Mountain Peaks, The Large Lace Collar and The Yellow Lace Collar
The Large Swan
The story of Bohus Stickning ("Bohus Knitting") is one of creative joy and beauty. What began as relief work developed into an enterprise of superior quality craft products with an international reputation. It all started in Gothenburg during a period of high unemployment in the surrounding County of Bohuslän. The woman who led the company to success was Emma Jacobsson, the wife of the County Governor, who, in her capacity as "Mother of the County" with access to a network of influential friends, was able to help local women financially via a home knitting programme between 1939 to 1969.
Patterns were developed - at first by Emma Jacobsson herself - and later by professional designers: Vera Bjurström, Anna-Lisa Mannheimer-Lunn, Ulla E:son Bodin, Karin Ivarsson, Annika Malmström-Bladini och Kerstin Olsson. The earliest products were plain gloves and socks in strong wool. But soon fine wools and angora-blends of the highest quality were used.
In the fifties Bohus Knitting was at the height of its production. Whenever Swedish handicrafts were to be shown internationally Bohus Knitting was included and export to the US and other countries was extensive. There is a selection of Bohus Knitting patterns and types of garments from early 40s to mid 1960s, such as pullovers, cardigans, hats, berets and wristwarmers.
Did you know that both actresses and icons Grace Kelly and Ingrid Bergman wore jumpers from Bohus Knitting?
In the late 1990s, Bohusläns museum and representatives from Bohus Stickning produced replica patterns in co-operation with textile designer Solveig Gustafsson for the exhibition "Bohus Stickning 1939-1969". And over the coming years Solveig brought one pattern after the other to light, Solveig has now retired and she has helped us find a successor. Pernille Silfverberg continues to assemble knitting kits and supply angora yarn from her own rabbits. They guarantee that the rabbits are threated humanely and live healthy lives. They also guarantee that that the merino wool used is produced without the controversial practise mulesing. The angorawool is processed and spun with merino wool at a family owned mill in Denmark.
There is a selection of patterns and models from the early 40s to the mid-1960s and also new designs created by Pernille Silfverberg, AngoraGarnet.
Find your favourite among all the wonderful patterns.