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Men Who Knit



To promote and inspire men who knit.



 



How Time Flies

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:23:43 +0000

I can't believe it's been over 3 years since I've been on this site. Or posted anything.

It's not that I haven't been knitting in that time. I've done several large pieces mostly, and mostly as gifts for other people. Inspiration sort of waxes and wanes, I guess. I have several pieces sort of languishing unfinished in the closet next to me as I sit at the computer right now.

However, I just finished a piece yesterday I thought I'd share. Though the inspiration comes from a rather sad source: At the end of July I lost my best friend and companion, Trotwood -- Trot for short -- after a brief illness. He's pictured next to me in that now rather old profile photo, the two of us in happier times.

Needless to say, after our 10+ years together, his absence has left me not only heartbroken but also kind of adrift. So I've been trying to channel the pain/loss in more positive/creative ways. Trying to find some proper way to pay tribute to this little guy who gave me so much and added to my life in countless ways. But the piece pretty much sums it all up, how much he meant to me.

It's only about 3.5 feet square. But I've attempted to incorporate things I've really not tried before: basically monochromatic, more pictorial charts, etc. There are no more than 5 colors in any one section, though there were as many as 25 different strands of yarn working on one section at times. All of the "portrait" sections are based on actual photos taken over the years.

It's not the best photo -- crappy camera on the iPod -- and it was hard to remain in focus while standing on a stool trying not to smack my head on the ceiling in order to keep it in proper perspective more or less. Still I thought I'd share with you all.

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Spirit Day

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:40:48 +0000

Once again, I write a rare blog post for this group.

However, I want to remind everyone that October 19th is Spirit Day. A day to show support for our youth - especially LGBTQ youth - as they deal with bullying. In this time of turmoil in the world, they need to know that there are adults who choose to love them and respect their right to be who they are. No qualifiers. No strings attached. No judgement. Just acceptance and support.

Please, more than ever, be one of those adults.




Hurricane Irma

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 04:01:31 +0000

To all my fellow Floridians, I hope you all are safe and sound.

Mark




Baltimore, MD

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:24:02 +0000

Is there a men's knitting group in the Baltimore area? If not, would anyone like to form one with me?




Baltimore, MD

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:24:02 +0000

Is there a men's knitting group in the Baltimore area? If not, would anyone like to form one with me?




Progress on Sock

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 14:47:16 +0000

Hi guys,
I made some modifications to two patterns and melded them together in this sock. Originally, it said to begin and end each row with a purl stitch. Even though it can be done, I really dislike starting a row in the round with a purl stitch; just my personal preference. So, I just moved the side cables closer to the center main cable and added three stockinette stitches on either side and decreased the purl stitches accordingly. Here is the result.
Mark

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Sweater

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:45:24 +0000

Just finished a sweater for a friend. Briggs and Little sport yarn and 3.5 mm needles. I love working with their yarn. Knit in pieces.

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Red Dye Bleed

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 02:29:29 +0000

A friend of mine has a sweatshirt given to him by the Carpenters back in the 1970s. It's a white cotton sweatshirt with the Carpenters' logo stitched in red. Over the years, the red dye has bled down and has given the area under the logo slightly pink for a couple inches. Does anyone know how he might be able to get the pink bleed out without damaging the sweatshirt or the logo?
Thanks.

Mark




Update: Question about Sock Pattern Chart

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:16:59 +0000

Hello Guys,
I found a pattern for a pair of socks that I think I'll make. I have a question though, the charts are numbered with odd numbers up the right side and even up the left side. I made an afghan like that and found that I had to read the odd numbered rows from right to left and then the even numbered rows from left to right. I am attaching the pattern that was free to download from Ravelry. Would someone please look at charts on page 4 and see what you think. My best guess is that all the rows start at the right-hand side and work left, then reading the even rounds, change the dots (purl) to dots (knit) and visa versa.

After studying it for awhile, I see that the pattern is bilaterally symmetrical, so perhaps it doesn't really make a difference. I'd still like someone else take a look at it to let me know what you think.

I'm also trying to find a good way to begin rows with purl stitches without getting "ladders".

Thanks.
Mark

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Current Project

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:24:53 +0000

My current Jacquard project, inspired by Moroccan design. It's building up to be a large square. Not just how it will end up.
Update:
In case any of you guys want to have a go at it, I'm posting the pattern. It's quite an easy one to repeat... I think...

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Men's sock patterns

Mon, 08 May 2017 17:31:04 +0000

Novice knitter really enjoying making socks. Seems like most patterns are for women altered to men's sizing. I find much errata in these. Also looking for something lighter for warm weather, most are done in wool however I've never used any sock weight other than wool. Any suggestions?




24 days left

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:55:54 +0000

Just 24 days left in this school year (with students). I will be so glad to begin the summer knitting as much as possible. Tomorrow Geraldine, the Yarn Truck comes to my town. Hope to knit then too.




Indianapolis

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:27:12 +0000

Where is everyone? I'm at the Mass Ave knitting retreat. Only guy here. Am I alone I Indy? Here for the next three weeks.




Winter is coming!--- Yes for the Southern Hemisphere!

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 01:23:37 +0000

Most of the blogs I read on this site exclaim that spring and summer are coming---- not so for us in the Southern Hemisphere. I needed a new scarf so created the one pictured. It has great draping properties and is sooo warm. I just hope that I do not misplace it somewhere like a cafe.

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New Knitting machine Kickstart

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:15:49 +0000

I wrote a article a while back about "Open Knit" machine where you could build your own knitting machine Although a great idea most of us don't necessarily have the skill set to build such a machine. The inventors also found after many prototypes it wasn't very practical to get the necessary level of precision to be reliable for self builders.

So via a kickstart project they are launching a commercial machine you can buy and works from your PC or Mac their web address http://www.kniterate.com. This machine allows you to automate the process of making a sweater or garment so you can concentrate on your design. It automates cast-on, cast-off, increasing and decreasing and shaping, While allowing you to do your own patterns more simply on a computer. So design starts to become more a factor in your knitting as not constrained by limitations of the machines which most current hobbyist machines are 20 years or older. (i.e. antiques).

For me this is what I have been waiting for a knitting machine for hobbyist who want concentrate on the garments design incorporating features of more expensive industrial machines costing thousands of dollars more. Which most of our cloths are currently made on such machines. In terms of what this machine can do compared to the current antique manual or semi automatic machines, Passap, Singer, Silver Reed or Brother is a level of complexity higher.

Personally for me it is still a waiting game as the ability to buy one is currently only available in UK, US, Canada and Europe. Being in Australia I will have to be a little more patient. In the scheme of things the machine is still expensive if you do your knitting the traditional way but the advantages is completing projects and design are worth it.

I thought I write a blog entry as some may find it interesting.
Video Link: http://www.kniterate.com/wp-content/themes/stockholm/kickStarterLanding/video/video.mp4

My own knitting has taken a rest at the moment as in the process of moving home in Sydney to the country Braidwood, NSW. Looking forward to the move and getting back into my knitting. Plan to knit a few sweaters on my old Passap machine.

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Spring is here.

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:09:54 +0000

Today is the first day of Spring and I'm extremely grateful. Friends and family have pointed out the fact that Wyoming often has wintry conditions until mid-May but we've had a long warm spell this past week and I don't mind a bit. As I told them, "Even if we are having snow and cold, it still matters that it is Spring and we can anticipate the longer days and the return of warm weather."

It has also encouraged me to get knitting and finish up the ongoing projects that have dragged out for the past several months: a shawl/scarf; a hat; the first of a pair of socks, and a washcloth. [Let alone the liturgical stole that was frogged after a couple of years, restarted and then left idle for several months.]

I hope you are all blessed with warm weather and lots of time to knit.

Take care.




Colostomy bag cover

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:35:18 +0000

I have done some research this evening and can't find any patterns for a colostomy bag cover. A friend of mine had his perforated bowel removed a year ago and has to wear a bag now for the rest of his life unless they can figure out some way to restore things inside. Until then, he needs a bit of a boost. He hasn't been intimate with anyone so I thought he might like something a bit more than just a girdle type piece of cloth to cover it.

So....I am looking for a knitting pattern for a colostomy bag for a male. I doubt I will find one but one never knows. I am going to ask him for a bag and will use it as a pattern and use maybe soft bamboo or cotton yarn. Since no one has any knitted bags online that I can find, once I figure it out, I am going to publish a pattern if I have to write one.

If you happen to know of any patterns or know of anyone who wears a bag, do you know what they might like? I will ask my friend all this too but getting other people's input is always good too.

Thanks, my friends. This is important to me, so pattern or not, I am going to forge ahead and get it done.

Tallguy: You see, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and going to write my own pattern. Ha!

Mark




Sock Yarn Sweater pattern

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:17:31 +0000

Hello guys,
I am still searching for a men's sweater pattern that I can use with sock yarn. Sadly, I haven't made any progress. I would use a pattern that I already have, but I fear I am not skilled enough to make the needed adjustment from worsted weight. I am not at the point in my knitting where I can rewrite patterns on the fly. Yes, I know I should be brave and just dive in and work through it, but I don't want to pay the money for good wool yarn and then waste it or get too frustrated and just store it in a bin for another time. The reason I am looking for sock weight yarn is because here in FL, we get some chilly days and night but not cold enough to warrant a thick sweater.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Mark




How to handle haters

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 05:46:16 +0000

I am new to the knitting game, but it seems male knitting is looked down upon. Even some of my best friends look at me strange when I talk about my knitting. What are some of yalls experience and how do y'all handle it?




Doormat pattern

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:32:32 +0000

Anyone out there know of a beginner doormat pattern? And what kind of yarn would be good to use with it? Thanks!




Percy Sweater Riff

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 14:29:18 +0000

It's been a while since I've posted on this sight but all is well and I am still knitting. Finished a sweater yesterday and thought I'd start the new year off by adding a photo. It is a riff on a Martin Storey pattern "Percy Sweater" he did for Rowen. It is in their book Classic 4 Ply Designs for Men and Women. I modified his pattern to fit and changed the collar. I used Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 120 color charcoal. It feels great on the body. Hope everyone had a happy new year's eve.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 22:43:55 +0000

Here's wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!

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Mark




Guidelines for Felting

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:18:34 +0000

I want to try my hand at felting something and I need some guidelines. Is there a rule of thumb for how to calculate how big to originally knit the item to achieve a certain smaller size after blocking? I want to knit a doll's jumper and felt it. I know the final size I want to achieve with the felted garment but I have no idea how large to make it first. Help will be most gratefully accepted!




SOS Short Rows! The needles and yarn are back in circulation!

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:10:51 +0000

Hello again everyone.

I dove back into my needle and yarn collection a couple months ago with some projects behind me now. Feel free to check them out on my Instagram: @fitterknitter

I need help and couldn't think of a better group to ask. I want to scale this bandana cowl down (There is also a photo attached)

https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2011/10/11/sweet-stitching-with-erin-bandana-cowl/

Their gauge is 16 st 6 rows = 4" bulky yarn US 10 needles

The neck measurement is 12" i'd like the cowl to be 14 -16" circumference so that it drapes a little after blocking.
With the scale down it seems like worsted weight yarn with size8 needles right off the bat is the right fit. Does this seem correct?

As for the rest, can anyone help me figure out the formula including short rows to scale down to the measurement and gauge I want?

Feels good to be back in the throw of things!!! Hope everyone's been well!

Best,
Edwin

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Eyelet Lace Cable Afghan

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:05:42 +0000

It took three months, but I finally finished the afghan for my son's Christmas present. Cables, oy!
I used Galway Highland Heather pure wool. Plymouth Yarn sells it. I used 10 skeins, each 210 yards. I'm not sure I will use this yarn again as it irritated my forearms and made them itch pretty badly after an hour or so. Thankfully, no rash.

I would like to wash it now and I'm looking for suggestions. I am planning on soaking it in my washing machine but not spinning it. After soaking, I am going to rinse it and then add some fragrance-free hair conditioner to soften it up a bit and maybe make it less irritating. I understand that wool has barbs in each hair and that can cause it to be a bit annoying on bare skin. My son will be using it while wearing sweats, so I'm too concerned about it.

My question: Should I just dry this as I would a sweater and should I block it? Any tricks as to an easy way to do both?

Thanks.
Mark

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Knitting Callus

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 06:04:26 +0000

Either I'm knitting too much, or there is something wrong with my needles!

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Finished Boy's Setesdal style sweater

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:30:32 +0000

Well, here it is! After a couple of months looking at the fabric, the ribbon, the whole concept of sewing a collar without a pattern and CUTTING my knit garment, I just bit the bullet and did it!! And I'm so happy I did!

I know that knitting doesn't unravel horizontally. But my soul ached at the thought. I'm not new to steeks, either. Just a primal fear that the hours of work will all end up in a knotted mess on the floor!

So, the particulars: 100% alpaca yarn (here's the stuff: http://alpacayarn.shptron.com/c/yarn), pewter clasp I found on Etsy, ribbon from JoAnn's (OK, it's not traditional... he'll grow out of the sweater in about 2 years). About 1 month of regular knitting, one month of fretting over how to put it together, one evening of finishing the collar and trim.

That's my son modeling it. After weeks of begging if he can still wear shorts to school (NO! It's 28 degrees this morning!!!), he wants to know when he can wear this. Now the conversation is that he's going to find it QUITE warm!! LOL

Hope you all enjoy!

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Sweater

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:35:48 +0000

I knit a sweater for my friend Miguel and would like to share the photos. I had 8 skeins of charcoal and 8 skeins of different colours left over from various projects. The sweater is a top down and knitted in the round. Because it is Shetland wool the steek needed no reinforcement before cutting. It is a V neck and I tried three different ways of making the shawl collar before I did one that I liked. I used 3.25 needles for the sweater and 2.75 for the ribbing, and button band / collar. Colours were changed at the steek with spit splicing. On the sleeves I carried the black along and spit spliced the other colours and they blended well together. I did not do anything with the jog as I figured it would not be that visible on the under side of the sleeve.

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Unkink previously knitted silk yarn

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 04:14:39 +0000

Anyone have any ideas on how to unkink previously knitted silk yarn. Can't find anything on Google.
Know soaking and hanging a skein of wool will get rid of kinks, but not sure I want to try this until I get information from someone who has done it before.
Have just knitted a silk scarf, but not happy with the edges rolling (not to mention a couple of mistakes I made knitting an I cord edge), so would like to start over, sans mistakes.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks. Drew




Portuguese Knitting Update Review

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:06:05 +0000

It’s now been 2 ½ months since I took the Craftsy class on Portuguese knitting. For those who are interested, I thought I’d give a progress report. Learning to knit, purl and rib was a bit of a challenge as I kept doing yarn-overs. The swatches looked like those I produced when I was first learning to knit - unintentional lace. It didn’t take long to get the hang of making the stitches with the yarn coming at the needles in a different direction. Making the stitches with my thumb was surprisingly simple and actually gratifying. So far so good. But then came the big challenge. Tensioning the yarn-feed was the biggest worry and greatest obstacle to overcome. First, I tried feeding the yarn over my neck as well as through the shirt pin and found the latter to be more comfortable and satisfactory. It is totally a matter of personal preference. If you worry about putting holes in your shirt (I don’t own any expensive clothes so I don’t care), you can always purchase a knitting pin which has a strong magnet to hold it in place (readily available on Etsy). I have both but the pin is my preferred tool. The challenge was and remains feeding/tensioning the yarn running through my right hand. I tried a number of different ways of running the yarn strand through the fingers of my right hand and finally settled on putting it over the ring finger (the middle finger is the usual choice). However, although I could achieve the correct gauge of the fabric, tensioning the feed was always difficult. Either I would keep it too tight, resulting in tight stitches on the needle and the work moving right up to my chin, or I’d have it too loose and I couldn’t make the stitches in the first place. I’ve now knitted about a dozen skeins of knitting wool since beginning, mostly on jumpers for 16 – 23” dolls (ending up with a lot of clothes) and I’ve almost got it licked. It doesn’t cause me the grief as it did in the beginning. A few weeks ago, I thought I’d knit something in one of the other styles so I did the ribbing in English and the body in Combination (which is a great way to knit, too). I hated it and didn’t care much for the look of the stitches so it was ripped and reworked in Portuguese – a far more pleasant knitting experience and a nicer finished project. I find using the thumb to place the yarn is easier on my hands but don’t be fooled – both hands still make the stitches. This method is faster but speed isn’t everything, except perhaps with ribbing when I am desperate to get that part of the project done (hate doing rib!). I am convinced that my stitches and rows are more even now and I have minimal rowing-out because of the way the purl row is made. And, if you KIP, people are enthralled by the yarn travelling through the pin! As someone recently said to me who’s watched me knit Portuguese from the beginning, “It looks a bit dodgy but you are getting a good result!” I’ve not yet tried this with stranded colour work but that’s coming as soon as I’m 100% comfortable with the tensioning of the yarn-feed. I’m wondering how easily I’ll give up my old, proven method to try this on. The two Craftsy classes I found most helpful are "Knit Faster with Portuguese Knitting" by A[...]