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Slideshow of fascinating history of knitting and yarn in Chicago, 1865-1945

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  • Chicagos Sweater GIRLS: From World War I Knitters to 1970s Dept. Store Instructors From World War I Knitters to 1970s Dept. Store Instructors
  • BeaR BraNd, The Windy City Connection The Windy City Connection
    • located in the Loop
    • Paramount Knitting Co.
    • Machine Knitting
  • Cheaper To Knit?
    • Doesnt Pay to Knit Belt
    • Article Can Be Bought Cheaper Than It Can Be Made, and It is Generally Better.
    • ...And when the band was completed it was heavy, unporous and really compared unfavorably with the commercial knit band. - Chicago Eagle , 9/9/1916
  • Helping the Cause
    • Red Cross Knitting
    • wristlet, sleeveless top pattern
    • Chicago Eagle , 2/23/1918
    • Knitted articles in either gray or colored yarn
  • Yarn Shortage, WWI
    • Utilize every moment. Carry your knitting bags on the street cars or the farm wagons, or wherever you are.
    • It is true yarn has been hard to get. But much of this shortage can be overcome if none of it is wasted for which a substitute can be found.
    • Chicago Eagle , 6/8/1918
  • Backstage At the Opera House, 1920s
  • Knitting Makes A Woman Smile
  • INstructions To Blow You Away!
    • Asmus Bradley Company
    • Cartier-Bresson
    • Novelty Art Studios
    • Richardson Manufacturing Company
    • T. Buettner & Co.
  • Knitting Goes To Oak Street Beach
    • Jantzen Knitting Mills, Portland, OR
    • Chicago Sunday Tribune ad, 1931
    • 100 percent wool swimsuits
  • Ready To Wear Knits
    • Growing affluence
    • Chicago Department stores
    • defunct Walter Field Co.
    • popular twin-sets
  • Knit 1, Purl 2, WWII
    • Knitting instructors critical to wartime knitting
    • Movie stars photographed in handknit sweaters
    • War-time rationing limited dress lengths, embellishments
    • Teens drafted for the cause
  • Men Cast off 2!
    • Boys learned to knit socks during World War II
    • Recuperating soldiers cast on cardigans, vests
    • Doing Our Part
  • 1940s HandKnits
    • Crochet and Knitting for Every Woman: 300 Things To Make
    • Peoples Book Club of Chicago, 1947
    • knitting patterns, Chicago newspapers
  • Chicago Knitting Mills
    • Royal Knitting Mills (1896)
    • South Side Knitting Mills
    • Chicago Knitting Mills
  • Sears, RoeBuck & Co.
    • yarn departments at Marshall Fields, Carson Pirie Scott and Sears Roebuck & Co. through late 1970s
    • In-house knitting instructor
    • books
  • The Long and Short of Corde
    • also known as cordette or cordet
    • popular in 1930s-1940s for crochet hats, handbags
    • Hiawatha patterns
  • 1937 British Pattern
    • Stitch in Time, 1970s edition
    • EverMatch Sport and Sweater Yarn, 1970s vintage (?)