Never knit your man a sweater unless you’ve got the ring! : 22 handsome projects for every level of commitment 9781580176460 by Judith Durant has a variety of patterns for men, ranging from easy to complex. The theory of the book is to make something for your boyfriend that is appropriate for the level of commitment of the relationship. This gives the book a somewhat lighthearted structure. I also found it entertaining to see which models made it further in the book – the youngest guy only made it to the “He’s really cute Beanie” (Apparently he is too early in one’s dating life to be worthy of real commitment.) The book has coasters, 3 scarves, laptop cover, iPod cover (do non-knitters actually use these?), 3 hats, a headband, 3 socks, 3 mittens/gloves, 3 vests, and 3 sweaters.
Just because a pattern is at the beginning of the book does not mean the items would be poor choices for a long-term relationship. TH likes close to half the patterns, with at least the “Let’s go away for the weekend Ski hat” being high on my project list. However, of the 3 vests and 3 sweaters, only 2 patterns were ones he liked. This means that many of the good patterns were some of the easier things that might not require this book to make. I have not actually used any of the patterns, so I don’t know if they are well written or not. After I make the hat, I will let you know if there are any updates.