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The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book: 26 Patterns Celebrating Four Decades of American Sweater Style

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Vintage-inspired projects culled from the archives of the legendary knitwear maker...

Paris, Milan, London … Cleveland? Yes, it's true. For decades, this Midwestern city of grit and steel remained at the forefront of American fashion. Cleveland was home to such garment makers as the Ohio Knitting Mills, which created knitwear designs for department stores from Sears to Saks
Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 9th 2010 by Artisan
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Feb 10, 2011 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Although a knitting book is not what you would normally add to a reading list, this book gave a wonderful history of the Ohio Knitting Mills and the knitwear industry in the America of 1940s to 70s. Kind of Pop Culture of knit fashion! It makes me sad to think of the rich fashion history Cleveland had and how quickly that changed with cheap imports! I thought about Mary Grace's involvement in several Cleveland fashion icons...Bobbie Brooks for one...all gone now.
I copyedited this puppy. It was good fun; the history was interesting, and the patterns intriguing. I've flagged a couple to try out sometime after I get my yarn stash in order.
Another cute retro hand knitting patterns with great photos and a good premise because there is also a story around the Ohio Mills and its old patterns.
I would wear about half of the sweater patterns and I bought it new $17.95 before the Border's closed in our town.

New American Gentleman - men's vest with added decorations like needlepoint
Le Petit Pull et Amie - cute short sleeve with V collar and matching skirt with cabled pattern
Winter Wonderland - men's sweater with a brick Fair-Isle pattern
Besides the fun sweaters (and more) with knitting instuctions, for a variety of skill levels, "Ohio Knitting Mills" is a social history of the rise and fall of manufacturing in the United States. Who knew that when I was growing up in Cleveland it was home to a vibrant garment industry, home to many knitting mills? Fifty years later textile and garment manufacturing in the United States is pretty much dead. It's a sobering memorial to work that we haven't figured out how to replace.

But you can s
My favorite things about this book are approach the writers have taken and the fact that it includes designs for men as well as women. The idea here is that the Ohio knitting mills produced wonderful clothing for decades, much of which defined American style, and now the patterns have been updated for a modern home knitter. The book is divided up by decade, with explanations of the changing times and photographs of the mills, their employees, and (of course) knitwear of the times. Each pattern i ...more
Much more than a knitting pattern book (although that part is pretty good), it's a history of an American industry that no longer exists—at least in America. More than the craft, he focuses on the workers who made the company, their ups and mostly downs, and futile attempt to compete with cheaper labor in other countries. If there were ever a reason to "Buy American", it's laid out in this touching history of people, a place and their product. Nostalgia reigned as I thumbed through its pages, lo ...more
I admit I wanted this book for the pattern for the dress on the cover. But I also wanted it because I like Ohio (to some degree) and I wanted to know more about this business. I have a sweater made by them that is close to being on it's last legs, but I love it immensely. There are several great and modern patterns in this book. In a few cases, the original pattern I find more interesting than the updated pattern, but that is few and far between. All in all, if you are interested in the history ...more
May 14, 2011 Jane added it
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I like the Poor Boy and Father Knows Best sweaters, although I dislike how the Poor Boy has been re-styled on the model to have a lower and less defined waist. I think I'll be sticking with vintage patterns to make mine someday!
A lovely treasury of vintage patterns re-imagined for the modern day, accompanied by historical tidbits and archival photos. Love it!
Good patterns for Mens Vests , not too great for women's patterns
beyond my skill set, yet totally awesome.
Dec 05, 2010 Denise rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this bad boy!
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