Its Father’s Day this weekend, and thankfully those tight grips have been loosened up on tv remotes after the Stanley Cup excitement played out between rival teams from Boston and Vancouver. Now its on to golf, and baseball, and soccer…….
In celebration of fathers, brothers, husbands, and boyfriends everywhere, here is a bit of inspiration for summer knitting projects with the Top Ten Sweaters For Men-
New from Katia Book No. 65 and right on target with crisp nautical stripes that spell s-u-m-m-e-r. This lightweight pullover is knit in Lino, an outstanding linen yarn that only gets better and better with wear. Available in eighteen colours, ranging from bright and sassy, to subtle and earthy.
Here comes another popular yarn in the Katia line-up; Linen, two friendly plant-based fibres spun together, cotton for substance and linen for comfort and coolness. Opt for this Vee style jersey knit in natural greige with a seperate side panel striped in khaki. Sewn as an underarm insert it gives this design a hint of euro flair.
Jack’s Striped Guernsey is part of the Spring/Summer Collection of designs in Eco Family by Debbie Bliss showcasing a smooth organic cotton in two different weights; sport and aran. Think of cool summer breezes and striped awnings with this simple to knit boat neck pullover. Eco is available in twenty-eight shades including- celadon, claret, and sea green.
Sublime puts a modern twist on traditional ribbing as crew neck sweaters continue to top the list of favorites for men. This design knits up effortlessly in Cashmere Merino Silk DK with the perfect shopping list of ingredients in a luxury yarn. Choose from thirty-nine richly hued shades including miss scarlet (shown above).
For sporty lads and dads, on or off the field, it can only be classic cables and stripes. Sirdar leaflet #9411 has the size range for every guy in the family. Knit in Click DK, a premium washable wool blend with thirty-one colours, including four more spicy marls.
Certain to be one of his all-time faves, a relaxed fitting shawl collar sweater in a super thick and cosy yarn- Denim Ultra from Sirdar. Beginners adore this lightweight combo- cotton/wool/acrylic in a yarn that works up lickety split on 10 mm needles. Look for two new marled colours (shown above) at your LYS this summer.
A meticiously crafted interpretation of a timeless Aran design, knit in Country Style DK by Sirdar. Remember this highly respected yarn, the one that stood the test of time? Well…….. its back! Redesigned with a slightly higher wool content and converted into the original 50 gram balls that knitters stated as their preference. On the way to store shelves next month in all twenty-three retro shades.
A touch of fairisle tradition from Viking Garn in Eco Alpaca. This is a must-have zip neck design for weekend wear. Natural undyed alpaca in seven hard-to-resist shades makes this chunky weight yarn the ideal choice for the rugged outdoors.
On the needles now, a deliciously new addition to the Sirdar range capturing our attention while revealing its surprisingly soft texture and excellent yardage. Simply Recycled, a washable blend of recycled cotton and acrylic in a double knitting quality, primed and ready to go with eight natural shades to contemplate. Men who shy away from busy prints and patterns in knitwear, may find leaflet #9430 to their liking, with a subtle interplay of knits and purls creating a basketweave effect.
Jane Ellison turns her design talents to a younger generation of men, in this compilation of patterns for Noro. In Montaro, a casual hoodie, Kureyon and Cash Iroha are the two yarns that interchange over and over in a fascinating stripey fashion.