Men and CrochetBy Veronica Smith – 32 Comments
Men and any craft actually, pose a bit of a problem and I truly hate that. Firstly, there is the difficulty in finding suitable patterns for men. Then there are the ‘are they too girly’ patterns. Will he wear a crochet item? Does he feel isolated if he does crochet?
Let’s address these problems. Obviously this is only my point of view and people are more than welcome to disagree with me.
a) Difficulty in finding suitable patterns – have you tried finding nice patterns for men? When I first started to look for patterns for hubby I was looking mostly in pattern books and websites that are produced by the yarn manufacturers. If a pattern existed it was usually horrible. Don’t get me wrong there are quite a few nice beanie and scarf patterns. But try and find a sweater for a young guy. Then I discovered two male designers, I am sure there are more out there, I am still looking. Drew Emborsky and Peter Franzi, both are very talented designers who make a range of patterns for men. Excellent quality and styles. However beyond this our hands are tied. I live on the east coast of Australia so more than one jumper (a.k.a sweater) is not really a requirement because it’s way too hot, unless of course your man can’t be seen in the same outfit twice, but I know there are many places where a jumper is a must for a large percentage of the year so more than one design would be great.
b) ‘Are the patterns too girly’ – There are things I would never subject any man to. Just my opinion, please nobody take any offense, we are all individuals here. A crochet tie is out of the question, there are wallets and phone holders although some really are not suitable for a man, choose carefully. I showed my father-in-law a picture of golf club covers and he said he would write me out of the will, so that was a no from him. I suppose all this is subjective to age and culture.
c) Will he wear a crocheted item? – I have actually met men that will wear a homemade knitted jumper but not a crochet one because crochet is perceived by them as girly, even though the pattern is not feminine. So that is a state of mind that needs to be altered. Hopefully, we can work on that though.
d) Are men isolated if they crochet? – This is a tricky one, the two male designers I mentioned before are big designers and have no issues. My father, who would be 88 if he were still with me, knitted and did needlework to perfection. During the war whilst in hospitals they knitted socks for the troops, he was the only one who could ‘turn the heel’ and do the toe, so the others would do what they could and he did ‘heel and toe’. Didn’t bother him in the slightest. However when he was home and was doing any handcraft he shoved it down the cushions of the sofa when visitors came! I think we should encourage men to crochet and not hide the fact! It is 2011 after all.
What do you think about men and crochet?