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A new knitting manual from Haynes to help all guys knit

9th October 2018:
Nathan Taylor
Tuesday, 9 October, 2018


9th October 2018: What do the male celebrities, Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and Tom Fletcher all have in common? They knit! It is often said that knitting is only for little old ladies. Those days are long gone. In this increasingly digital world, people are turning to more traditional crafts, in pursuit of something tangible. Now Haynes’ latest title Guys Knit offers a beginner’s guide to anyone who thinks they’d like to give knitting a go. 

Guys Knit is written by Nathan Taylor, known in the knitting world as ‘Sockmatician’, who travels all over the globe passing on his knitting skills. The book includes 25 scannable QR codes that link directly to specially filmed videos of Nathan demonstrating all of the tutorials described on the pages.  

Nathan Taylor comments: “I wanted to write this book because I noticed a lack of stuff out there aimed at people like me. I worried that a lot of men might be put off learning because they couldn’t find a knitting book that really speaks to them. It’s time to break apart those dusty stereotypes. Knitting is in no way a gendered pastime: it’s a universal hobby for anyone interested in working with their hands, to create warm and practical things to wear, share or even sell.”  

Starting with a brief history of knitting, Guys Knit takes the reader through step-by-step tutorials for a wide range of techniques, with plenty of killer tips to help along the way. These skills culminate in five specially designed patterns (three hats, a scarf, and a pair of socks) to get stuck into once the basic skills have been mastered.  

Whether it’s for the modern man, followers of the Hygge lifestyle, keen hobbyists, or bohemian urbanites, this book is a unique gift to share with any guy. 

Guys Knit joins Hand-Lettering & Calligraphy and Sewing Manual in Haynes’ new line-up of craft-focused titles. 

 Scan this QR code to see a message from the author, Sockmatician! Go on, I dare you!


Title Details

Guys Knit, the Instruction Manual is priced at £22.99 and available from The book number is H6199. The ISBN is 9781785211997. It is published in October 2018.


About the author

Nathan Taylor 

Known as ‘Sockmatician’ Nathan has been knitting seriously since 2011, and his patterns have been published in books and magazines all over the world. In 2017 he was named one of the recipients of Knit Now! Magazine’s ‘Knitter of the Year’ awards, in the Online Innovation category. Nathan hosts a popular knitting podcast on YouTube and his numerous video tutorials have helped thousands of people to master some of the more unusual techniques used in his patterns. He is obsessed with double-knitting and can be found teaching this addictive technique at knitting retreats and yarn shows all over the world, including the prestigious Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in New York, and at Vogue Knitting Live events across the US. 


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