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Aug 12, 2019 03:06:52   #
engblom (a regular here)
 
While there are many men knitting, the majority seem to be women. This is especially visible when you browse patterns: most patterns are very feminine. I begun to wonder, what kind of patterns are most men knitting? If you have men at your knitting group, or if you are a man yourself, please tell in this thread what you know about this topic.
 
Aug 12, 2019 03:30:31   #
chooksnpinkroses (a regular here)
 
My DH can knit but leaves it up to me. When we were first going out he was impressed by and curious about my sock knitting (1995). I started him off and he knit one sock of a pair while I knit the other. He was quite good, going round and round on the DPN. I did the heals and toes of his sock... I did actually wear these socks. From memory they were green.
Aug 12, 2019 03:42:32   #
alan55
 
Don't really know much about the topic.

I prefer to knit for the girls as you're able to do more with colour and styling than you can for boys.

For the last few years I have mainly been knitting jumpers, a few scarves and if I get motivated I'll make a pair of socks for myself.
Aug 12, 2019 05:44:36   #
Celt Knitter (a regular here)
 
https://www.ravelry.com/people/SFMenKnit a quick search from Ravelry, and there are other male groups on there too.
engblom wrote:
While there are many men knitting, the majority seem to be women. This is especially visible when you browse patterns: most patterns are very feminine. I begun to wonder, what kind of patterns are most men knitting? If you have men at your knitting group, or if you are a man yourself, please tell in this thread what you know about this topic.
Aug 12, 2019 08:10:55   #
Bernadettebunty
 
I agree about the patterns mainly being for women and girls! As a Granny to 6 boys aged 23 to 4 years and Great-Granny to another boy 2 years I had to do extensive searches and quite a few tweaks to patterns to get knitted garments that weren't too girly. However, apart from the choice of yarn, Aran or Fair-Isle, patterns for males are very plain and limited.
Aug 12, 2019 11:09:06   #
cuisinier3
 
As a man, my go-to project has always been socks...toe-up, FLK heel, and always some sort of stitch pattern. My all-time favorite stitch pattern(s) are those found in Maria Erlbacher's book "Twisted Stitch Knitting" (aka Bavarian/Austrian/Bayerisches), but they are also the most time-consuming of any sock I've ever knitted. The only type of sock that I won't knit (anymore) is the plain vanilla type, which I personally find it to be as mind-numbing as knitting a garter stitch scarf (no offense to anyone who does). And if I want a truly long-lasting sock, that gets knit using Tvåändsstickning/Twined knitting. My friends often ask me how many pairs of sock can I need, and my response is always that "socks are like underwear, you can never have too many pairs"!

I was lucky enough to have been taught by my mother, who was a very gifted knitter. (When I was in 7th grade she knitted me a cabled tennis sweater, which was entered in the Allegheny County Fair and won her a blue ribbon. To this day that sweater and blue ribbon are two of my most prized possessions, as my mother passed away in 1989.) Under her tutelage I mastered the basics but stopped knitting out of fear of harassment from my classmates (this was the late 60's). I didn't pick a pair of needles until about 15 years ago, after watching a young lady knitting a pair of gloves and thinking that it didn't look that difficult. So, I watched some YouTube videos, bought some yarn and double-points, and knit my very first pair of socks.

It's been quite some time since I've purchased any books/magazines, unless it was for a particular technique, or style of knitting that I've wanted to learn or improve. I have a huge trove of patterns on my PC, as well as a substantial collection in my Ravelry library, so I really have no need to purchase anything (OOP vintage patterns are the exception, and a weakness).

The one thing that I've learned on my knitting journey is that the only failure is not trying. If I want to knit a particular pattern/technique, I'll learn the necessary skills required for it regardless of the complexity. My LYS always loved to see my WIPs, often telling me that they'd never seen a particular technique, or that what I was working on was considered to be an "advanced" technique. They came to view me as a fearless/adventurous knitter, but I only saw it as wanting to try to learn something new.
 
Aug 12, 2019 11:26:44   #
Pocahontas (a regular here)
 
A "shout out" to all those guys who knit! The men on this forum are a welcome addition and are quite talented. Just wish we heard from them more often.
Aug 12, 2019 14:08:36   #
ChasingRainbows (a regular here)
 
There are thousands of knitting and crochet patterns for men, if you know how to look for them. Many patterns are suitable for either male or female.

Ravelry.com has over 148,000 male or unisex patterns.

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#fit=male%7Cunisex&sort=popularity&view=captioned_thumbs

Many KP members don't post pictures of what they make. Besides, men can knit for other men or women or children. There are many male knitting designers.
Aug 12, 2019 19:41:29   #
cuisinier3
 
ChasingRainbows wrote:
There are thousands of knitting and crochet patterns for men, if you know how to look for them. Many patterns are suitable for either male or female.

Ravelry.com has over 148,000 male or unisex patterns.

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#fit=male%7Cunisex&sort=popularity&view=captioned_thumbs

Many KP members don't post pictures of what they make. Besides, men can knit for other men or women or children. There are many male knitting designers.


I think what engblom's trying to say is that the preponderance of patterns on Ravelry, in books, and in magazines are written for female garments & accessories and not for males. Case in point, I had a chance today to look at the October issue of 'Simply Knitting'. In a 200-page magazine there was a total of 2 patterns specifically for males...one being a boy's sweater and the other a man's sweater.

Furthermore, I knit primarily for myself, at present, and I have no need or reason to knit any baby or children's garments. If I change the criteria (in the link you provided) to reflect my needs, the number of patterns drops from "over 148,000" to roughly 84,000. If I filter out sock patterns, as I design my own, that number drops by an additional 2300 patterns. Conversely, if I search only for only female items, there are roughly 240,000 patterns available. If I filter out babies and children, there remains almost 227,000 patterns available exclusively for women. I personally find a 3:1 difference to be quite significant when it comes to searching for patterns to meet, and fit, my needs.
Aug 13, 2019 00:13:43   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
alan55 wrote:
Don't really know much about the topic.

I prefer to knit for the girls as you're able to do more with colour and styling than you can for boys.

For the last few years I have mainly been knitting jumpers, a few scarves and if I get motivated I'll make a pair of socks for myself.
It's a pity that more North American men don't accept wearing brighter colours and combinations of colours.
Aug 13, 2019 00:15:39   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
cuisinier3 wrote:
... The one thing that I've learned on my knitting journey is that the only failure is not trying. ...
That line should be on the first page of every knitting book every published!
 
Aug 13, 2019 05:42:42   #
mikebkk (a regular here)
 
I'm a knitter and a designer - and design shawls, wraps, cowls, and the occasional hat. I knit mostly what I design and many of my shawls and wraps are suitable for all genders and ages.
Aug 13, 2019 05:51:14   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
mikebkk wrote:
I'm a knitter and a designer - and design shawls, wraps, cowls, and the occasional hat. I knit mostly what I design and many of my shawls and wraps are suitable for all genders and ages.
And they're gorgeous too!!
Aug 13, 2019 05:58:38   #
mikebkk (a regular here)
 
Jessica-Jean wrote:
And they're gorgeous too!!


Thank you Jessica-Jean - that's very kind.
Aug 13, 2019 06:09:31   #
Emmy Cat (a regular here)
 
Pocahontas wrote:
A "shout out" to all those guys who knit! The men on this forum are a welcome addition and are quite talented. Just wish we heard from them more often.


I totally agree!
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