Knitting and Crocheting for Guys Helpful Tips on Crafting for Men and Boys, Plus Suggestions for the Best Men's Knitting and Crochet Patterns

Guys aren’t in the majority when it comes to knitting and crocheting, but there are definitely significant numbers of men and boys who knit and crochet. There are also HUGE numbers of ladies who enjoy knitting and crocheting fabulous projects for their husbands, boyfriends, fathers, brothers, sons, grandsons and male friends. Whether you’re a guy who crafts, or a lady who wants to craft for a guy, this page will give you some helpful tips plus help you find knitting and crochet patterns for the guys in your life.

Men’s Crochet Patterns

Crochetterie by Molla Mills
Crochetterie by Molla Mills

THE BEST book I know of for men’s crochet patterns is called Crochetterie by Molla Mills. Molla is a Finnish crochet pattern designer, and this book was originally published in Europe and recently translated into English. This book is excellent! It’s actually intended to be a guy-friendly crochet manual — but it’s equally effective in teaching people of both genders to crochet.


If you think you might like to crochet multiple projects for the guys in your life, this is a fantastic book to add to your library. There are sooooo many choices for guy-friendly projects — rugs, bags, a bike bag, a backpack, slippers, a hat, a bow tie, fingerless mitts and all kinds of things you’d never think of to search for — like a can carrier or a band poster. The book includes a simple, guy-friendly sweater pattern too. There are multiple step-by-step photo tutorials for teaching you how to do various crochet techniques you might not already be familiar with. If you’re interested in crocheting for guys, I highly recommend this book.

More Ideas for Things to Knit and Crochet for Guys

There are a broad variety of different things you could knit and crochet for the guys in your life. Where should you start? Well, the best plan of action is to pay some attention to what your guy is already wearing, and the sorts of things he surrounds himself with at home.

Hats for Guys

If he lives in an area where the weather gets cold, a hat could possibly make a fantastic gift for him. Take a cue from his current wardrobe. Do you ever see him wearing hats? If so, does he prefer beanies, caps, bucket hats or some other style? Plan your project accordingly. Check out these knitting and crochet hat patterns for guys:


The Magnar Hat and Mittens Set From Winter Knits From Scandinavia


This guy-friendly hat features Norwegian design influences. The name of these patterns: The Magnar hat and mittens. You'll find these designs included in Jenny Alderbrant's new book called Winter Knits From Scandinavia. Trafalgar Square Books is the publisher. The photography is by Charlotte Gawell.
This guy-friendly hat features Norwegian design influences. The name of these patterns: The Magnar hat and mittens. You’ll find these designs included in Jenny Alderbrant’s new book called Winter Knits From Scandinavia. Trafalgar Square Books is the publisher. The photography is by Charlotte Gawell.

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Mittens, Texting Gloves and Fingerless Mitts

If he lives in an area where the weather gets chilly, he’d be likely to appreciate cold weather mitts. If he’s on his phone constantly, make ’em fingerless gloves so he can easily swipe and text without removing them. If he’s frequently outside walking the dog or stargazing, mittens might be more appropriate.

Scarves for Guys

Scarves, like everything else, can be hit or miss. Some guys love ’em. Some guys don’t wear ’em — ever. If you’ve never once seen him wear a scarf, definitely don’t knit him one. That would most likely be a waste of time. But if you’ve ever seen him wearing a scarf around, consider a new scarf to be fair game as a gift idea for him.

Socks for Guys

Most likely, your guy probably wears socks (unless he’s a Don Johnson fan, and he’s still sporting the “Miami Vice” look all these years later?…) Since most guys need — and wear — socks, socks are probably a good candidate for things you’d want to consider making for him. Here are some sock patterns you might want to take a look at:


Chevron Purls Socks by Edie Eckman, From the Book Knit Socks for Those You Love


Chevron Purls sock knitting pattern from the book Knit Socks for Those You Love by Edie Eckman, published by Leisure Arts
Chevron Purls sock knitting pattern from the book Knit Socks for Those You Love by Edie Eckman, published by Leisure Arts. These socks are a unisex design that would be ideal for guys who frequently have to dress up for work (or guys who enjoy dressing up to go out). The pattern for these socks includes instructions for both men’s and women’s sizes — so, bonus, you can knit these for yourself plus ALL the adults you know — not just the guys.

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Blankets

Some guys would appreciate a handknitted or crocheted blanket. But, the significance of such a gift would be lost on some guys — so be careful with this one. I know knitters and crocheters who have gone overboard making luscious blankets for their guys, only to later find the blankets in unexpected places. Like out in the garage, under the car — you know, to keep him from getting dirty while he was changing the oil. Or out in the dog kennel so Fido wouldn’t get cold at night. *FACEPALM*


If your guy can be trusted with a handmade blanket, here are some patterns to consider:

Pouches

There are countless reasons you might want to knit or crochet a pouch for a guy you know. If you want to give him a gift of cash, you could wrap it in a pouch for a unique presentation. For a son or grandson who’s off to college, you could fill a pouch with laundry quarters as a last-minute sendoff present. For a student in any grade, fill a pouch with office supplies like erasers and highlighters. Here are a some guy-friendly pouch patterns to consider:


Checkered Crochet Pouch: Free Pattern


A guy-friendly crocheted pouch. Get the free crochet pattern right here on our website.
A guy-friendly crocheted pouch. Get the free crochet pattern right here on our website.

Check out our list of knit and crochet pouch patterns for more options.

Helpful Tips on Knitting and Crocheting for Guys

  • Always use washable yarns unless you know your guy can be trusted to hand wash the things you make for him (or unless you plan to take care of washing the things you make him).
  • If it’s possible and practical to do so, involve him in the yarn selection process. This maximizes the chances that he will want to wear or use the project you make for him using his chosen yarn.
  • Basic knit stitches like garter stitch, stockinette, and simple rib stitches work well for guys’ projects. Crochet stitches like afghan stitch, front loop single crochet, back loop single crochet and half double crochet are all good choices too.
  • Here’s a gentle reminder: Just because you can knit or crochet a gift for your guy, doesn’t mean you should. Don’t feel obligated. You hereby have my permission to be extremely selective about who you make gifts for. Ask yourself honestly: Would he rather have a new game for the Wii? A new Blueray disc? A new t-shirt or sweatshirt or pair of sneakers? If he honestly needs and wants a handmade gift, great! Go for it! But if he’d be just as happy with a storebought gift, you don’t need to put pressure on yourself to make his gift at this time. Only do it if a) you really want to and b) it’s truly the right gift — one he’d truly want.

We hope this info is helpful to you if you’re interested in knitting and crocheting for guys. What are your favorite guy-friendly knitting and crochet resources? Please do let us know in the comments!

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