Hello all and happy new year!
I am sure this has been written before endlessly on here, but I am wondering if any could give some good book titles or websites on good patterns for men. I know its a bit wide a question, and its probably not possible to give an easy answer to. I mostly like stuff that is relatively classic, that I can still be wearing in 10 years time and doesnt make me look like an overgrown teenager, I find that most stuff is either very trendy or very square....
just if anyone should have some good ideas, I am in the UK by the way


ronhuber's picture

I would recommend "Knitting Without Tears" by Elizabeth Zimmermann. After reading this book you will not need patterns but will be able to make your own.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Yes, Mrs. Zimmermann's books are a great starting point. Barbara Walker's "Knitting from the Top" is also a good starting point but some of the pattern stitches can be bizarre. Still, for solid basics on designing your own sweaters, etc. they are hard to beat. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Knittingviking's picture

thanks guys
thats an enormous help
i am relatively new to knitting and it seems a bit of a jungle..
now its a tough battle between ms zimmerman and ms walker

rjcb3's picture

I would recommend the Zimmermann woman first and foremost all the time.

It seems strange to think about it, but, I usually tell folks to actually scan all four books, but then really read them and do them in reverse. I much prefer to introduce her via Knitting Around first and THEN go with the other ones.

She actually lets the world know about Barbara Walker (who is published by Schoolhouse) and recommends all of the other authoresses that inspired her; of whom she made reference, such as Gladys Thompson and Emily Ocker and so many others.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks for reminding me about this one, Lars. I forget it because I don't own a copy...yet. It's a good companion to the others. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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PaulJMC's picture

Hi Nicolai

I started knitting about six months ago and had the same issue.

The two pattern books I like for men are: Erika Knight "Mens Knits"

I have made a couple of these and they came out pretty well.

The other one (which looks good but havben't started a project from it yet) is Jane Eliison's "The Queensland Collection"

Good luck :)


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scottly's picture

This has some nice classic patterns in it and the models aren't bad either.