Is your next pattern project a men’s knitted jumper?
Something that’ll keep them warm throughout the colder months, we’re firm believers that handmade jumpers make lovely gifts for men.
But we’re all too aware that some men would cringe at the idea of wearing one – think Mark Darcy rocking a Christmas jumper featuring a red-nosed reindeer in Bridget Jones’ Diary.
Fortunately, we’re here to help you change their minds.
Follow our tips below and there’s no way you’ll find the sweater hidden beneath T-shirts in the bottom drawer – it’ll be a garment he wears with pride.
Tips for making the perfect men’s knitted jumper
1. Never choose a pattern that’s greater than your ability. You’ll probably never get to finish it or it will just take you forever to knit and you’ll never get a professional finish.
2. Choose a design that has texture. It won’t look shop bought with masses of stocking-stitch, as only real experts can manage an even tension and smooth finish. Choosing a textured stitch, like the pattern above, is a better option as it disguises uneven knitting and is easier to achieve a polished finish.
3. Make sure that you knit the right size. Take time to work out which will be the best fit. And we know it’s really boring but checking your tension means that you should get this correct. We all remember the polo neck jumper in the advert for the Roses chocolates, don’t we?
4. Take your time when making up your garment. Our knitting expert Tina has some advice on making up in this video.
5. Take care with cleaning your completed knit. Be sure it doesn’t shrink or stretch. Follow the yarn care advice given on the ball band. Any washable yarns should be turned inside out to keep them from pilling to a minimum. Otherwise you risk a misshapen mess a la Barbara Good’s knitted sweaters in The Good Life.