I subscribe to Interveave 'Knits' magazine and the latest issue continues a trend found in most knitting magazines of including little or nothing for men in the way of sweaters patterns, designs etc. I wrote to express my concern about this. To my surprise I received a reply that addressed the issue and did not try to skirt (!) around it. It was from Debbie Blair an editorial assistant with the publication. In part, her reply stated "Truthfully, we do not receive very many submissions of men's items at all!! We would love to feature more men's items on our pages, so if you or anyone you know knits original items for men, please direct them to our submissions guidelines on our web site! We'd love to see more men's items come in to our offices!" So, here is your chance guys. If any of you do design men's sweaters and so on why not give it a try?
To be honest it had not occurred to me that they did not get submissions. I just assumed it was an editorial decision since, despite all the yapping about men knitting, the 'real' buyers of yarn and stuff their advertisers sell, is women. I still suspect that is the case, to a large extent, but why not try taking her at her word and test out your designs and patterns? And if what she says is correct, maybe the other large knitting mags. are in the same position -- might be worth a try. Good luck all!