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

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

by Steven Tatar
     
 

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

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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 as well as for hundreds of labels, from Van Heusen to Pendleton.

Author Steven Tatar discovered a treasure trove of mint-condition knitwear and patterns for men and women when he acquired the mill's archive in 2005. Now, working with the original patterns, from the 1940s through the 1970s, he has painstakingly adapted 26 colorful knitwear projects for the home knitter.

The majority of the patterns are for classic mid-twentieth-century women's sweats, from 1956's Abstract Expressionist to 1976's Puppy Love. But there's much more in The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book: men's sweaters like 1954's Father Knows Best, as well as dresses, shoulder bags, ponchos, and scarf sets. Clear directions, supplemented by schematic charts and color guides, make all of the patterns easy to follow, for everyone from beginners to more advanced knitters. The patterns are featured in their original colors (teal and tangerine, ocher and avocado) alongside newer palettes geared to contemporary tastes.

As you create your own versions of such mid-century standbys as New American Gentleman, Rebel Rouser, Wavy Gravy, and Beatnik Babe, there's a lot more to enjoy. No run-of-the-mill knitting guide, this fun-to-peruse book includes vintage photographs; fashion lore, including a visual tour of original labels from national brands, regional department stores, and small-town shops; and interviews with Ohio Knitting Mills employees. All told, this book highlights the ingenuity and excitement of an important American fashion era.

From argyle to zigzag, The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book brings it all back.

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Library Journal
Cleveland's Ohio Knitting Mills operated from the 1920s through the early 2000s under a variety of names and produced iconic garments for American designers and department stores. In 2005, Tatar acquired the rights to its extensive archives, and this collection of patterns, featuring designs from the 1940s to the 1970s, is the result of his research. Like most vintage clothing, some of the designs are difficult for your average Joe or Jane to wear—it takes a certain attitude to pull off a 1960s-inspired mohair minidress—but the stories are fascinating, and Tatar deserves praise for keeping an important piece of American fashion history alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579653996
Publisher:
Artisan
Publication date:
08/09/2010
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
654,587
Product dimensions:
10.26(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.56(d)

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