men's sweater vs. woman's what's the difference?

Hey Guys,
I bought a pattern for a nice sweater only when it arrived it is a woman's sweater, I have looked at it a few times and believe that the only thing that denotes it as such is the neck/collar. I just wanted to post it and perhaps get some feedback and opinions. If it is just the neck, that can be changed just by making lower, but is there something else that I am not seeing?


The neck is very feminine. The drop shoulders are used for either sex - but just make sure it is deep enough for you. The other thing you are not seeing is that there is no welt at the bottom of the jumper and no cuffs for the sleeves - it starts with the pattern. I just asked my husband if he would wear this sweater and he said yes, provided I altered the neck and added a welt and cuffs. Many aran patterns are suitable for both sexes and I would go for it.

scottly's picture

To me it looks pretty unisex. Things to look for in a women's garment would be darts, buttons from the left side and then there is the size issue. Anyway, I would wear that sweater.


Aranlover_989's picture

Regarding the size issue, these patterns go up to a 5/6x and while I just compared this one to a different unisex pattern, I would definitely have to use the yardage, cast on number from the other one. For the neck/collar I was going to make the collar at least half the length it is in the picture and start it sooner thereby making it lower. I never even thought about the welt, but in looking at it a third time I would take the rib that's on the collar and incorporate that into the rib and the rib on the cuffs to help round it all out.
Thank You for the comments.

JDM511's picture

I think that this would be fine for a man with a couple of adjustments. My personal preference would be a shorter collar and ribbing on the sleeves and by the waist. I would just go by the general rule that you cast on 90% of the total used for the body of the sweater then increase the needed stitches when you complete the ribbing.


teejtc's picture

I'd wear it. If you feel like making it but think it's too fem. drop me a note and I'll send you my address, I don't think anyone around here would think so... ;-)

You're probably right about the neck though, I'd shorten it by half. As for the cuffs, etc. I wouldn't worry about it. It's obviously up to you, but I think it's cook starting directly with the pattern.

Grace and Peace,

grandcarriage's picture

Notes of this sweater from a designer's aspect: (at least this designer's aspect).. (cue soundtrack from "Fiddler on the Roof" TRADITION! TRADITION.....

Big, bold patterns: such as the large losenge cable, are traditionally seen on women's sweaters, as are ornamentation with high relief: bobbles, etc.

Men's sweaters are traditionally shorter": This looks very much like a hip length, which, unless you are a stringbean, I highly suggest you NOT DO. For length, I like to figure to the top of the pants zipper, and do a big stretch (like a yawn) and measure that for the length.

Men's sweaters traditionally have a strong border to frame the knitting: ribbing, garter, etc: the pattern usually doesn't shoot off the end of the garment as this one does. This is used to frame the face, the hands, and the bottom, of course. I'm moving away from blousy sweaters (gathered rib on the bottom, and like a more box shape ie:garter stitch hems....but that's personal choice.

That being said, if you used a nice wool tweed (with a harder finish: IE Jameson) in a masculine color, changed the neck and the hems, didn't do any body shaping (outside of the armhole, neckhole and shoulder) you could totally pull this off. Go for it: Thats a beautiful cable pattern.

tomanyt's picture

I agree JDM511. The high collar does make it seem feminine. But other than that, I would wear it also.

I like it. Perhaps on the "model" the collar looks fem but make it a mock turtle neck and it would look good.