Thursday, April 4, 2013

Guy Knits

The patterns in the book Guy Knits: Sweaters &  Vests (Best of Knitter's Magazine series) are by a variety of designers, including the Knitter's Deign Team.  The book contains a short how-to section and then is divided until multiple sections:

  • Accessories (4 patterns - hats, mittens, ties, blankets)
  • Sweaters (11 patterns)
  • Vests (12 patterns)

The Reversible Hat, Mittens set is pretty cute, although it should be noted that the mittens are not reversible!  (The pattern is for a reversible hat and then matching mittens.  Take care on how you read the title!)  There are stripes created from garter stitch. Bold Zebra is a lovely sweater with a herringbone type pattern formed by slipped stitches.

The sweaters have a lot of color and texture, enough to inspire you. I love the look of some of the shawl colors (I think that is what they are called, I'm not a fashion student so I'm not really sure.)

I'm not a huge fan of the vests by Herz & Baum is lovely cabled and looks really expensive looking. Cecropia has stunning colorwork with subtly contrasting colors so it is a big pattern but is quite soft at the same time.

I love the book sections on fit, but my FAVORITE part of the whole book is the color preview. They show samples of the different sewaters knit up in different colors. This will help give you an idea of how the different colorwork patterns will look using different kinds of contrasting colors without you having to knit a swatch up yourself!