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The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book: 26 Patterns Celebrating Four Decades of American Sweater Style Paperback – August 9, 2010
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My only complaint: in making the patterns accessible to the average knitter (most of which are terrific adaptations of the originals, especially the show-stopping cover dress inspired by haute couture), the "Wavy Gravy" is a poor imitation. I would have preferred just one more complex pattern that better preserved the original - why not adapt the slip-stitch "Rebel Rouser" with cables across two stitches to create the wavy?
Having grown up in the Cleveland-Akron area in the 50's and 60's, I was surprised to learn that Cleveland had a thriving garment industry. While not in the league of New York City or Paris, Cleveland did produce many garments supplying national stores and labels. For those interested in history and vintage knitwear, this is a wonderful document about a fashion-conscious middle-America in the mid-20th century. For hand-knitters, this book can be a great taking-off point for re-creating vintage garments with a contemporary twist.
If you consider yourself a long term resident to the Land of Knitting (as Stephanie Pearl Mcphee put it)...then this book is for you. The knitting community and subculture have grown drastically since I began seriously knitting about 7 years ago. Many contemporary knitting books and websites have been published/formed within the last decade but The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book has been one of the most educational and interesting books about the way the art of knitting has flourished and changed in the 1900's that I have stumbled across so far.
Debbie Stoller taught us about feminism and its effects on the popularity of knitting. Now, Steven Tatar and Denise Grollmus teach us how war, synthetic materials, the rise of the middle class, and fashion in general has shaped the art of knitting today.
The patterns are hip and seem to be written clearly. All the patterns in the book are based on designs that the factory produced sometimes for mainstream consumption through outlets such as Sears and J.C. Penney in the 1940's-1970's. Very trendy!
I rarely review books but this one is great guys- I highly recommend it!
it not only provides a historical view of the mills themselves but, also of each specific garment.
the book is broken up into decades; each pattern has a blurb about the time period and the evolution of knitwear.
the re-vamped patterns pay homage to their past while being only slightly adjusted to suit more modern tastes.
the photo styling is quirky and spot-on; a lot of knitting books fall short in this category.
there is a wealth of fantastic men's patterns that make my knees weak.
i didn't expect so many, especially ones that were so good!!!!
usually, mens patterns are hit and miss; the fit is strange or the pattern is just an adapted version of a feminine counterpart.
that is not the case with this book.
the yarns used are accessible and inexpensive, which makes taking on new projects more spontaneous and cost-effective.
this book is absolutely in my top 5 favorite knitting books of all time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is worth getting even if you only look at the pictures! Fashion history buffs will want this even if they don't knit. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kschimmelwriter
The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book brings it all back of vintage-inspired projects culled from the archives of the legendary knitwear maker. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Artisticpens
It was so interesting reading about the mills and all the companies they for which they did production. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lizziejo
I must keep buying this book because every knit whit friend that sees it MUST have it!!!! My generous nature knows no limits.... Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Kevin W. Meredith
Great book with fantastic patterns. And how many of us 40 years and older actually wore clothes from Ohio Mills and never knew it?Published on October 21, 2013 by Dodirt
The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book is visually stunning with sepia-toned text pages and full-color photos throughout. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Geraldine
I am a hand and machine knitter, and bought this book on a lark. I love it. I just received it and have only just flipped through the pages, but I love what I have seen so far. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Lala