Men’s knitting roundup #5

It’s hotter than blazes here in central Texas, and it will be for a while. Still, we knitters have to knit into the future, don’t we? This year, I’d really like to be that knitter who has made the mittens before they’re needed.

In that spirit, let’s take a look at some of the newer men’s sweater patterns for this fall….


Ann Budd is a master of the classic design, and her new Goat Herder Pullover showcases that talent perfectly. There’s just enough texture here to please the knitter, while still maintaining an unfussy look that will appeal to many men.

I also appreciate how well fitted this sweater appears to be around the shoulders. (On both men and women, sweaters are much more flattering if they fit snugly but not tightly across the shoulders.)

This is originally worked in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, but you could readily substitute a less costly worsted-weight wool if you wished.

Plus: hello, adorable floppy mohawk. Good to see some variety in the modeling.

Speaking of a well-fitted garment: look at what happens when you make the ease on a men’s sweater 1″ instead of the standard 4″ …


Meow, that’s what. This is Ann Weaver’s James Dean Verdant Pullover, published in the recent collection Silver Screen Knits: Volume Two, edited by Kathleen Lawton-Trask. The book includes 11 other luscious designs—two more for men and nine for women—all inspired by classic film stars.

The genius of Ann’s pullover is all in the details. The shaping is impeccable, with an emphasis on PEC. If you’re knitting for someone with a muscular chest—perhaps it’s yourself?—this will look fantastic. The fitted sleeves and not-too-deep V-neck also emphasize a muscular shape. Some nice twisted ribbing details at the cuff and hem elevate the design further. You’d want to take the wearer’s measurements carefully before knitting this, because fit is everything here.


I have a new sweater pattern for men out as well! This one, called the Colonel Henley (Ravelry link), was commissioned by the lovely people at Spud & Chloe, and designed with Sweater, a cozy blend of wool and cotton that’s perfect both for transitional weather and for the warmer internal temperatures that men often have.

I’m especially proud of the construction on this garment: it starts at the neck, building out the saddle shoulders and working down from there in one piece. The instructions include some waist shaping, and the overall effect is slimming. I was going for a kind of “updated retro” look. Finished chest sizes range from 35–55.5 inches.

DMK Podcast Episode 12: Re-entry



I’ve been out of the country for quite a while, so this episode focuses on the theme of re-entry: what happens when you pull yourself completely out of context (one answer: I found it quite inspiring!) and then come back home to regular life (one answer: start re-thinking regular life a bit!). Some details about my trip to France and Italy and we catch up on some projects that have finally gotten finished.

This episode’s technique tip: how to pick up the right number of stitches along a vertical or diagonal edge.

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Podcast dispatch from France #1

I’ll be posting video dispatches from my five-week European trip onto my Dark Matter Knits YouTube channel ( In fact, I’ll probably be migrating entirely over to YouTube after I return. (It’s free and I don’t have to condense the videos and lose video quality.)

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Podcast Episode 10: Fiber and Fabric



This has actually been up for a few days, but I only just had time to type up the show notes!

Have you ever substituted in a different yarn than was called for in the pattern—only to find that your finished object looked NOTHING like the original, and in fact was a complete flop? Today, we focus on the different qualities of some of the major fibers that yarns are made out of. We’ll also talk about how yarns are constructed. Using this information, you can make more informed choices when substituting yarns … which means happier knitting!

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