With acknowledgment to MMario's comment below:
This is open declaration of war. All too often, I see a sock, jacket, sweater, shirt or other knitted object designed for men that is just at the cusp of being slightly perceived as feminine…merely because I see it as “lace”.
Change it’s name. Or rather, call it what it USED to be called.
Thicker, stronger, meatier, burly, cigar-chomping, hairy-chested, testosterone-soaked fabric? With HOLES in it?
“The Devil Take You, Sir!”, you say.
“We used to call it spikework.”, I opine.
“Oh, no!”…I hear you all groan. Another fool trying to buck convention and force another point of view down our throats.
Trapped twixt the Scylla of catatonia and the Charybdis of having to change my phone number, I see an effort to call lace for men Spike or Spikework somewhere in the middle. Much easier to accept than, say, …well…lace for men.
What if the descriptive text of a sock design said:
"Inspired by the Gothic churches of the Midlands, using a bold spikework design for interest and a striking colorway of blues and smokey charcoal, these socks will become his favorite."
Spike in the office? Of Course!
"That's too lacey for me. But that spikework front panel on the other page rocks!"
Works for me. What do you think?