Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Knitting/Crocheting for Men

Happy Wednesday Everyone,

I have been very lax about adding to my blog.  I have been away too much, summer heat etc are all good excuses.  Truth is I have been so busy trying to come up with new designs and class proposals, that my days are just flying by. 

I have been trying very hard to come up with some men's patterns in crochet.  I have been asked over and again "why no great men's patterns in crochet".   One of the reasons, is that many crochet patterns look very lacy and feminine, the more textured patterns tend to be very heavy. 

A while ago, I did design a man's sweater, combining knit with entrelac crochet, which is a form of Tunisian Crochet.  No one was interested in it because of the combination, reasoning that all crocheters do not knit, and all knitters do not crochet.  I liked the sweater, so I self published it, adding it to my  2 other self published patterns (my only adventure into self publishing).  I must admit, that it is not selling very well, so the publishers were right.  I got the idea of adding the knitted sleeves to the crocheted body of the sweater hoping to make a less bulky, easier to wear garment. 

I had previously made a child's cardigan, with the sleeves all in Tunisian Stitch, and that pattern sells very well www.margarethubertoriginals.com .  There must be an answer here.  Crocheters want to make sweaters for the men in their life, so I will keep trying to come up with something.

We have a gorgeous day today (two in a row), so hopefully I will get a lot done.

Enjoy your day,

Margaret

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