Boys Don't Knit by T.S.Easton

Title:Boys Don't Knit
Author: T.S. Easton
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date:March 24th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:
Knitting is a man’s game.

After an incident regarding a crossing guard and a bottle of Martini & Rossi (and his bonehead friends), 17-year-old worrier Ben Fletcher must develop his sense of social alignment, take up a hobby, and do some community service to avoid any further probation.

He takes a knitting class (it was that or his father’s mechanic class) under the impression that it's taught by the hot teacher all the boys like. Turns out, it’s not. Perfect.

Regardless, he sticks with it and comes to find that he’s a natural knitter, maybe even great. It even helps ease his anxiety and worrying. The only challenge now is to keep it hidden from his friends, his crush, and his soccer-obsessed father. What a tangled web Ben has weaved . . . or knitted.


Boys Don't Knit is a fun book filled with dry humor, witty one-liners, and a boy who knits!  I love the fact that the story centers around Ben breaking gender stereotypes.  While Ben's initial motivation for taking up knitting is purely to be in a class with an attractive teacher it quickly shifts when he really embraces his passion.  The story takes place in England, so the culture and slang are a bit different but I love the change of scenery.

The story is narrated by Ben, so similar to the setting it is a nice change to read a book from a male POV. My main reason for 3 stars is that the plot slows down at parts and lacks a bit of oomph! Some of the knitting terms went over my head but I liked the way Ben could visualize his projects and just jump into the knitting zone. The friendships both new and old are great.  I love the dynamic Ben has with his guy buddies and the new friendships he built with his knitting club.  His family is so unique, Ben has a magician for a mother, crazy toddler for a sister, and soccer fanatic father.  Both the friends and family are unique and entertaining.  I really enjoyed some of the great lines:

'Why don't you pay?' he said, when I suggested this.
'I don't have any money.' I pointed out. 
'What about your allowance?' he said
'Dad, the last time you gave me allowance Britney Spears was happily married.'

Boys Don't Knit is an entertaining feel good story with an interesting rag tag group of characters taking on the challenges of the knitting world!

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