Knitting is also for men! In fact, knitting was a male-dominated trade in Europe long ago. Sailors knit their windproof sweaters for long voyages.
Knitting and knitted garments are not only for women and children. They also look incredibly attractive when men wear them, so do not hesitate to knit several pieces for the men in your family.
There is no way that knitting makes you any less of a man. Your gender does not matter because knitting can be beneficial for everyone. It keeps your mind sharp and your joints healthy. It is an excellent skill to learn that is beneficial for everyone who loves creating things.
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What can I knit for my boyfriend?
There is a wide range of things you can knit for your boyfriend, husband, or partner. But you need to choose which color and pattern will suit them best carefully.
- Cotton-knitted tie
The stitches that you will use in this knitting project are subtle, which lets you create something as neutral or grand as you like. Although these types of ties are not as formal as they look, they look quite smart when you pair them with a nice outfit for a special occasion.
- Knitted hat
A knitted hat is a perfect gift, primarily because it is simple and practical. Just choose a stylish pattern that will suit your partner well, and they will surely love it.
- Fingerless gloves
Fingerless gloves are a manly, simple, and useful gift for your partner. It is ideal for men who are always working with their hands, especially during the winter.
Scarves are simple knitting projects that let you create something stylish and practical for your partner. Use a masculine pattern and colors that your partner would love to make sure that he would use it, especially during winter.
- Laptop sweater
Many guys are usually tech addicts, meaning they would have gadgets, such as laptops and tablets, that you could make sweaters for. Make sure that you knit something that would suit his style and his device.
- Drink cozies
Drink cozies are quick knitting projects that you can make for many people in a short amount of time. Anyone can use them, and they could make excellent stocking stuffers this coming holiday season.
Hoodies and sweaters are what girlfriends usually knit for their partners. But if you want to create something that looks smarter yet casual, you can try knitting a vest.
How to knit men’s socks for beginners?
- First, you need to carefully choose the style and color that will look perfect for your partner.
- Creating your gauge is vital, so you need to knit a swatch with your chosen yarn, needles, and stitch patterns. Doing so will ensure that you make something that will fit your partner.
- Calculate your cast on number.
a. Measure the foot circumference of the person you want to make socks for, then start calculating your cast on number.
b. Multiply the foot circumference and stitch gauge numbers.
- Cast on your stitches to double-pointed needles.
- Divide them evenly between your needles.
- Join them carefully, preventing any twists.
- Knit the stitches in your desired stitch pattern.
- Knit the heel flap
a. Place half the stitches on waste yarn or spare needles, and the other half on another needle.
b. Row 1: slip 1, knit 1, repeat this step until you reach the end.
c. Slip 1, purl 1, repeat this step until you reach the end.
d. Repeat these two steps until your heel flap looks square.
- Create some shaping to cup your heel. To turn a heel, you need to work ⅔ of the right side heel stitches, decrease, and turn. Then work ⅓ of the wrong side heel flap, decrease and turn, work to the gap, decrease, and turn, until you reach the end.
If you are working 18 heel stitches, you can easily follow these steps:
a. Slip 1, knit 11, slip, slip, knit together through the back loop, and turn.
b. Row 2: slip 1, purl 5, purl 2 together, and turn.
c. Row 3: slip 1, knit to 1 stitch before the gap, slip, slip, knit together through the back loop, and turn.
d. Row 4: slip 1, purl 1 stitch before the gap, purl 2 together, and turn.
e. Repeat rows 3 to 4 until you work all heel stitches.
- Revert to working in rounds as you create your sock’s gusset.
a. Round 1:
i. Place half of the heel stitches on a free double-pointed needle (dpn).
ii. Pick up the stitches evenly using the same dpn, along the first side of the heel.
iii. Place instep stitches on another needle.
iv. Use one more needle to pick up stitches along the heel’s second side and work the remaining heel stitches.
b. Round 2: Work in a straight pattern stitch.
c. Round 3: use needle 1 to work to the last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1. Use needle 2 to work straight stitches. Use needle 3 to knit 1, slip, slip, knit together through the back loop (ssk) until you reach the end.
d. Round 4: work in a straight pattern stitch.
e. Repeat rounds 3 to 4 until you get back to your original cast on number of stitches.
- Work every round in straight pattern stitches until the foot is 2 ½” shorter than your desired length.
- Arrange the stitches, so ½ (top) are on your needle 2 and ¼ are on your needles 1 and 3.
a. Round 1: use needle 1 to knit to the last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, and knit 1. Use needle 2 to knit 1, ssk, knit to the last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, and knit 1. Use needle 3 to knit 1, ssk, and knit until you reach the end.
b. Round 2: knit until you reach the end.
c. Repeat these two rounds until ⅓ of the stitches, rounded to an even number, remain. Cut the yarn, and leave a long tail for grafting.
How to knit men’s scarf?
- Step 1: Cast on 22 stitches on both needles. Then remove one needle.
- Step 2
a. Row 1 (right side): knit all stitches until you reach the end
b. Row 2 (wrong side): slip stitch 1, then purl all stitches to the end.
c. Row 3: slip stitch 1, then knit to the end.
d. Row 4: slip stitch 1, then purl to the end.
- Step 3: ribbing. Remember to keep your yarn in front of your work.
a. Row 1 (right side): slip stitch 1, then purl 1 knit 1 (p1k1) to the last one stitch, then purl 1.
b. Row 2: slip stitch, slip stitch 1 and knit 1 to the last one stitch, then purl 1.
c. Repeat these rows alternately until you create 12 rows.
- Step 4
a. Row 1: slip stitch 1, then knit to the end.
b. Row 2: slip stitch 1, then purl to the end.
- Step 5. Remember to keep your yarn behind your work.
a. Row 1 (right side): slip stitch 1, (yarn over, slip stitch 1, and knit 1) to the last one stitch, then knit 1.
b. Row 2 and all even rows): slip stitch 1, (purl 1, purl stitch and loop together)
c. Row 3: slip stitch 1, (knit 1, yarn over, and slip stitch 1) to the last one stitch, then knit 1.
d. Repeat these rows until you reach your desired length.
- Repeat steps 4, 3, and 2.
- Cast off, secure your stitches, and hide the tail of your yarn.
How to knit men’s sweater?
- Step 1: cast on 150 stitches (or multiples of 5 stitches) on two knitting needles.
- Make sure that you did not create any twists and all your loops are straight. Ribbing: knit 3, purl 2, until you create 10 rounds.
- Knit all stitches for 80 rounds.
- Increase the number of stitches from both sleeve sides before you start with the sleeves. You should have a total of 160 stitches.
- Slide half of your stitches on the other needle to work with them later.
- Continue knitting half of the stitches. Bind off 4 stitches from both sleeve sides. Knit all stitches on the right side, then purl all stitches on the wrong side for 30 rows.
- Cast off all the 72 stitches, cut the yarn, and secure and hide it.
- Turn your work to start working on the back. Attach the yarn and bind off 4 stitches from both sleeve sides. Knit all stitches on the right side and purl all stitches on the wrong side for about 36 rows.
- Cast off the 72 stitches, cut the yarn, and secure it.
- Cast on 20 stitches for a sleeve. Knit 28 to 30 rows or more, depending on the head circumference.
- Pick up extra 45 stitches, then knit in the round for 8 rounds.
- Gradually decrease the number of stitches. Knit two stitches together one time in each row every other round until there are only 55 stitches.
- Start reducing 1 stitch in 5 rounds until there are only 40 stitches (or another number of multiples of 4).
- Ribbing: purl 2, and knit 2 for 10 rounds. Cast off the 40 stitches and cut the yarn. Connect the last and first stitches and secure and hide the tail of the yarn.
- Join both shoulder pieces to the front and back parts of the sweater.
- Attach your yarn and pick up the stitches for the neck. Pick up as many stitches as possible, then decrease it to the needed number to avoid holes and other imperfections.
- Reduce the number of picked up stitches to 76, then knit all the stitches for 6 rounds.
- Ribbing: purl 2 and knit 2 for 30 rounds. Cast off the 76 stitches and cut the yarn. Connect the last and first stitches and secure the tail of your yarn.
How to knit men’s hat?
- Cast on 72 stitches on two needles, then remove the double-pointed needle and spread the loops on the circular needle.
- Knit in the round – knit 2 and purl 2 for 10 rounds.
- Mark your starting point.
- Make your wrong side as the right side. Then, continue knitting in the opposite direction.
- Knit all stitches until you reach the end, then decrease two stitches.
- Start knitting a new pattern.
a. Round 1: yarn over, skip 1, knit 1, and repeat to the end.
b. Round 2 (and all even-numbered rounds): knit all the stitches to the end.
c. Round 3: knit 1, make a loop, skip 1, and repeat to the end.
d. Repeat these 3 rounds until you create 40 rounds.
- Begin to gradually decrease the number of stitches.
a. Round 1: knit 2 stitches together in 14 stitches.
b. Round 2 (and all even-numbered rounds): knit all stitches to the end.
c. Round 3: knit 2 stitches together in 12 stitches.
d. Round 5: knit 2 together (k2tog) in 10 stitches.
e. Round 7: k2tog in 8 stitches.
f. Round 9: k2tog in 6 stitches.
g. Round 11: k2tog in 4 stitches.
h. Round 13: k2tog in 3 stitches.
i. Round 15: k2tog in 2 stitches.
j. Round 17: k2tog all stitches,
k. Round 18: knit 3 stitches together.
l. Cut the yarn and secure it.