Since coming back from visiting family, I've mostly been working on my daughter's blanket, and haven't got around to taking photos of other projects I'd been working on. So I figured it's about time I did another book review.
Title: The Crochet Dude's Designs for Guys. 30 projects men will love.
Author: Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude
I was really happy to stumble on this book! While looking for crochet patterns, there's all sorts of lacy, frilly wearables for women. Even things like hats, scarves and slippers tend to be rather feminine designs. The few designs for men... well... the infamous clown sweater comes to mind. *L* Seriously... few designs for guys actually look like something guys would want to wear, but they do anyway. Either because they're male models and getting paid to, or because they want to stay out of the doghouse at home. ;-) Good guy-friendly designs were few and far between.
Which makes this book a real treasure. While there were still a couple of designs that made me wonder (honestly, do guys really wear crocheted ties? They're like the crochet bathing suit: people keep making them, but I can't imagine anyone actually wearing one), this book is filled with fantastic patterns. Heck, not being a lacy, frilly kinda girl myself, I'd happily make a lot of the sweater patterns for myself!
There's a good range of sizes in the clothing patterns. Size smalls range from about 38" to 42" (a hoodie), while the XXL sizes run from about 47" to 50". Personally, I'd like to see sizes 3X and up, too, but hey, I'll take what I can find. ;-) Other patterns include slippers that can be made in an evening, golf club socks, an ipod cover and so on.
The instructions and stitch diagrams are clear, easy to read, and there are assembly diagrams as well, to make things extra understandable. What makes the book even more enjoyable is Drew Emborsky's sense of humour that comes out in names of his patterns (Paw Warmers, Calvarium Skullcap, To Aran is Human), as the little blurbs included with the patterns. It's fun to get a giggle while going through a pattern book. :-)
This is a book I can quite heartily recommend, even for people who might not be too confident in their crochet skills.