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The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book by Steven Tatar with Denise Grollmus is available now! Tatar is the President and Creative Director of Ohio Knitting Mills, a company that offers unique virgin vintage knitwear from 1947-74 made at the historic Cleveland Ohio mill. (You can read more and see my photos from an Ohio Knitting Mills Trunk Show a few years ago.) Now with this new book, these vintage patterns can be knit by you! The book is filled with vintage-style fashions and accessories for women, with a few handsome men’s patterns thrown in there too. I love The Outsider sweater and the Go-Go girl sweater dress below. Even as the patterns are vintage-inspired, flipping through the book you’ll find that the patterns are really modern and in line with a lot of current trends for fall. The book also features archival illustrations of sweater sketches as well as amazing photos showcasing the history of this unique American mill.
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Book Giveaway Time!
One lucky CRAFT reader will win a copy of The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book. Just tell us why you would like this book in the comments. All comments will be closed by 5pm PST on Thursday, September 9, 2010. The lucky winner will be chosen randomly and announced later on the site. Good luck!
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94 thoughts on “Book Review + Giveaway: The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book

  1. I recently began seriously knitting this summer. I find vintage patterns to be absolutely amazing to knit! Many vintage patterns have awesome geometric shapes requiring me to learn complex knitting techniques while creating fabulous wear for myself! Vintage knitting patterns I am interested in are those that can be worn in at least two seasons. I believe this book would be a perfect addition to my library. ^_^

  2. I also love vintage fashion and cool stories to go with it, like the history of this mill. This looks like a really cool book.

  3. I saw this book while browsing at a local bookstore and showed the book to my mom. She saw this one sweater in it and fell in love with it. I really wanted to get the book for that pattern so I can have it done in time for x-mas. But I have been somewhat broke as of late. So it would be rad if I won!

  4. I only recently learned how to knit but I’ve been tearing through projects and acquiring new skills. I’d love to buy the book but I live in California and have to spend all my money getting home to Boston for a dear friend’s wedding. On top of that it is imperative that I make and wear the dress on the cover.

  5. I have recently started knitting projects that require more than one skein and am constantly looking for mod vintage patterns to knit. Vintage never goes out of style!

  6. I’m a novice knitter, and I need some really elegant inspiration to push me in this craft. The pictures from this book absolutely blow me away – and that cover dress would look so awesome on my daughter.

  7. I am so in love with vintage patterns, but I’ve never tried anything longer than a sweater. Those dresses would be incredible to try!

  8. I want this book because it would give me yet another project to add to the ever growing throng of ones I’ve already started!

  9. I splurged at that trunk show in San Francisco and got the coolest, Ann Margaret looking, boatneck collar pullover circa 1964 in shades of brown and cream…. never regretted it, but certainly wish I could have afforded a couple of the others too! If I had the book, I could just make some!
    I also got a chance to spend some time talking to Steven, and hearing the story of how he came to get this whole endeavour rolling- a fascinating collision of accident and foresight. Look up their site, it’s well worth it :)

  10. I’m almost finished with my current knitting project and I’m going to take a picture of that cover to the salon tomorrow as a template for what I want!

  11. I saw this book the other day at a local big box book store and was hopeful I could find it a small local retailer, but free would be even better. I really love the designs in this book.

  12. I’m hoping the book includes some of the fantastic men’s patterns that are on the ohio knitting mills website!

  13. I’m keeping my fingers and addi’s crossed that i win this must-have book! I love vintage knitwear with a modern twist!

  14. I have a high success rate with pre-1970 knitting patterns – it seems my shape went out of fashion after that! I’d love to add some of these pieces to my wardrobe.

  15. I think the style is perfect. I think this would be great! I agree with the post above…. I think my figure went out in that era also!

  16. This book looks like it has a lot of fun patterns. This past Labor Day weekend I pointed out texture & color schemes that reminded me of random sweater patterns to my camping partner. One highway brick wall design reminded me of argyle.

  17. Yes, I wore many similar styles, and I like the updated versions better. I would love to get this book.
    Thanks!

  18. Thank you everybody for all your kind and enthusiastic words. You folks inspired us to create the book, and share the OKM love! Hi sarahhh (sept 7, 7:25 pm), nice to see your voice- I remember meeting you at our SF trunk show- glad your OKM beauty is happiness for you. Hi Natalie, thanks for spreading the word (and giving away a book!) Big hugs to all you cool knitters!

  19. This book is awesome on so many levels! I love the history of the mill and the vintage sweater patterns. I would be so proud to have this book!

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