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« on: November 22, 2006 07:17:48 AM »

i've just started to knit again... woo hoo!!

my question is: what have been your favorite items to knit for boys/men?? my son is 11 (will be 12 in feb) and my husband is 36. they are both simple guys. i'd love to knit them a million things, but i want to make sure they'll wear them.

tia, and looking forward to see some patterns
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2006 07:50:32 AM »

I'll start off by saying that knitting for men is hard - they seem to like simple patterns in relatively neutral (read: dull) colors, which means the knitting can get rather monotonous. With that caveat...

Socks seem to go over quite well in my family. I've made a pair for my FIL (55) and my DH (27), and both pairs get worn quite a bit. In fact, hubby's youngest brother (who's 14) actually requested a pair of handknit socks for Christmas this year. I'm knitting his pair of out Knitpicks Essential Tweed, and man is that yarn soft! Hubby likes them so much that he's got a request in for his own pair after the holidays. (We won't mention that they're knit on size 0 needles, and men seem to have ginormous feet  Roll Eyes)

Scarves are also a good bet. Hubby has one made out of some incredibly soft yarn that's just black and in a basic garter stitch, but he loves it. For Christmas this year FIL is getting the Here and There cables scarf out of Scarf Style. (Details here)

One other thought - if they are bike riders, I've always thought that the bike helmet ear warmers (scroll down to find them) would make a great man-gift.

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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2006 08:00:57 AM »

I knit the Zippered Men's Raglan from Last Minute Knitted Gifts for my husband. This project can only be defined as a labor of love. I don't think I'll be knitting him another sweater for a long, long time. You can read about my misadventures with the sweater on my blog. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2006 08:19:16 AM »

Socks. Everyone loves handknit socks!
I've started getting requests for gloves too.
None of the men in my life will be getting anything sweater sized anytime soon. ;P
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2006 08:20:56 AM »

Check out knitty.com's Knit Like a Man http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATspr06KLM.html
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2006 08:38:56 AM »

You can't go wrong with mittens or socks. I made the BF mittens three years ago out of cheapie acrylic, and he still uses them to this day. The thing about scarves for dudes is, not every guy is of the scarf-wearing persuasion and the best thing about knitting for other people is that you get to see your FOs in use. I have yet to meet a man that doesn't wear socks. Mittens and socks are also nice because they're challenging knits, but also quick. Melanie Falick's book Handknit Holidays has some good patterns, also knitty.com. 
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2006 08:53:17 AM »

Hats, hats, and more hats!

Everytime I offer to knit something for my boyfriend, he requests another beanie/toque.  Tongue A good basic pattern in which you can customize the intarsia pattern into anything he might like (e.g. sports team logo, video game icon) is this one: http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=123
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2006 09:02:16 AM »

Check out knitty.com's Knit Like a Man http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATspr06KLM.html

i just read that article... it's hysterical!!! Grin Cheesy Grin Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2006 09:16:02 AM »

I have yet to meet a man that doesn't wear socks.

*raises hand* I have!  He's a Minnesotan who usually doesn't have anything on his feet--even in winter, with snow on the ground!--unless required by law to have shoes (he'll usually forego socks for Birkenstocks).  LOL, but all y'all know your significant others best. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2006 09:24:55 AM »

One of my proudest crafting accomplishments ever: last winter I learned how to knit (very basic stuff here-- I am still at scarf with no pattern level -- lol) and I made my husband a black wool scarf. 

My hubby, who is normally very supportive of my crafts, said it was nice, but he'd probably never wear it.  (He's a very "name brand" kind of guy.)  This was the case until the real New England cold hit, and then he decided he'd "try it" one day-- I didn't see him without it for the rest of the winter!   Grin 

So my recommendation is scarves!  They might grumble about them at first, but they'll appreciate them later.   Wink
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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2006 10:06:50 AM »

Knitting with Balls

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9780756622893&itm=5

More towards teaching men to knit but all the projects are either for men, or for men to make for their sweethearts! Very good book and fairly inexpensive Cheesy I bought it for myself as an early christmas present Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2006 11:27:15 AM »

Well I disagree with some of the posts above. My husband would not even look at hand-knit socks. They MUST be white and of his favorite brand with a shirred top [?? elastic]. So assuming MOST guys like hand-knit socks would be wrong [can't remember any of my exes/friends' husbands getting excited over such a thing or requesting anything like that from their knitting GFs].

I would go with an iPod cozy [electronics are always good, right?] or like the articles says - nothing at all... Embarrassed
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2006 03:46:39 PM »

I've made a couple of hats for the men in my family and tested them all out on my husband, and he loves the "hot head" pattern from the first stitch and bitch book best (very basic 2X2 rib). I just finished one yesterday in black with orange stripes for a Cincinnati Bengals fan and I'm loving it.

Also, I made fingerless mitts for my Dad for Christmas (using the pattern in Weekend Knitting) and am having a hard time not stealing them, but I haven't gotten his official opinion yet.
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2006 03:49:34 PM »

i'm knitting a pink white and red scarf for my friend
he can pull it off tho
most guys would want a manly coloured scarf Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2006 03:52:24 PM »

The SnB hot head pattern has generally gone over well with the dudes I knit for. I also just made the gloves from weekend knitting for my BF. It really depends on the guy.
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« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2006 05:43:32 PM »

My hubby asked for a scarf, hat and glittens. He helped me pick out the yarn and I even got him to knit a few stitches on the scarf. He also wants me to knit a fair isle sweater (that's not happening). I really want to make him a pair of socks, but he says he'll wear them out.  Right now, I have enough things to knit so I'm not going to convince him that it's okay....yet.
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« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2006 08:11:42 PM »

I've made slippers for my boyfriend.  He requested monster slippers from Stich'n Bitch Nation, red ones, so I obliged.  I haven't given them to him yet, though.  They're his Christmas gift.

Yes, I know, men who wear monster slippers are few and far between, but you can have some luck with more simple slippers, maybe even felted booties.
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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2006 10:18:50 PM »

oh yeah slippers! My boyfriend asked for both slipper socks and monster slippers. Both are often used and well loved.
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« Reply #18 on: November 23, 2006 12:27:11 AM »

My boyfriend asked for a hat and a scarf, and luckily he isn't too picky - everything doesn't have to be brown, black, or navy, you know?  He would probably wear handknit socks, but I won't make them for him because he wears out his normal socks so quickly.

He's also expressed a desire for a pair of gloves.  No way would he wear a sweater, and no way would I knit one that large!
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« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2006 07:43:13 AM »

I'm making cabled scarves from the One Skein book for my dad and boyfriend. My brother isn't much of a scarf guy, but he mentioned needing some oven mitts (he cooks a lot), so I'm going to make him some felted oven mitts.
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« Reply #20 on: November 23, 2006 08:30:13 AM »

I've made slippers for my boyfriend.  He requested monster slippers from Stich'n Bitch Nation, red ones, so I obliged.  I haven't given them to him yet, though.  They're his Christmas gift.

Yes, I know, men who wear monster slippers are few and far between, but you can have some luck with more simple slippers, maybe even felted booties.

funnily enough, my boyfriend has asked for these too! i suppose it's better than socks that might not fit..did you have trouble making them man-sized at all?

um, i also knitted my man a very simple twisted rib scarf from brown rowan polar. he's so fussy but amazingly he loves it!
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« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2006 08:36:36 PM »

Actually, because of my inability to tweak knitting patterns, I just knit the slippers like very big socks.  I basically just did a swatch, felted it, and worked from there.  My boyfriend is over six feet tall and has feet to match, so before felting the slippers were quite clownlike.
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« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2006 11:35:49 PM »

I'll preface my response by saying that my husband is about as masculine/man's man as they come.

I printed a pattern (and can't find the link again to save my life) for a cabled skull cap.  I asked The Hub if he'd wear one if I knitted it for him, and he was ALL stoked about it.  I made him a hat last year, but it turned out WAY too big.  (That was before I learned the importance of gauge swatches.)   Embarrassed  Anyway, he requested black or blue for this one.

I've also made him a scarf.  He does wear it, but only when it gets extremely cold.
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« Reply #23 on: November 24, 2006 02:54:08 AM »

My hubby likes the picture knit jumpers and he wears them
he is 47,he has super mario,2 golf jumpers and a football
jumper and he has had more which he has worn out,my
sons 21 and 14 have grown out of them,now hubby wants
spongebob squarepants on a jumper.Here he is a few years
back wearing super mario,excuse him pulling a face.
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« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2006 04:16:54 AM »

Men like socks, hats, hooded sweaters that aren't too elaborate...my husband is a knitter and thinks almost ALL men's sweater patterns look efeminate. HIS plans for knitting for himself, seem to center more around household things. My nephew actually REQUESTED a hat!
There is a site called www.menknit.net , that can be quite an eye opener as to what men like.
I was quite surprised to find patterns for things that I know my husband wouldn't be caught dead in.
So...I guess it really can be up to each individual man.
I would peek in the closet to see what they already own.
One thing I do know...most men, rarely feel a need for a new and exciting look.
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« Reply #25 on: November 24, 2006 04:53:36 AM »

Last year I knitted my boyfriend a huge black, white and blue striped scarf, his favorite colors--and he does wear it all the time. (His mom is a knitter too, though, so he's well-used to hand-knitted stuff--he found a hat in her basement this fall that, quite frankly, I would have frogged halfway through, but he loves it and wears it constantly.)

Scarves seem to be hard to beat. Unless you live where it never dips below freezing or he REALLY REALLY hates scarves, it's hard to go wrong. My dad and grandfather are getting hefty double-knit scarves this year, and my best friend, who is a guy, is also getting one (though he's uber-fashionable, so his will be a bit different).

After that, socks. The boyfriend will proooobably be getting a pair this year (as soon as I find the other ball of yarn!) and they are, in my opinion, much more fun to knit than scarves.
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« Reply #26 on: November 24, 2006 09:00:21 AM »

Awww good for him for living young. That's gonna be my husband when he's older, still inlove with cartoons and video games!
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« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2006 11:21:10 AM »

I've knit 2 pairs of socks for the mr & whenever I see them on his feet I am filled with glee. For christmas this year I'm knitting him a sweater. It's supposed to be a surprise, but I think he knows about it because the other night he said "how about you knit sweater pieces & I seam it together.....you know....to avoid the boyfriend sweater curse....." I told him he didn't have to worry about that since that's not what he's getting for christmas. (which is sort of true - it's a top down raglan, so really, there is no seaming.)

for my dad I knit him a hat & some socks. last year I made mittens for my male friends & they wear them lots....

like everyone has said, it depends on the guy, but I think scarves & hats & gloves are a safe bet.
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« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2006 04:32:33 PM »

....to avoid the boyfriend sweater curse

ok, i definitely have some really good ideas now.

one side question.... WHAT'S THE BOYFRIEND SWEATER CURSE?Huh?

the only curse i'm away of is the boyfriend hankercheif curse... where if you give a man in your life a hanky, you end up breaking up.... is the sweater curse along the same lines?Huh Shocked Shocked Shocked i would love to knit my husband a sweater, but if there's a curse... Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2006 10:03:09 PM »

Yep, that's more or less it - I've never heard of the hanky curse, but it sounds the same.

I defied the boyfriend sweater curse and we're getting married in 5 weeks time! Really, I think it's because knitting something like a sweater is so expensive and time-consuming that it puts a lot of pressure on him to not just like it, but to *love* and appreciate it properly - there's an old thread here somewhere, if you search for 'boyfriend sweater curse' you should find it.

I think if he's already your husband though, you should be safe Smiley

Back on topic: my curse-defying sweater was the Berkshire Pullover from Weekend Knits. Not only did he love it, he got heaps of compliments and "where did you get that?"s from his mates. It's a very simple pattern (i.e. mind-numbingly boring, but nothing tricksy for a new knitter), but the neck opening is on the small side. Luckily, it's easy to alter this part!

I've also had a lot of success with knitting SnB's Hot Head pattern for my dad and brother-in-law as well as my guy.
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« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2006 11:15:22 PM »

one side question.... WHAT'S THE BOYFRIEND SWEATER CURSE?Huh?

Knitty has an article on the Sweater Curse.
http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter02/FEATsweatercurse.html
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« Reply #31 on: November 25, 2006 08:46:06 AM »

my mother knit my father a sweater when they were married, and they've been together 10 years since. so i guess the idea is that if yr married your fine. However, i'm not taking any chances with my boyfriend.
as for presents, socks are always appreciated. my grandpa and my stepgrandpa and my father and my boyfriend are all getting socks. (most out of woolease or sugar and cream)
men just don't appreciate good yarn - because they have to hand wash it!
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« Reply #32 on: November 25, 2006 09:34:06 AM »

I was going to link to that knitty article, so thanks landry!

I'm making sure to not knit it if I'm even slightly peeved at him - so that only love is knit into it Smiley

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« Reply #33 on: November 29, 2006 08:31:57 AM »

My boyfriend asked me to make him a sweater this fall. I was mainly looking at boring ribbed or stockinette sweaters, showing him a ton of patterns, and was surprised when he chose the Cycling Aran from Hello Yarn (http://www.helloyarn.com/cyclingaran.htm)
I used knitpicks wool of the andes bulky, so it knit up really quickly, and you could easily substitute ribbing if the cables seem a little elaborate.

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« Reply #34 on: November 30, 2006 08:55:12 AM »

I hate the sweater curse myth. I think it's really insulting to both sides: one suggesting that the woman doesn't know her boyfriend well enough to know what he may or may not like (ie: knits him something he feels obligated to wear even though he hates it) and the idea that it isn't okay to be "domestic" or whatever until one is married. Argh argh argh.

Ahem. Back to your regularly scheduled ideas giving. I'm making socks and a hat for the boyfriend, but I may end up putting his gifts off past the ones I'm making for his family if I run out of time. I'd rather he open half-finished socks on Christmas than his mother!
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« Reply #35 on: November 30, 2006 01:32:14 PM »

Well I think this curse is not just about knitting, it's about the effort and the other person ending up hating it. Just like the time my husband went on a business trip and I painted the hallway and he didn't really like it. HUUUGE effort and not very positive outcome. Just like knitting for weeks/months and in the end... eaten by moths Angry or whatever.
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