I’ve been stalking this vintage men’s knitting book on eBay for a while now and finally scored a bargain copy.
Spinnerin volume180 “Gentlemen prefer” was published by the Spinnerin Yarn Co. in the US in 1967. What a brilliant year for knitwear that must have been!
There are around thirty designs for men’s sweaters, cardigans, jackets and vests.
The patterns are mostly in lighter weight yarns from 4 ply to worsted. Of course the actual yarns are long gone (wouldn’t it be fun to knit a jumper in “Marvel Twist”?) but you could easily find modern substitutes.
It’s sometimes tricky estimating the yardage you’ll need with vintage yarns but I’ve had surprisingly good luck tracking down details of American vintage yarns through Vintage Knits so that’s always worth a go.
Would I actually make any of these patterns? Sure thing! There are more than a couple of stylish cable and aran sweaters and cardigans, and I love this houndstooth check jacket (although I’m not sure my colourwork skills are up to making it just yet).
There are also several classic designs for sweaters and vests. Oh, and a poncho.