Knitting in America – book 2
Through war and peace, bad times and good, Americans have knit and purled as though it were an inalienable right alongside life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Here now is the history of knitting in America, from pilgrims to pioneers, slaves to First Ladies, the Amish and Shakers to the Native Americans. Here as well you will find the rise and fall of mohair, the ongoing passion for ethnic knitting, the never-ending quest for warm socks, and the brave new world of art knitting.
Knitter and scholar Susan M. Strawn unravels knitting history with more than 300 rare color and black-and-white images of knitters and knitwear from collections around the country.
Also included are 20 historical knitting patterns—a Jamestown-era cap, Victorian silk gloves and miser’s purse, a Civil War soldier’s stockings, Zoar mittens, Red Cross socks and wristlets, and more vintage lace, shawl, scarf, and sweater patterns you can recreate today.
Contributors include Linda Ligon, Deborah Robson, Katharine Cobey, Karen Searle, Karin Timour, Sumi Wu, Kathryn Alexander, Amy Clarke Moore, Lindsay Obermeyer, Paula Becker, and more.