Real men...... knit

by Scully 21 Replies latest jw friends

  • Apostate Kate
    Apostate Kate
    And if you are mathematically inclined, the website has some patterns using the principles of moebius and Fibonacci math system.

    That is how my husband created his beautiful work of art Christmas cap last Christmas. It was all math. The colors and textures are amazing. husband is aaaaaaaaaaaaall man Roybatty

  • tijkmo

    i used to knit when i was younger

    i was just a child i'm only a man

  • ballistic

    I don't think you will find many men saying they *like" knitting (unlike those women who pretend they like football and video games), although I can knit and one of my male friends from school designs knitting patterns for a living.

    Women who like driving JCBs for a living tend to be a little scary, men who can knit, tend to be merely multi-faceted.

    Hmmm, let's see if I get into trouble for this one.

  • juni

    Interesting thread.

    I'm left handed so I didn't do too good learning, but that was years ago. Teacher was a righty.

  • Apostate Kate
    Apostate Kate

    Women who like driving JCBs for a living tend to be a little scary

    Ok Hot Stuff ballistic what's a JCB ?

  • SirNose586

    I don't think you'll catch me knitting, but I will say this: any man who knits is quite comfortable with his masculinity.

  • Junction-Guy

    I dont knit, but most guys would be too embarassed to try it. I work in a jail, and one of our male corrections officers was knitting while working at the lobby desk, The Sargent came by and told him to put that away as it looks silly for a man to knit in public. It was a big joke there for awhile.

  • valkyrie

    I've been very curious to learn how to knit for a long while now. Am a bit reluctant to spend [yet more] money on books for a new hobby, when I know that the materials (stunningly luscious yarns, variously sized needles) will require further costly outlay (and waste... as I botch initial efforts).

    Does anyone know of a good 'how-to-knit -- for-beginners' website that I can consult? Preferably one with a good glossary and clear illustrations with text instructions?


  • Scully

    Here's a good illustrated site for learning the basics:

    They have photographs and videos so you can learn the techniques. If you are just learning, I would recommend starting with something fairly simple, like a scarf or dishcloth done on moderately sized knitting needles. That way you can concentrate on getting comfortable with a technique, and not worry too much about designs just yet. When you are ready to graduate to something more complicated, try a small item first. It's easy to get discouraged and frustrated when you start a big project and it feels like it's taking a long time to finish.

    I've been knitting since before my 10th birthday. I started with a very simple scarf using discount yarn. From there I made baby booties for all the new babies that were born in my congregation. Then I tried my hand at a baby layette with a hat, sweater and booties. From there I learned to make my own mittens in the winter. When I had my own children, each of them had sweaters and blankets that I made myself. I don't make full sized garments very often, but last winter I made an off-the-shoulder wide collar sweater for one of my girls. One of my favorite projects were the pop-top mitten/fingerless gloves - they were greatly appreciated by the teenagers who didn't know that they came in "cool" colours. A couple of years ago I decided to tackle knitting socks because a family member needed to have some seamless socks due to diabetes (seams in socks can lead to diabetic ulcers on the feet). Again, to get the hang of the technique, I started with baby socks and then started making adult socks. There were a couple of stitches that gave me grief so I looked up the online videos for them and actually sat at the computer with my knitting in hand and worked the stitches while I watched the demo. It also helps to know a few people who don't mind mentoring you as you learn different techniques.

    Here are a couple of patterns that came from a magazine that I subscribe to which I have enjoyed making:

    Children's hat:

    Pop-top mitts:

  • valkyrie

    Thanks for that, Scully! I look forward to deciphering the secret language of knitting patterns, and to producing something a little less dated than a "Doctor Who-scarf"


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