Tips f kni ing f your man
than lie flat. This wouldn’t have mattered on traditional cabled jumpers as they are sewn up to fit the body, but I can see why you wouldn’t want it for a scarf. My simple way of fixing this is to knit the cables on a garter stitch background. I always like to write my cable stitches in this somewhat unconventional way so that the patterns can be used for flat scarves as well as for jumpers and hats, etc.
NO PATIENCE! Why is it so important to knit a gauge swatch before knitting? I’m very impatient and always just want to start knitting! Can I leave out this step? Sharon Hobbs, Glasgow Sarah says: I know how you feel, I never used to like knitting swatches – but they are very important. All knitters knit difffffferently; I knit tightly whereas other people knit loosely meaning that we have a difffffferent gauge depending on the yarn and needles that are being used. Before knitting you should always knit a gauge swatch and measure how many stitches and rows there are per cm to see if it matches the pattern. If it doesn’t then try the next needle size up or down and knit another swatch – you may be eager to start knitting but it will save you ending up with a jumper or hat that you can't wear because it's the wrong size!
Boyfriend Sweaters published by Potter Craft, £19.99 houndstooth cardigans for the more adventurous knitters. The patterns have been designed with men in mind but are so versatile you can wear them too.
KEEP IT SIMPLE I find it hard to know what to knit for my boyfriend, I have made him jumpers before and they haven’t been worn so I want to be sure he will like the next jumper I knit. Have you got any tips? Sharon Jones, Tenby Sarah says: Jumpers take a lot of work so it’s important that it’s appreciated when it’s done. I tend to find that men like simple jumpers in dark neutral colours (except for socks!) without too much fancy detailing. I’d recommend the book ‘Knits Men Want’ by Bruce Weinstein (£11.99). Which goes through things men want out of their knitwear and matching patterns. Also I would ask him to help you pick the yarn and colour that he’d like it to be made in to make sure he’s happy before you start on that big knitting project. CABLE & FAIR ISLE I love to knit Lacy complicated patterns but my other half doesn’t like the sound of a Lacy jumper - do you have any suggestions? Karen Davis, Lincoln Sarah says: You don’t normally see lacy men’s jumpers so it’s understandable why he’s not so keen on the idea! Have you tried knitting a traditional cable knit or fair isle jumper? This will hold your attention similarly to a lace pattern and your other half will be thrilled with the end result - cable patterns are really on trend for men this season! Choose a design that
simple and muted.
Ask your man to help you choose the yarn
texure and colour.
Before you start take your man's measurements to make sure of the perfect fit.
Find this great men's pattern in Knit Today 114
Knits Men Want by Bruce Weinstein, published by STC Craft/A Melanie