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Debbie Stoller knows that at least half the projects women knit are intended for the men in their lives. She also knows that knitting for a boyfriend or husband or father is full of pitfalls. The answer Son of Stitch 'N Bitch, the hip, smart knitter's guide to knitting for men. A "knitting superstar" (San Francisco Chronicle) and author of the New York Times bestselling S Debbie Stoller knows that at least half the projects women knit are intended for the men in their lives. She also knows that knitting for a boyfriend or husband or father is full of pitfalls. The answer Son of Stitch 'N Bitch, the hip, smart knitter's guide to knitting for men. A "knitting superstar" (San Francisco Chronicle) and author of the New York Times bestselling Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook and other Stitch 'N Bitch books, Debbie Stoller combines fashion savvy with uncommon knitting sense. Here's how to get the right sweater measurement (because size definitely matters)—and why never to bring him along to pick out the yarn. Why "what's your favorite color" is a dangerous question—and how you can't go wrong with luxury yarns for even the most rugged of boyfriends. Best of all, here are 45 edgy, hipster patterns that are guy-vetted and approved, many designed by male master-knitters or women with men as design partners. Here's the Night & Day double-sided Brooklyn Bridge scarf. The Biker Boy sweater with a patch on the shoulder to protect against messenger bag wear and tear. Lucky Socks—think rat pack at the casino. Skull Isle Cap & Mitts. The Ernie sweater. Hangover Helpers—stuffed plush "beermeister" and "whiskey bottle" pillows. The Retropolitan Cardigan, with a geek-chic take on Mr. Rogers. Plus Man Hands (fingerless gloves), a Hackie Sack Hoodie, Pinup Girl Illusion scarf (oh, behave!), and more.


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Debbie Stoller knows that at least half the projects women knit are intended for the men in their lives. She also knows that knitting for a boyfriend or husband or father is full of pitfalls. The answer Son of Stitch 'N Bitch, the hip, smart knitter's guide to knitting for men. A "knitting superstar" (San Francisco Chronicle) and author of the New York Times bestselling S Debbie Stoller knows that at least half the projects women knit are intended for the men in their lives. She also knows that knitting for a boyfriend or husband or father is full of pitfalls. The answer Son of Stitch 'N Bitch, the hip, smart knitter's guide to knitting for men. A "knitting superstar" (San Francisco Chronicle) and author of the New York Times bestselling Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook and other Stitch 'N Bitch books, Debbie Stoller combines fashion savvy with uncommon knitting sense. Here's how to get the right sweater measurement (because size definitely matters)—and why never to bring him along to pick out the yarn. Why "what's your favorite color" is a dangerous question—and how you can't go wrong with luxury yarns for even the most rugged of boyfriends. Best of all, here are 45 edgy, hipster patterns that are guy-vetted and approved, many designed by male master-knitters or women with men as design partners. Here's the Night & Day double-sided Brooklyn Bridge scarf. The Biker Boy sweater with a patch on the shoulder to protect against messenger bag wear and tear. Lucky Socks—think rat pack at the casino. Skull Isle Cap & Mitts. The Ernie sweater. Hangover Helpers—stuffed plush "beermeister" and "whiskey bottle" pillows. The Retropolitan Cardigan, with a geek-chic take on Mr. Rogers. Plus Man Hands (fingerless gloves), a Hackie Sack Hoodie, Pinup Girl Illusion scarf (oh, behave!), and more.

30 review for Son of Stitch 'n Bitch: 45 Projects to Knit and Crochet for Men

  1. 5 out of 5

    Machelle

    Just not what I thought it was going to have.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I checked this book out at the same time I checked out Never Knit Your Man a Sweater, looking for male-friendly patterns to make a gift for my boyfriend's birthday. I preferred the patterns in this book over those in Never Knit Your Man a Sweater. The designs are much more unique and trendy than the other book's bland, boring patterns. If books could have an age, Son of Stitch 'n Bitch would be about 23, while Never Knit Your Man... would be pushing 40. I guess it would depend on the age of the I checked this book out at the same time I checked out Never Knit Your Man a Sweater, looking for male-friendly patterns to make a gift for my boyfriend's birthday. I preferred the patterns in this book over those in Never Knit Your Man a Sweater. The designs are much more unique and trendy than the other book's bland, boring patterns. If books could have an age, Son of Stitch 'n Bitch would be about 23, while Never Knit Your Man... would be pushing 40. I guess it would depend on the age of the man you're knitting for, but the patterns in this book looked more like something you would buy at a store than some homemade shapeless sweater sack, and had just as many options for your level of commitment as Never Knit Your Man a Sweater. I have not tried out any of the patterns yet, but there are definitely several scarves, hats, and gloves I'd like to try - if not for him, then for me! The argyle-patterned scarf shown on the cover is one of my favorites and I'm looking forward to learning how to knit with several colors (I don't know how to do intarsia yet).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    This book started the wave of patterns for men that weren't goofy but were still creative. Before this, I found that many men's patterns were dorky looking things that your stereotypical grandma would knit for your stereotypical grandpa. That situation wasn't awesome if you have boyfriends or male friends who didn't want baggy Aran sweaters. I disagree that this book is all "hipster" patterns. Some of the patterns, yeah, veer that way (vests and guitar straps, I'm looking at you). But there's st This book started the wave of patterns for men that weren't goofy but were still creative. Before this, I found that many men's patterns were dorky looking things that your stereotypical grandma would knit for your stereotypical grandpa. That situation wasn't awesome if you have boyfriends or male friends who didn't want baggy Aran sweaters. I disagree that this book is all "hipster" patterns. Some of the patterns, yeah, veer that way (vests and guitar straps, I'm looking at you). But there's still plenty of updated classics that I'd make for my father (classy-looking scarves), teenage cousins (funky hats) and boyfriend (sweaters, since I'm all about ignoring the sweater curse). The patterns are aimed at advanced beginner or above. So if you're just getting the hang of standardized knitting patterns versus the more hands-on style of beginner books, this is probably a little bit of an adjustment. I've knit a lot of patterns in the book, and I haven't found much errata; I could see where it might make assumptions that would throw off the absolute newbie. Debbie Stoller's first Stitch N Bitch guide is a good reference to have on hand if that's the case.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Soapykitty

    I was suprised and disappointed to see that there are only four crochet patterns in this book and they're nothing special (the roll up scarves only look nice rolled up!) I liked the antlers scarf and the beer bottle pillow but I'm not much of a knitter so I can't make them.Most of the stuff in this book is okay looking but it doesn't look any different from something you could get from the store.It was fun to read the "horror" stories about gals who lovingly make their boyfriends something only I was suprised and disappointed to see that there are only four crochet patterns in this book and they're nothing special (the roll up scarves only look nice rolled up!) I liked the antlers scarf and the beer bottle pillow but I'm not much of a knitter so I can't make them.Most of the stuff in this book is okay looking but it doesn't look any different from something you could get from the store.It was fun to read the "horror" stories about gals who lovingly make their boyfriends something only to be dumped (or divorced) and the history of Men in Knits. Skip this book if you can only crochet.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    There are some nice patterns in this book, but I had to look past some of the yarn choices and envision the garments in colors and yarns that would look better on the men in my life... Kris gave the nod on a few of these, so some may end up in the queue before long.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Mostly knitting.... knitting book authors shouldn't lie in their subtitles. NOT COOL. The only pattern I could imagine making was the Blueprint vest. All of the knitted sweaters seemed pretty nice, though, so knitters should check this out if looking for plain-ish patterns for men and women. Mostly knitting.... knitting book authors shouldn't lie in their subtitles. NOT COOL. The only pattern I could imagine making was the Blueprint vest. All of the knitted sweaters seemed pretty nice, though, so knitters should check this out if looking for plain-ish patterns for men and women.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jody

    Wonderful Parrerns Wonderful variety of easy to follow men's patterns. I had been searching for a cardigan with a shawl collar and found it in this great book. Wonderful Parrerns Wonderful variety of easy to follow men's patterns. I had been searching for a cardigan with a shawl collar and found it in this great book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Meh It doesn't have that great a selection of patterns. Boring. I wish it had a bit more variety. There's a few good ones though. Meh It doesn't have that great a selection of patterns. Boring. I wish it had a bit more variety. There's a few good ones though.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tonileg

    Guy style knitting patterns and a good addition to your holiday knitting gift ideas. I really liked the many hat patterns which I quickly knitted up for the family and men friends in my life, honestly I don't know anyone that deserves a sweater yet, so I didn't linger on the those patterns, but they look modern and cool too. I wish there was less skull motif knitting in the stitch 'n b series, but otherwise good quality easy patterns. Mostly aran medium to bulky sized yarn so everything knits up qu Guy style knitting patterns and a good addition to your holiday knitting gift ideas. I really liked the many hat patterns which I quickly knitted up for the family and men friends in my life, honestly I don't know anyone that deserves a sweater yet, so I didn't linger on the those patterns, but they look modern and cool too. I wish there was less skull motif knitting in the stitch 'n b series, but otherwise good quality easy patterns. Mostly aran medium to bulky sized yarn so everything knits up quick but nothing really advanced or challenging for the expert knitters so for those folks, they should check out Man's Knitting Book: Classic Patterns from the 20's to the 50's which has some fancy old school ideas. 216 pages and bought used for $4.00 3 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn

    I loved the introduction, which gave some history of knitting and some helpful hints for those of us considering creating something for the special men in our lives. I could see my husband wearing the "Smokin'" (106) sweater, minus the shawl collar. "Half-pipe" (46) is a hat I've seen on several men, including an improvised one on a coworker, who actually puts a stocking hat over his ball cap in the winter. "Lidsville" (30) is another classic, which maybe my father-in-law would like. "Treads"(18 I loved the introduction, which gave some history of knitting and some helpful hints for those of us considering creating something for the special men in our lives. I could see my husband wearing the "Smokin'" (106) sweater, minus the shawl collar. "Half-pipe" (46) is a hat I've seen on several men, including an improvised one on a coworker, who actually puts a stocking hat over his ball cap in the winter. "Lidsville" (30) is another classic, which maybe my father-in-law would like. "Treads"(180) is a simple sock pattern with just a little flair. I wonder if Richard would wear them. One pattern creeped me out. "Lucha Libre" ski mask. I'm sure boys like it because it's freaky or "cool," but it's not somoething I could bring myself to look at long enough to make.

  11. 4 out of 5

    J

    Okay, so I admit that I've only made 2 hats from one pattern from this book. As I said in my previous review, I really like a few of the patterns here and the book offers new challenges that the other two SnB books don't include. What I really appreciate about this book was the explanation of double knitting. I've always wanted to do it, have seen other explanations of it, but it didn't click for me until I read through this book's explanation of the technique. Though I haven't made a double knit Okay, so I admit that I've only made 2 hats from one pattern from this book. As I said in my previous review, I really like a few of the patterns here and the book offers new challenges that the other two SnB books don't include. What I really appreciate about this book was the explanation of double knitting. I've always wanted to do it, have seen other explanations of it, but it didn't click for me until I read through this book's explanation of the technique. Though I haven't made a double knitted scarf from this book, I did use the technique to create a different scarf which worked out really well.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    Almost all of the patterns were for knitting, despite a subtitle that boasts 45 Projects to Knit & Crochet for MEN. I liked the anecdotes about "the sweater curse" - where a guy breaks up with his girlfriend after she laboriously creates him a sweater (typically by knitting). I guess some of the sweater patterns were cute if you or a your partner wear that kind of style (and can knit), but the few crochet patterns available were not outstanding. I'm not always a fan of the Stitch 'n' Bitch or Ha Almost all of the patterns were for knitting, despite a subtitle that boasts 45 Projects to Knit & Crochet for MEN. I liked the anecdotes about "the sweater curse" - where a guy breaks up with his girlfriend after she laboriously creates him a sweater (typically by knitting). I guess some of the sweater patterns were cute if you or a your partner wear that kind of style (and can knit), but the few crochet patterns available were not outstanding. I'm not always a fan of the Stitch 'n' Bitch or Happy Hooker stuff though.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    I love love love this book!! I currently have it checked out, and I've already renewed it once. I know I'm going to have to renew it again, and I'm thinking of asking for it for Christmas. I've already made the Celtic Beanie for my step-brother, and I'm in the process of making the Ski Beanie for my step-bro's boyfriend and the Uncle Argyle Scarf for my dad. I'm going to continue with the Celtic Beanie hat (since it knitted up super fast!) and make one for my step-sister's hubby and one for my b I love love love this book!! I currently have it checked out, and I've already renewed it once. I know I'm going to have to renew it again, and I'm thinking of asking for it for Christmas. I've already made the Celtic Beanie for my step-brother, and I'm in the process of making the Ski Beanie for my step-bro's boyfriend and the Uncle Argyle Scarf for my dad. I'm going to continue with the Celtic Beanie hat (since it knitted up super fast!) and make one for my step-sister's hubby and one for my brother.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I am really excited to make several items in this book: the Deady Bear, the ties, a couple of the cardigans, the awesome dice socks. I bought this book hoping it would have a lot of stuff that my husband would like, but I guarantee there is no way in hell he would wear 90% of this stuff. That being said, there are many hilarious and inventive patterns, suited for the more "creative" type of guy. I hate the word "hipster" and I hate stereotyping, but yeah, that's what comes to mind for a lot of th I am really excited to make several items in this book: the Deady Bear, the ties, a couple of the cardigans, the awesome dice socks. I bought this book hoping it would have a lot of stuff that my husband would like, but I guarantee there is no way in hell he would wear 90% of this stuff. That being said, there are many hilarious and inventive patterns, suited for the more "creative" type of guy. I hate the word "hipster" and I hate stereotyping, but yeah, that's what comes to mind for a lot of these patterns. Don't know a better way to describe the vibe.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was incredibly disappointed that this book was written for the modern crafty gal knitting for her boyfriend instead of boy knitters. Doesn't seem like a huge difference thinking abstractly, but I found it becomes very tiresome to continuously read about how to read between the lines of what your BF REALLY wants in a knit garment. That and it made it a much more disappointing xmas gift for my knitting brother. I was incredibly disappointed that this book was written for the modern crafty gal knitting for her boyfriend instead of boy knitters. Doesn't seem like a huge difference thinking abstractly, but I found it becomes very tiresome to continuously read about how to read between the lines of what your BF REALLY wants in a knit garment. That and it made it a much more disappointing xmas gift for my knitting brother.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This book would have been a lot better if I knew how to knit. Unfortunately I don't, but if someone does this has really neat patterns. Another problem I have with this book and the other book by Debbie Stoller "Happy Hooker" is I wish they would give some sort of gauge as to how difficult the patterns are. There is nothing to key you in as to whether the pattern you are looking at is easy or difficult. This book would have been a lot better if I knew how to knit. Unfortunately I don't, but if someone does this has really neat patterns. Another problem I have with this book and the other book by Debbie Stoller "Happy Hooker" is I wish they would give some sort of gauge as to how difficult the patterns are. There is nothing to key you in as to whether the pattern you are looking at is easy or difficult.

  17. 4 out of 5

    mtthw

    Just like the "Happy Hoooker" book, these patterns were a bit too self awake for my liking (think Stuff white People Like). And while the book touts itself as crochet and knitting, it is mostly knitting. If i were a kitter, there was one lovely sweater and maybe that would have been enough. Also, it felt very, very dated already. Just like the "Happy Hoooker" book, these patterns were a bit too self awake for my liking (think Stuff white People Like). And while the book touts itself as crochet and knitting, it is mostly knitting. If i were a kitter, there was one lovely sweater and maybe that would have been enough. Also, it felt very, very dated already.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rat de bibliothèque

    My biggest problem in this book was the instructions for the "Smoking" sweater. I started knitting it for my husband. I got close to the end and saw that in the beginning when it says I should set aside 8 stitches on a holder - that it should have said to set those 8 stitches aside on BOTH sides. I don't think I've seen any or much errata available for these books. My biggest problem in this book was the instructions for the "Smoking" sweater. I started knitting it for my husband. I got close to the end and saw that in the beginning when it says I should set aside 8 stitches on a holder - that it should have said to set those 8 stitches aside on BOTH sides. I don't think I've seen any or much errata available for these books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This book as a variety of crochet and knitting projects for that are fantastic. It's all cool patterns that are designed with guys in mind, but quite a few patterns are great for the no-pink please girls in your life. The patterns are easy to follow and come out great! Plus there are projects for all levels from beginners to "I got this down". Great book for yarnies. This book as a variety of crochet and knitting projects for that are fantastic. It's all cool patterns that are designed with guys in mind, but quite a few patterns are great for the no-pink please girls in your life. The patterns are easy to follow and come out great! Plus there are projects for all levels from beginners to "I got this down". Great book for yarnies.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    The projects in this book are similar to ones in her other books (although the stripper scarf is a weird addition and kind of in poor taste). My husband thought most of these patterns looked very nice and has already requested some things in here. This book requires that you have a good hand on the techniques in her other books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anne Hawn Smith

    This is a good book for men's sweaters. I got it for the "mask" Balaclava. I planned to make it for TE and Evan, but it proved to be too difficult without having the boys around to fit it too. It is a very clever pattern though. There is also a pattern for a silhouette scarf which is very intriguing. All in all, it is a good book and I plan to make more patterns from it. This is a good book for men's sweaters. I got it for the "mask" Balaclava. I planned to make it for TE and Evan, but it proved to be too difficult without having the boys around to fit it too. It is a very clever pattern though. There is also a pattern for a silhouette scarf which is very intriguing. All in all, it is a good book and I plan to make more patterns from it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sybylla

    I laughed and talked a lot on Facebook about the introduction to this book, Debbie Stoller's razor-witted version of the talking-to that begins every men's knits book I've ever seen. There are some really great rules in that introduction. And then the patterns break every one of them. It seems I'm just not tacky enough for Stoller's designs, but there are some gems in here. I laughed and talked a lot on Facebook about the introduction to this book, Debbie Stoller's razor-witted version of the talking-to that begins every men's knits book I've ever seen. There are some really great rules in that introduction. And then the patterns break every one of them. It seems I'm just not tacky enough for Stoller's designs, but there are some gems in here.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lacee Lambert

    So far so good....I agree with what she says in the forward these are definitely patterns of things men really like. I'm grateful that I saw this on the end cap. Now I just gotta get me some wool so that I can make some of this stuff for my hubby and brother. So far so good....I agree with what she says in the forward these are definitely patterns of things men really like. I'm grateful that I saw this on the end cap. Now I just gotta get me some wool so that I can make some of this stuff for my hubby and brother.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Some more kick ass patterns. All for the men in your life (or if your like me you will steal some for yourself). There is a robot tie and an Ernie sweater! Those were two of my favorites. My boyfriend has half the pages in this book dog eared so that I know which ones he wants.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    The patterns are interesting, and the pictures show the finished items well. I saved a few of them for knitting later. But my favourite part of this book was the stories in the introduction about knitting projects gone wrong (or right, in a few cases).

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    For some reason, it's hard to find stuff to knit for guys that doesn't look completely awful. There are some nice hats and scarves in here, and a few decent (and a few not-so-decent) sweaters. For some reason, it's hard to find stuff to knit for guys that doesn't look completely awful. There are some nice hats and scarves in here, and a few decent (and a few not-so-decent) sweaters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Noni

    Not the star of the SnB stable - a few too many scarves and - but a couple a interesting jerseys.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    There is really nothing in this book that I wouldn't make. I have never said this before about any knitting book! There is really nothing in this book that I wouldn't make. I have never said this before about any knitting book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    any dudes want a robot or skully tie? if i were a dude i'd want one. or maybe an argyle scarf... any dudes want a robot or skully tie? if i were a dude i'd want one. or maybe an argyle scarf...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I usually like this series, and if I was looking for more patterns for guys I would use this book.

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