Do men wear knit things?

After getting my Christmas knitting pretty much wrapped up, I was talking with my wife, and she asked if I was going to take a break from knitting, or what my next project was going to be. I mentioned that her mother had asked if I would knit her a vest, and we had talked about baby blankets for a couple of friends who are both expecting in the spring. "But," I said, "after all this work for other people, I'd really like to knit something for myself." She responded:

"But men don't wear knit things."

Now, I argued that I wear knit things all the time. Sweaters, vests and the like. She said that, no, those were store-bought, clarifying that she meant that men don't wear hand-knit things.

I will admit that I really don't wear hand-knit things. Only once in my life has anyone ever knit something for me. Back in 1996 or so, my girlfriend's mother knit me a sweater. I have kept it all these years, and although the style is a bit out of fashion at this point, I pulled it out again after I started knitting and marvelled at the craft of the thing. But other than that, I haven't ever knit anything for myself, nor has anyone knit anything for me, so there is nothing for me to wear.

The question is men wear knit things? What do you wear, and do the men that you knit for wear the items that you have worked so hard to create?


crmartin's picture

Of course men wear hand knits. There are numerous patterns for men's clothing. My favorite hand knit item is socks. Knit what you like and wear it proudly.



ronhuber's picture

I don't have a sweater, a pair of socks, mittens, or hat that I has not been knit by myself or one of my sisters or brothers. Check out Queer Joe's blog - he is wearning some hand knit underwear!! Go wild.

YugiDean's picture

I always wear scarves I've knit for myself. And all my winter hats are hats that I've knitted. As far as sweaters and coats and things, I haven't gotten to that point yet, but I do have my eye on a couple of interesting hoodie sweater patterns.

I think the idea that men don't wear hand-knit items is just as antiquated and off-track as the idea that men don't knit. :-D

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright

YarnGuy716's picture

I am my favorite person to knit for. I'm also to the point where the only time I wear store bought sock is when all my hand knit socks are in the wash. Your next project should be something for yourself.

ETA... I've also made hats for my father, brothers and uncles and they all wear them.

Britisher's picture

Yep, I wear sweaters that I've knit myself, and I'm heading to the point where my wardrobe contains more hand knits than shop-bought sweaters. And I'm afraid I'mway too selfish to knit for other people.

That's interesting... It's kind of like if you said, "women don't play sports", based on the premise that athletics are male-dominated -- It's all a matter of perspective, I suppose. Although, for instance, there aren't many female ice hockey players (to my knowledge), there are plenty of female FIELD hockey players. I guess what I'm trying to say in too many words is that sure, men wear handknit items, especially men who knit (he he... "menwhoknit".com), but outside of that realm of experience, it gets a little sparse.

It's understandable -- I mean, if more guys (and girls) knew how amazing it actually is to knit, there would be a lot more of us! Of course, if more ladies knew the satisfaction of smearing someone against a plexiglass wall and spending 2 minutes in the penalty box for high sticking, I'll bet there would be more Janes and Sallys on the ice, too... :)

Interesting topic!

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." Dr. Seuss

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." Dr. Seuss

Mnjack's picture

I chuckled over your letter because you are right, I knit for others but never myself. I had drawers of purchased sweaters but only one hand made one. I didn't make it. It has turned out to be my favorite.

I gave away, to a charity group, most of the sweaters and decided it was time to make some. I am in the process of a sleeveless one and after that plan to do an argyle. I really have found the one hand made one I have, to be more more comfortable and definitely get more compliments on it.

So knit away...... FOR YOURSELF !!

daveballarat's picture

I wear my knitted stuff ... no matter how bad they look! The hat I made a while back was given away, to a Canadian friend who walks the Bosphorous every night... mind you, she didn't see the photo of me wearing it... and she won't see it... he he he...

Here in Istanbul everyone wears knitted stuff... men and women ... although most of the time it is machine knitted. But knitted fabrics are all in vogue at the moment... you just have to rip a few holes in them after knitting them up, stuff up a few of the seams( now that's pretty easy for me to do...) and then get a Zara label or Armani or something and sew it on the outside...I swear 50% of all the men walking down Istaklal Cad. (main drag of Istanbul)will be wearing knitted (machine or hand) ... knitted is in :) long last...

It is unfortunate that the style is patches and poor seams... not so much class ... but rough and ready to wear... but it is knitted stuff... and I like it :)daveballarat
Istanbul, Turkey