The second in my Saturday Giveaway series! (Perhaps this will be a fortnightly thing...)
ENTRIES NOW CLOSED - Please come back next Saturday (or perhaps the one after) for round 3!
This is a randomly-drawn blog contest. To enter, leave a comment on THIS post. (If you're not interested in winning the book but still wish to comment, feel free to say so!) I will select a winner by means of a super-sekrit process, and announce the result by Tuesday night at the latest. This draw is open to readers from all over the world, so please, join in!
What is today's giveaway?
Today, I'm giving away a single copy of Jaeger Handknits pattern booklet, JB28:
What is it?
This softback book contains 16 knitting patterns for men's sweaters. The designs, all by Rowan star Martin Storey, range from the simple and classic to the slightly odd. part from that, there's not a lot to say - it's a pattern booklet from the Rowan stables, you know what to expect. (Also, Rav link here).
What do I like best?
This book contains some classic men's sweater and cardigan patterns. My fave is probably 'Bowie', pictured above, but I'm also quite taken with the 'Jethro' cardigan (a sweater version is also included):
As a whole, the patterns in this book make great use of texture, and some man-appropriate colour, too. I particularly like the use of purl lines instead of the extra yarn colour in this take on the classic Argyle:
All the patterns in this book use DK or 4-ply weight yarns, which (in my experience) is great for knitting for men - the ones in my life don't seem interested in chunky sweaters.
What do I like least?
Also, one of the cabled patterns in the book is just a wee bit too intricate and fussy for most men, I think:
Why am I giving this book away?
I've realised that these designs are not much use to the men in my life. Even in 4 ply, most of these designs are too heavy for my other half. Also, he's six foot two, with long arms; I think he'll be getting machine knit sweaters from now on.