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In the Ravelry pattern database out of the 473 710 registered knitting patterns 283 758 or about 60% have a value for the gender property, with the following distribution by value:
Out of 94 223 sweater patterns 79 848 have the gender property set, with the following distribution by value:
So only 1 out of 10 patterns has been specifically designed for men.
I’m always somewhat disappointed when I leaf through a knitting magazine or book. At the best there are one or two things that I could wear hidden away at the last pages before the pattern descriptions. Somewhat late and thanks to Cecelia Campochiaro’s Sequence Knitting book I’ve discovered that there are people who try to fill the gap.
In the autumn of 2016 Eric Lutz and Devon Johnson launched Rib Magazine, a magazine specifically created for men who knit or those who wish to knit for them. By the time of writing they’ve made 3 stylish issues with beautiful patterns and entertaining articles about men in the world of the fibre arts. There’s also a cocktail recipe …
I’ve tried to get it as an article to sell in my shop, but it’s no use. It’s too much hassle, too many people wanting to take profit and taxes along the way and in the end I’d have to ask more than double the original price. So if you like it, you’d better buy it directly from them at https://ribmag.com.
In any case: I’m really enthusiastic about it, and Jan – my husband – already started knitting Cecelia Campochiaro’s Revolution Watch Cap from issue 3, in Cheeky Merino Joy from Rosy Green Wool, colour Cornish Slate.
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