The Manly Art of Knitting

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The title of this book intrigued me.  It had been out of print for years, so when it was reissued, I wanted a copy.  A cover that has a cowboy sitting on a horse and knitting is just too good to pass up.

It is a very short book, 64 pages end to end, and not a lot of reading.  The instructions for beginners are amazingly simple and basic, this would definitely be a book that I would recommend to a brand new knitter.  The illustrations are simple and direct, and not a lot of extra stuff that would confuse the new knitter. And I love the full page photos of what your knit stitch, purl, ribbing, etc should look like.  I have read other reviews that pan this book, but I think that they are missing some of the great things.  Is it a book that you would go back to as a reference, probably not, but a non-threatening book for a novice.  This is going with me tonight to knitting for other reviews.

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The second half gets into actually knitting something that any cowboy would love, a bed for your dog, saddle blanket, hat, hammock…

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Especially love this as it reminds me of my beautiful Appaloosa POA, Sissy.  We had such great times riding together.

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The books ends with a “Problems” section to help you solve those early issues that befuddle new knitters.  I think that the book well worth a read.  Most would probably just want to check it out from the library though.

A review from ginkopress.com.

A cult classic, The Manly Art of Knitting was originally published in 1972, but has been out of print for decades. Fougner initially published this book in the hope that it would encourage men to take up knitting and that veterans of the craft would embrace this quirky manual. In this amusing yet practical guide to knitting, Dave Fougner provides step-by-step instructions for beginners and those taking up the needles again. The book contains helpful illustrations and wonderful black and white photographs. You can t help but smile at the shots of calloused hands lovingly knitting blankets for dogs and horses. Chapters include basics, pattern stitches (garter, stockinette, purl, rib, moss, rise, and basket weave), projects, and problems. Fougner proclaims that only a man would knit a hammock with shovel handles for needles and manila rope for yarn. Whether or not this is true, Fougner will show you how it s done.