Is that pitiful enough?)

  43. Penny Bowen says:

    Would love to win this book. Looks and sounds great!!

  44. I have 2 grown sons and have trouble finding sweaters patterns they like. I think I need this book.

  45. Still not sure about that whole boyfriend sweater curse thing, but I would definitely like to get a copy of this book. 😀

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

  47. looks like an amazing book – would love to win!

  48. That sounds like a book I would LOVE to have!!!! 😉

  49. I’m in – thanks.

  50. Oh, me please. Those are exactly the kind of sweaters I wear and though my sons aren’t really sweater wearers, my husband and 2 sons-in-law definitely are.

  51. Looks like a great book to have.

  52. This is a book to request from the library. I am not sure my charming guy would wear any sweater, but this book might just inspire him.

  53. I would love to own a copy of this. My post christmas project is going to be my first sweater and these classic almost unisex designs look perfect for my style 🙂

  54. Sounds like a great book…count me in! Thank you for the opportunity!

  55. With five men in my life I NEED this book. Oh mighty number generator please choose me.

  56. Please, me! I have a boyfriend that would look absolutely dapper in several of those… and I wouldn’t mind some of those patterns for myself!

  57. Pleeze, Santa – I’d love to have that book. I may have to buy it if I don’t win your copy! So many of those styles are what I’d like to knit for my husband.

    Love your blog and your books.
    Thanks, Wendy

  58. Ooo! I’d love to see that book… I haven’t found anything my super finicky son would like me to make for him since he actually doesn’t like hand-knit socks! (where did I go wrong! :P)

  59. Please include me in this one! It looks like a really great addition to the knitting library!
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  60. This would be a great book for my brothers. They might actually get their first handknit sweaters.
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  61. That looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance!

  62. When I find a great sweater at the thrift store my friend says” oh, another Grandpa sweater”
    She says that like there is something wrong with that- go figure.

  63. That looks like a great book, I’m going to have to keep my eye out for it.

  64. Gina in the San Francisco Bay Area says:

    As a statistician, I would love to run a study on the boyfriend “sweater curse.” I would also love a copy of the book.

  65. One can never have too many knitting books, and this one looks lovely.

  66. nice book!

  67. I would love to make my husband a sweater. I would love to have this book.

  68. I like the classic look in sweaters. This book looks practical.
    Merry Christmas!

  69. Please add my name to the drawing, thanks!

  70. I would love the book. They look like sweaters that my DH would wear.

  71. I love the projects in this book. I like that they are styled along classic lines and that they are uni-sex. Love your blog.


  72. It would be nice to have patterns for my husband and son.

  73. I love boyfriend sweaters and have a few in my cedar chest. Hope the RNG picks me.
    I’m enjoying the adventure of your new sweater. Thanks for sharing.

  74. I knit my DH the Wonderful Wallaby sweater and he wears it 24/7. mary in Cincinnati

  75. Oops, I hope I’m not too late. Since one of my early New Year resolutions is to knit a sweater for my huaband, this would be perfect!

  76. Looks great! May even be nice to knit for sons (and daughters)!

  77. Oh, I need all of what’s in that wonderful book!
    I’ll treasure it. 🙂

  78. Thanks

  79. Pam Gardner says:

    I would love to win the book

  80. These are the sorts of sweaters that I actually *wear* after I knit them.

  81. Great book – I’ve been looking for some classic designs for guys!

  82. Nice to see a book that has a bunch of patterns I want to knit!

  83. This book looks intriguing. Thanks for the chance to win!

  84. Wow … this would be perfect for me as I’m getting ready to graduate from socks and scarves to sweaters for my grandson!

  85. I’d love tho win this book! I have Knits Men Want by the same author and it is very good.

  86. I would love to have this book!

  87. I have just knitted a sweater for my son. I think I am going to love this book!
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  88. I would want to win this book.

  89. Dixie Nuelle says:

    Lovely sweaters. I’m looking to start thinking of a sweater for my 52″ chest husband!

  90. Please enter me in the drawing for the book.

    You Aran jacket is coming along really quickly. You must be a super fast knitter!

  91. That looks like a great book, and I just picked up a sweater’s worth of yarn to knit for my partner. Pick me, please! 🙂
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  92. I like that you can make them for your sweetheart or yourself. Looks like a great book.

  93. Maybe my husband might actually wear one of these. If not, more for me, right?

  94. This looks like a lovely book with patterns that would get lots of use and be appreciated by guys who hate anything too fussy!! It will be a nice Xmas time prize for some lucky knitter 🙂

  95. I would love this and so would my boyfriend who only ever gets socks! Merry Christmas!

  96. Erlinda Wheeler says:

    Wendy, you are such an inspiration! I made my husband a sweater over 30 years ago and I’m over due. This book will give me the encouragement and motivation I need. Thanks for sharing all your joys with us.

  97. I have three men in my life – my husband and two sons. All of them are different sizes and this book definitely looks like it would help me out.

  98. Yummy sweaters!

  99. I think there is acutally stuff in this one the hubs might like!!!
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  100. My guy is big but I’d love to try to my hand at knitting a sweater for him. Thanks again for another giveaway!