Time for our monthly check-in with what’s new in men’s knitting patterns!
You know what makes you want to knit a man a cowl? This guy.
Before he put on this super-bulky alpaca cowl, he wasn’t much to look at. But pop on that great-looking neck accessory and a leather coat, and BAM! This simple-but-effective pattern by Los Angeles LYS Knitculture (hilariously called Man Cowl) is free on Ravelry.
All ye Outlander fans really need to check out Rowan magazine issue 56, which features absolutely stunning Scots-inspired colorwork and cabling, including six sweater patterns for men.
My personal favorite is Craggie by Marie Wallin (shown above). That mashup of stranded knitting and cables is luscious.
For another exciting update on the classic men’s cabled sweater, check out Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s Men’s Cabled Knit Sweater. There are a lot of thoughtful details in the construction of this garment—such as instructions for a longer torso and a wider turtleneck—that will ensure a flattering and comfortable fit.
If you enjoy knitting socks, definitely check out the new book Sock Architecture by Lara Neel of Math4Knitters. The book has tons of great information about how to measure for and customize socks to fit any foot—and most of the patterns in the second half of the book would work just as well for men and women, both in terms of sizing and looks.