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Knitting for Men

Nov 30, 2012

I've gotten some emails recently asking for knitting patterns for men. There are quite a few male members of Knitting Daily, and I think they're feeling a little left out. So, ask and you shall receive!

Here's a selection of wonderful knitting patterns for men, straight from the Knitting Daily Shop.

     Susan Dittrich's Aspinwall Pullover shows how a narrow color value range can be used for subtler, quieter effects, even when using highly contrasting colors. Though the orange and acid green are intense, they are wearable when set into a background band only a little lighter in value. Incorporate intense pops of color in unexpected places with this trick.

The Aspinwall incorporates this pop of color as well as raglan sleeves, ribbing, stockinette stitch, and an attractive zipper closure at the neckline.
Closeup of the colorwork detail on the cuffs.
Kristen TenDyke begins with the earflaps of the Whitman Cap and works her way through Fair Isle snowflakes to reach the crown shaping.

I love the wavy band that encloses the beautiful, classic snowflake motif. The movement that the wave line evokes is unique and eye-catching.

Any guy would love to wear (and knit) this good looking hat!
How cute is this father-daughter duo?

Deborah Newton knows a classic looks good any time, on anybody.

The Diamonds in Relief's trellis-cable panel grows organically out of bottom ribbing, while a carefully designed raglan shoulder-deeper in the front than in the back-works as well on little shoulders as on broad ones.

A garter neckband adds casual, easy versatility.
A contrasting band, slouchy shape, and interesting faux cable detailing makes Terri Kruse's Thoreau Hat a modern classic.

I love this hat so much, I bought the yarn to make it. I choose a dark gray for the main color and a periwinkle blue for the contrasting color.

This hat could easily be made for a man or a woman—just change the color combo!
I think these can be unisex patterns, too. Whether you're male or female, knit one or more of these patterns for yourself!


P.S. Are you a man who knits? What's your favorite thing to knit? Share it with us in the comments!

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Bands of colorwork create a dimension to a simple sweater.


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A fun Fair Isle cap.


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gcwatson wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 1:28 PM

Looking for a shawl collared cardigan for a tall young man. Yarn weight should be  worsted or heavy worsted.

I agree, there aren't many patterns for guys.  I kind of get tired of "winging it".

Doodledaddy wrote
on May 26, 2013 1:11 AM

To jc3, I started my knitting adventures back in October, 2012 with socks!  I watched a LOT of videos, some helpful ones are one KnitPicks website, (they sell yarn and various knitting supplies) as they have a lot of good, free instructional videos.  I have made a few pairs of socks, two scarves, 3 hats, and started a cardigan sweater with a shawl collar and lots of cables, both small and large, and honeycomb patterns as my very first sweater ever!  I use the continental method, as it was a very natural transition from crocheting, which I have been doing since I was in the first grade (roughly 40 years, now) because I just could NOT get comfortable throwing the yarn with my right hand.  It is SO much easier to knit by throwing with your left, since you are already an accomplished crocheter yourself.  I know that  this is an older post by now, but I still thought I'd give you a boost of encouragement, just in case it would be of help to you, or others who happen across this way.  Knitting socks is easy, as it is still just using two needles at a time.  You just keep going around in a circle and switching needles as you work to them, that's all.  Since you are already used to reading instructions for crochet, then knitting is probably something that comes just as easily because it's just following directions, just different ones.  I LOVE crafts like this, and the more detail involved, the more I like it!  I want to see heavily detailed patterns for men come into existence!  I am NOT a slave to what other people like, and, no, I am not living an alternate lifestyle of any kind, and I have NO desire to look like a woman.  However, most of what women consider modern "women's" clothing, are actually styled using elements that are decidedly, and un-arguably masculine in origin, historically.  I say, that as men, we should take these looks back and reclaim them as our own!  As men, we have almost NOTHING left, as it is!  

Doodledaddy wrote
on Jan 5, 2013 2:45 PM

I would really love to see a lot more patterns for men, particularly button up, shawl collar cardigans with a variety of different and unusual cables and detail.  We men aren't just FEELING left out, we ARE left out, to a very large extent!  

Miss Frilly wrote
on Jan 2, 2013 3:59 PM

Hi Everybody!  I'm Malcolm from England.  I began knitting about 2 years ago as a stress buster having read so much about it on the Internet.  I have completed so far two sweaters for myself and am currently trying to complete a Fair Isle design in Aran weight yarn..  You have great patterns on this site but sadly it's almost impossible to get them sent to England!   Sadly the range of patterns available in the UK is rather traditional and limited and as yet  I don't have the courage to design my own.  I always look forward to updates from your site. Happy knitting to all!

craig b wrote
on Dec 22, 2012 10:32 AM

I'm a guy who knits. I make sweaters, socks, scarves, etc.  Keep posting men's patterns please!

Some of my projects are on ravelry, under cbnyc.

sultan05us wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 11:30 AM

Believe it or not, I love knitting lace - its complicated across the row and I am never bored.  The women who get the stoles like them too!  Big believer in Stephen West's designs as well although some have me completely confused.  talented designer.  I knit mostly things for women because the items designed for men tend to be very traditional and uninteresting.  Lets see if that gets some response!  

sultan05us wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 11:30 AM

Believe it or not, I love knitting lace - its complicated across the row and I am never bored.  The women who get the stoles like them too!  Big believer in Stephen West's designs as well although some have me completely confused.  talented designer.  I knit mostly things for women because the items designed for men tend to be very traditional and uninteresting.  Lets see if that gets some response!  

Nrhaller wrote
on Dec 2, 2012 4:59 PM

@jc3, Sparticus, as a long time crocheter I know how different it is to move to knitting. It sounds like you are throwing your yarn, (yarn held in right hand and then moved around the needles, called throwing) and just wanted to let you know if you have not tried contenental way of knitting, (holding the working yarn in left hand as you do for crocheting, and working from there, called contenental ) There are tons of great tutorials for contenental knitting on YouTube. The ones I found the most helpful are from Liat Gat. Just do a search for her videos. She also has a fantastic website with free tutorials, With practice I know you will become proficient quickly, especially if you try the contenental method. Liat also has a video about how to fix mistakes, especially dropped stitches. Her video gave me the confidence to become a proficient knitter. Se also has great ebooks. I hope you continue to enjoy your yarn crafts. Rae

Blaine1994 wrote
on Dec 1, 2012 7:39 PM

i like the Fog Sweater too. It is a great oversized sweater that just begs for natural tones.

Blaine1994 wrote
on Dec 1, 2012 7:37 PM

I am a guy who knits. I love knitting sweaters, but the number of good looking mens sweaters is few and far between. They need to be simple yet interesting. Linen stitch is a mans best friend. The Free Ebook on mens knitting has a really good mens sweater that has linen stitch and stockinet. I think it is awesome that knitting daily is featuring knitting for men. They should do it more often.

denvervet wrote
on Dec 1, 2012 12:09 PM

I am a man who knits!  Due to an illness I found myself in bed this past early Spring and taught myself to knit.  I have knit everything from scarves, mittens, hats, two sweaters, intarsia "U.S. Army" afghan, etc.  I always try to pick patterns which are a challenge and use the internet to explain to me how to perform new tasks in knitting.  I just made "thrummed mittens" and they are incredibly warm.  Thank you Knitting Daily for giving us a day on your site!  I belong to 3 knitting groups one of which is all male, I live in Denver, Colorado.  Happy knitting!

denvervet wrote
on Dec 1, 2012 12:03 PM

I am a man who knits.  I was in bed for a long time this last Spring due to an illness and taught myself.  I still have lots of time to knit and usually knit several hours a day, it's gotten addictive!  I have made everything from scarves to my second sweater project which is a cardigan.  I have also done a U.S. Army afghan using "intarsia" (P.S.-intarsia is very simple guys).  I try to pick new patterns which will challenge me so that I learn, and I belong to 3 knitting groups, one of which is all men.  I guess my favorite project has been slippers which look like high top sneakers with a faux sock.  They are just too cool.  I just finished a pair of "thrummed mittens", if you want mittens that are SUPER WARM, look up some patterns for "thrumming".  Anyhow, I am so happy this website has taken a day to recognize us guys.  Thanks Knitting Daily and happy knitting men!

tandrewh1 wrote
on Dec 1, 2012 9:16 AM

I'm a guy who knits, and I love it. My favorite things to knit are aran sweaters, fair isle hats and sweaters, folk socks, and lace. I have an irksome need to keep finding more challenging patterns, so I've developed some pretty mad skills since that first, shapeless sweater a few years back. Next new technique on the list, entrelac, as I think it will all great interest to many projects.

on Nov 30, 2012 8:43 PM

I knit and crochet, but I mainly like making things for my wife and female friends.

SallyS@22 wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 8:09 PM

The men I knit for are all small in stature. They are adults but they are slightly built so do not ever meet the "small" size in menswear. I usually adapt a pattern for a boy or for a young woman. Sigh. (Good things come in small packages!)

herrsides wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 3:14 PM

I agree, thanks for remembering the men who knit.  When stationed with the Navy in Iceland in 1984, I took an Icelandic knitting class.  Since then I have been hooked on knitting my own handspun yarns.  Favorite things to knit basically means how my yarns are speaking to me or what I'm following at the moment.  I began this year with Danish tie shawls and have completed eight of them this year along with a couple of seaman's scarves.  I have made quite a number of lace shawls and table cloths as well as several vests, sweaters, and wall hangings while wielding two needles.  I teach college courses on deployed Navy ships so I spin a lot while I am home and knit in my spare time on flights, in airports, and on the ship.  I next want to try entrelac or brioche, but after Christmas.

jc3 wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 1:48 PM

No, I am Spartacus!  (Sorry, felt the need to bark out something manly for a second)  Yep, I'm a guy and I knit too.  Well, sorta.

I've been knitting officially now for 7days.  I have been crochetting for 30+ years.  I just finished (crochetting) a baby blanket for a friend.  I found this spactacular Italian yarn.  I ended up with a bunch left over, and thought it would make fantastic socks.  So I hit up my sister (an accomplished knitter) and said "I want to knit some socks, can you give me some knitting lessions".

She responded quite simply, "are you sure you don't want to start with something simpler, like a scarf?" and then included a YouTube link to some very nice person with 6 hands, 30 fingers, and 4 needles in a medieval torture device configuration making socks.

So I'm in practice mode... I think I am making it too hard, my finger memory and crotchet memory is interfering... I keep trying to move my working thread to my left hand...and then the planets unalign, and disaster follows.  Socks are a long way off for me... but I'm going to finish ONE 10x10 patch some day... and then I'll go make that scarf!  and then SOCKS!  (Maybe.  I have learned 2 valuable lessons though... I will NEVER EVER again complain about the price of a good pair of socks, and I now firmly believe those beautiful Irish sweaters that used to be over priced, are now very fairly priced... I get it now).

ejuneh wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 1:11 PM

I am not a man but I have men in my life to knit for. I have a husband, son and 5 grandsons 10-19 years old. We do need more mens patterns!

on Nov 30, 2012 10:29 AM

My grandmother taught me to knit as a child, said that Prince Charles knitted.  Started again at 57.  Wife and I make hats on looms for cancer patients.  Blankets, hats, socks.

on Nov 30, 2012 10:29 AM

My grandmother taught me to knit as a child, said that Prince Charles knitted.  Started again at 57.  Wife and I make hats on looms for cancer patients.  Blankets, hats, socks.

InkyShadows wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 10:06 AM

Love to knit. Lap blankets and shawls are on my needles right now, for holiday donations.

Mikeboriqua wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 9:14 AM

I've knitted scarves, baby blankets and kids hats. Started with a double knit because nobody told me how hard it would be. Current obsession are hats love how quick and easy they can be knit and off my needles. :-) just started a scarf as part of my fascination with cables. Really want to start a sweater just need a good pattern and maybe a mentor.

on Nov 30, 2012 9:12 AM

Thank you for thinking of us men that knit!

My favorite projects are Aran sweaters - The more complicated the better!  They have not been that challanging for me lately though so I have ventured in to a few lace shawls and scarfs and then tried my hand at some thrummed mittens

Hope you all have a nice Holiday Season


knitknigel wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 8:55 AM

I'm a sock knitting man too, and a scarf knitter, lace knitter, sweater knitter. And there are lots of other talented men out there knitting and designing patterns. You could do a feature on the Men's Knitting Retreat movement in your magazine too. We are a happy band of knitting talent. I too would love to see more patterns designed by men for men in your magazine. I also would love to see the patterns sold individually. I don't buy your magazine very often because there are so few patterns I want to knit. I know your audience is mostly women so my not buying your magazines won't make a big difference in your sales, but it would be wonderful to see more attention paid to the knitting needs of men, both knitters and recipients.

bridge_port wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 8:53 AM

I had begun to wonder if we would ever see patterns for men knitters. I would like to see top down knit sweaters, in Aran patterns, mainly because I dislike sewing backs to fronts and adding sleeves.

Douglas_K wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 8:45 AM

I'm a guy, I'n on a sock knitting kick these days.  I've made hats, scarves, mittens and a cardigan as well.  I enjoy doing cables.

Here's a sweater that grabs my eye as something I'd wear:

Love the clean lines on that sweater.

wilmotf wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 8:25 AM

I knit hats and sweaters mostly.  Some baby blankets too.  The comment I want to make is this - with SO many men out there actually designing patterns, why not include patterns by men?  As far as I can tell, these are all designed by women?  Why not get some guys involved?  

gnosis wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 7:55 AM

Yep I'm a guy who likes to knit and there are lots of us :) I like utilitarian things towels, rugs, blankets. I also like socks and scaves. I knit for myself, my family and friends and to sell. Doing so makes my color range and pattern range quite vast. Being a 6 foot 3 levi, cowboy boot guy in Idaho I like earth tones for myself, but my niece likes her tea towels in pink with a picot border.

tldamico wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 7:46 AM

And throw in a bonus replica pattern of this sweater:

tldamico wrote
on Nov 30, 2012 7:41 AM

I would love to see an exacting replica pattern of Mister Rogers sweater as displayed at the Smithsonian Institute.  See: