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Poems of Color

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Full-color reproductions of original pattern swatches, sweaters, and accessories from the Bohus workshop in Sweden, along with the history of the women who designed them.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Interweave Press (first published 1995)
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Eh. It was interesting enough, but calling Bohus knitting a 'cultural tradition' seems a bit overkill when it was invented for profit in the 1930s. The pictures and knitting itself are gorgeous, but not nearly as impressive as it was made out to be. An interesting look at the knitting economy in Sweden, but not really about folk knitting at all. The patterns included are very 1980s. ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting, nonfiction
Very interesting history of Bohus knitting and the women who made the business and the style. It was a women-owned business hiring and supporting women and their families. The style was unique and became a phenomenon. This book is full of photographs, color knitting charts, and technique tips. You can knit your own beautiful sweater based on the original designs.
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Subtitle is helpful : Poems of Color: Knitting in the Bohus Tradition.
Interesting, pretty colorwork.
Leah Kapernick
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heart warming, delightful read! Loved the pictures and patterns included.
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look at Bohus sweater knitting in Sweden. There is great historical information as well as reproductions of some of the original color charts and photos of the sweaters.

Rather than a traditional form of knitting, Bohus stickning was founded by a visionary woman in 1939 to provide extra income for Swedish women in the wake of the Depression. The cooperative employed designers to create the patterns and hand knitters to complete the sweaters, which were sold worldwide and became coll
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've knit three of these designs in this order---Swan Cap, Red Palm Cap and Wild Apple Cap. Each was more difficult than the last. What makes the technique difficult is the purl stitches added to the stranded knitting. It's something I wasn't used to. Also, there can be four colors per row, which can be difficult to keep track of with just two hands. I thought about becoming at octopus. My biggest complaint is that the color key boxes are toi small and that makes it difficult to tell which color ...more
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: craft
I took a Bohus Knitting class at Stitches East in October. The technique is not difficult, but the designs are stunning. The teacher had many original Bohus garments for students to examine (with white gloves on to protect the fabric, of course), which was my favorite part of the class.

I received this book as a Christmas gift, and partnered with the information from class, I now have excellent understanding of the Bohus Knitting industry/movement. The background section is well researched, and
Mar 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Interesting story and beautiful patterns. About a Swedish woman, the govenor's wife in the state of Bohuslan, who very selflessly helped start a business allowing women in the area to earn money and support their families during an economic depression. I would love to knit one of these designs someday. ...more
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Overview of Bohus Stickning in Sweden. A great companion to Susanna Hansson's Bohus class. For anyone who loves the historical side of fiber crafting. ...more
Ann Johnson Davis
Jul 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting-books
I drool over this book on a regular basis, but have yet to knit one of the projects. Perhaps when I retire and live in Hawaii I will have time to knit my Bohus sweater.
Nice overview of the history of Bohus Stickning, including some excellent vintage photos. The pattern recreations have been modernized in fit and gauge.
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