Bohus at our House
The lively, color-rich patterns used in the mid-twentieth-century sweaters knitted under the Bohus Stickning label were the work of the Swedish knitwear designer, Emma Jacobsson. In the 1930s, Jacobsson started Bohus Stickning as a cottage industry to help women supplement their families’ incomes in post-depression Sweden. After World War II, the business turned from a relief organization to a small fashion house for exquisite knitwear.
I never grow tired of looking at her designs and trying to find ways to incorporate the subtle color shadings, rhythmic pattern progressions, and tiny purl specks that make up a Bohus patterns in my own knitting. The Caitlin Pullover shown here is a current attempt to incorporate small Bohus-like geometric color patterns in a fitted round-yoke pullover.
Though the sweater could be worked entirely in the round, it is knitted in separate piecesfront, back, and sleevesthat are joined after a few rows of underarm shaping. A few more raglan rows are worked in the round before the patterned circular yoke begins.
What’s cool about this sweater is how easy it is to work the color pattern. Although authentic Bohus designs were worked in Fair Isle using two and sometimes three colors per row or round, our pullover relies mostly on slipped stitchesa breezy technique that allows you to knit with only one color per row. (If you’re not familiar with slipped stitches, check below for more information on this great colorwork technique.)
classic one fifty100% wool
Classic one fifty is a smooth merino yarn that feels like velvet next to the skin. Its smooth hand has to do with the softness of the fiber, and it's also the result of the structure of the yarn. It's made from fine, fine plies which are themselves, fine, fine, fine plies twisted together. All the plies and the twisting create a round, tube-like yarn with very little fuzz on the surface.
Classic one fifty comes in a palette of 22 colors chosen to work together in shaded color-work patterns. It knits up between 5½ and 6 stitches to the inch.
Slip stitch patterns are great for easy color work; they require that you knit with only one color at a time. Forget the headache of juggling more than a single strand of yarn at a time, the frustration of trying to remember if the MC goes over the CC or under it, and the snarly mess when you forget. And you never have to worry about the tension of the carried yarn and the length of the floats. There’s no yarn to carry behind the work and no floats. Learn more about how to slip stitches.