Apparently it’s been said that you should never knit for your boyfriend. Why? Because if he doesn’t wear/appreciate whatever wonderful knit you’ve spent hours knitting for him, it can cause detriment on the relationship. However, I disagree. I’ve knit for every guy I’ve dated, and while those relationships didn’t last, it wasn’t because my knitwear wasn’t appreciated.
I’ll be honest – I’m always a little nervous to tell a guy I knit. It’s mostly because I’m worried they will think I’m an old lady – going with the stereotype that only those who knit are old, which is obviously completely not true. Surprisingly, I’ve found that every guy I tell – whether he is a potential mate or just a friend, is actually impressed that I knit, and I often get requests for knits (see my post about the Jayne Cobb hat – a request from a guy friend).
In the past, I’ve knit scarves for significant others. Long-term boyfriend got both a grey scarf and a moss stitch white scarf to keep his warm from NY winters – I even let him pick out the yarn. Guy I was seeing got a Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf, made from a super soft but washable yarn from Knitpicks (I made the scarf again for a friend – post will be coming soon! It was much better the 2nd time around).
Right now I’m with an amazing, wonderful guy – Nathan. I wanted to make his something special – not another scarf (although he has requested a scarf, so I’ll make him that next), so I pulled out Judith Durant’s Never Knit Your Man A Sweater (Unless You’ve Got The Ring) book. A word about this book: I picked it up during long-term boyfriend. It has some great patterns from men (and a few not-so-great ones, including vests that your grandfather would wear), including hats, scarves, gloves and computer cases. Oh, and the socks I decided to knit Nathan. If you’ve got a boyfriend (or brother – I’ve made my brothers hats from it) then I highly suggest picking up this book.
Anyway, I decided to make Nathan socks. He’s recently moved to Chicago to get his Master of Law degree in Taxation from Northwestern – and has never lived in Chicago. I grew up there, and being very aware of how cold it is (plus, add the Lake Effect and suddenly the temperature drops 20 degrees), I decided to go with a thick, warm sock. I took a quick trip to my local knitting store, The Flying Needles, where I found Berroco’s Vintage yarn, which is a soft, washable yarn (because we all know guys won’t pay attention to “hand wash and line dry” – just do a washable yarn and save yourself from the heartache of seeing a time-intensive knit shrink).
This was my very first sock project, so I was unsure what to expect. I ended up using the magic loop method instead of double-pointed needles, which I found to be much easier and quicker.
I really like the finished product! I want to knit myself a pair for when I go visit him!
Note: The pattern called for 2 balls of the yarn – I ended up using one and just a few yards of the other one. I would knit a shorter top of the sock and just use one ball – I actually am planning to make another pair that way using the leftover yarn. I also knit elastic thread into the first inch of the cuff – just to help the socks stay up. I ended up using 2 spools of the elastic thread.