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Chicago knits

  1. 1. Chicago’s Sweater GIRLS: From World War I Knitters to 1970s Dept. Store Instructors From World War I Knitters to 1970s Dept. Store Instructors
  2. 2. BeaR BraNd, The Windy City Connection The Windy City Connection <ul><li>located in the Loop </li></ul><ul><li>Paramount Knitting Co. </li></ul><ul><li>Machine Knitting </li></ul>
  3. 3. Cheaper To Knit? <ul><li>Doesn’t Pay to Knit Belt </li></ul><ul><li>“ Article Can Be Bought Cheaper Than It Can Be Made, and It is Generally Better.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ ...And when the band was completed it was heavy, unporous and really compared unfavorably with the commercial knit band.” - Chicago Eagle , 9/9/1916 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Helping the Cause <ul><li>Red Cross Knitting </li></ul><ul><li>wristlet, sleeveless top pattern </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago Eagle , 2/23/1918 </li></ul><ul><li>Knitted articles in either gray or colored yarn </li></ul>
  5. 5. Yarn Shortage, WWI <ul><li>“ Utilize every moment. Carry your knitting bags on the street cars or the farm wagons, or wherever you are.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago Eagle , 6/8/1918 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Backstage At the Opera House, 1920s
  7. 7. Knitting Makes A Woman Smile
  8. 8. INstructions To Blow You Away! <ul><li>Asmus Bradley Company </li></ul><ul><li>Cartier-Bresson </li></ul><ul><li>Novelty Art Studios </li></ul><ul><li>Richardson Manufacturing Company </li></ul><ul><li>T. Buettner & Co. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Knitting Goes To Oak Street Beach <ul><li>Jantzen Knitting Mills, Portland, OR </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago Sunday Tribune ad, 1931 </li></ul><ul><li>100 percent wool swimsuits </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ready To Wear Knits <ul><li>Growing affluence </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago Department stores </li></ul><ul><li>defunct Walter Field Co. </li></ul><ul><li>popular twin-sets </li></ul>
  11. 11. Knit 1, Purl 2, WWII <ul><li>Knitting instructors critical to wartime knitting </li></ul><ul><li>Movie stars photographed in handknit sweaters </li></ul><ul><li>War-time rationing limited dress lengths, embellishments </li></ul><ul><li>Teens ‘drafted’ for the cause </li></ul>
  12. 12. Men Cast off 2! <ul><li>Boys learned to knit socks during World War II </li></ul><ul><li>Recuperating soldiers cast on cardigans, vests </li></ul><ul><li>“Doing Our Part” </li></ul>
  13. 13. 1940s HandKnits <ul><li>“ Crochet and Knitting for Every Woman: 300 Things To Make” </li></ul><ul><li>People’s Book Club of Chicago, 1947 </li></ul><ul><li>knitting patterns, Chicago newspapers </li></ul>
  14. 14. Chicago Knitting Mills <ul><li>Royal Knitting Mills (1896) </li></ul><ul><li>South Side Knitting Mills </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago Knitting Mills </li></ul>
  15. 15. Sears, RoeBuck & Co. <ul><li>yarn departments at Marshall Field’s, Carson Pirie Scott and Sears Roebuck & Co. through late 1970s </li></ul><ul><li>In-house knitting instructor </li></ul><ul><li>books </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Long and Short of Corde <ul><li>also known as cordette or cordet </li></ul><ul><li>popular in 1930s-1940s for crochet hats, handbags </li></ul><ul><li>Hiawatha patterns </li></ul>
  17. 17. 1937 British Pattern <ul><li>Stitch in Time, 1970s edition </li></ul><ul><li>EverMatch Sport and Sweater Yarn, 1970s vintage (?) </li></ul>