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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (August 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579653995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653996
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 9.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Denise Grollmus has written for the Akron Beacon-Journal, the Cleveland Free Times, and the Cleveland Scene, and has been anthologized in Best American Crime Writing 2006. She lives in Akron, Ohio.


Cleveland sculptor Steven Tatar was hunting for scrap metal when he stumbled upon the now-shuttered Ohio Knitting Mills. He bought the company's sweater archive and opened Ohio Knitting Mills, a stylish Brooklyn storefront, where for two years he sold vintage knits that had never been worn before. He now sells limited-edition sweaters on his Web site, OhioKnittingMills.com.

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The patterns are easy to follow and easy to understand.
Savanah
Filled with historical detail and incredible modern renditions of patterns from the past, The Ohio knitting Mills Knitting Book is a real find.
Estro_generation
I think if you are a knitting and like the vintage looks, you may very well like this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Jones on November 2, 2010
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I fell for this book based on a blogger's review. Of all the patterns in it, there are only a couple that I could see myself knitting. The history of the factory, etc., though is very interesting and I did enjoy reading that. The designs are quite youthful, so if you're a young knitter you may find them appealing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tanya on April 10, 2011
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Pays reverent homage to the dedicated, hard-working, and creative people behind 40 years of garments that not only imitated, but also shaped fashion for the average person. If Fareed Zakaria were a knitter, this would be his book. Steven Tatar and his co-writer Denise Grollmus take you on a rich tour, describing how events across the globe and in the U.S. shaped the fortunes and downturns of a family-run company. They also describe how the garments were inspired, reflected the changing times and attitudes, and even drove cultural change. Tatar's own story of how he discovered and then purveyed the archives is just as interesting. His entrepreneurship, coupled with his overt respect for the workers, designers, and management of the company, is a treat to read. Also includes interesting technical details about the machinery (especially the complex but versatile Raschel machine) that, sadly, is no longer in use anywhere. Highly readable, good-humoured, and concise.

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?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather L. Koranteng on December 28, 2010
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I received this as a Christmas gift- and I love it. The patterns are great technically with good schematics, photos and descriptions. They're also brilliant updates of vintage designs. There's photo's of the original design as well, so if you decide you like that better, it wouldn't be too hard to make the original from the pattern info given. It's also a great history of Cleveland with photo's and bio's of the employees that put so much into the success of the Mill and the designs produced. It really tells the story of industrial America, and the change and loss that too many area's of the Midwest are enduring. If that doesn't interest you, th
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jsdknits on October 15, 2010
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This is a book of history and a book of knitting patterns. The author, Steven Tatar was looking for raw materials for his sculptures and happened across the archives of the Ohio Knitting Mills. That archive contained about 5000 original knitted garments. He sold them online and in New York City but he also worked with knitters and knitwear designers to document his most amazing find. He also researched the history of the Ohio Knitting Mills and presents his findings as introductions to the garments, ordered by decade from the 1940's through the 1970's.

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BostonKnitsRosa on December 7, 2010
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This book is an entertaining introduction to the history of fashion, knitting, and entrepreneurship in America.
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!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Estro_generation on September 10, 2010
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because she knit him all of his sweaters! i had no idea of this wonderful fac until I found this book. Filled with historical detail and incredible modern renditions of patterns from the past, The Ohio knitting Mills Knitting Book is a real find. My infamously picky husband loved the men's styles and I fell hard for the easy, classic(but never boring) women's patterns. i can't wait to knit up something fabulous for Rhinebeck! Gorgeous! A must buy for your knitting book collection!
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