The above cardigan is an original Bohus Stickning, from a small hand knitting business started in 1939 by Emma Jacobsson, the wife of the Governor of Bohus Province in Southern Sweden. The business began mainly as work relief for women in this economically depressed area. Bohus Stickning became world famous, and a desired fashion item in upscale department stores. A typical Bohus design is a circular knit pullover with a patterned yoke, reminiscent of an Icelandic sweater. But Icelandic sweaters are outdoor garments made with coarse yarn. Bohus sweaters are light weight, with refined detail, and often knit in angora.
In Vogue Knitting’s latest issue, Winter 2015/16 the Bohus is modernized. My favorite is design #1 pictured below, oversized for a classic Bohus, but the colorwork yoke is definitely knit in tradition. If you want to dabble in traditional knitted textiles – check this issue out, and enjoy some Swedish fashion history.