I’m glad to see more men knitting. Eventually this will lead to an increase in the availability of men’s patterns as various publications begin to realize that more and more men are defying stereotypes and picking up the needles and demanding something interesting to knit for ourselves. I was looking through the January 2006 issue of Creative Knitting last night, and they only featured two patterns for men. The hat was okay. I might knit it this summer when I’m wondering what to do with all my odds and ends of cascade 220. The sweater, however, was another sweater designed by a woman for a woman to knit for her man. It wasn’t exactly something I’d knit for myself or even wear if some woman did knit it for me. These sentiments are typical for almost every knitting publication or pattern book I look through. I realize these publications won’t change until their marketing departments can begin to measure in dollars the amount of men looking for good patterns. But in the meantime, where does everyone get his patterns?
I’ll head out to a Barnes and Noble every few months and look through its selection of knitting publications, and purchase any that interest me, but usually I come home empty-handed. Most of my patterns I purchase from a LYS that has just an unbelievable stock of old knitting pamphlets and books. A lot of the sweater patterns I like are classics that never go out of style, or I will adapt them to a more contemporary look.
The Internet has only really been helpful with patterns when I’m not looking for men’s wear. I have no trouble finding interesting afghan patterns, dog sweater patterns, hats, even a satchel from the men’s issue of Knitty, but knitted men’s wear on the Internet isn’t a whole lot more innovative than its print counterpart. Perhaps I’m just not looking in the right places?