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Poems of Color: Knitting in the Bohus Tradition Paperback – December 1, 1995
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This isn't knitting for the timid; many of the designs boldly go where color knitting isn't supposed to go; there are patterns with 3, 4 even more colors per row. The colors are subtle and varied, knitted in an angora/wool mix to create the "shimmering" effect the Bohus designs were famous for. But if you embark on such a knitting adventure you will surely make a masterpiece you will wear or give with great pride.
A source for the kind of yarn that closely matches the Bohus mix is provided in the book, plus patterns for the famous fairisle-like yoke pattern models. Also included are jackets with matching designs to the yoke pullovers, mittens, and hats. You can certainly adapt the design to your own creations. Not all the designs require many colors per row; some are two color only throughout and some rely more on texture than color.
This book is worth reading for textile history, for history of women in clothing design, and for knitting history. And it's also a valuable knitting reference for people who like to knit their own designs as well as reproduce them from patterns. All in all, this book has a lot and is one of my great favorites.
To address some of the negative feedback that others have left regarding this book:
1. This is not a book of Fair Isle patterns - Fair Isle is specific to an island off of Scotland, although many people now seem to use the term Fair Isle interchangeably with stranded colorwork knitting.
2. The photo on the front cover is not a tam - it is the yoke of a Bohus sweater. I'm sure with a little ingenuity you could create a tam using the patterns in the book, but there is not specifically a tamoshanter pattern in the book.
3. There are not Scandinavian snowflake patterns in this book. If you are looking for that type of pattern, take a look at Sheila McGregor's "Traditional Scandinavian Knitting", or one of the many other Scandinavian knitting books available.
The book is well-written and loaded with illustrations of vintage Bohus pieces. The patterns and charts are clear - an experienced knitter should have no problem following them. The color work is well charted, for those who want design their own project around a favorite Bohus pattern, rather than re-creating one of the vintage garments.
I appreciate the pictures of the re-created clothing. The recommended yarns aren't as fluffy as the vintage yarns, so the colors don't blend the way they do in vintage pieces. The color work will "pop" more than in the original pieces. I imagine that one could substitute fluffier yarns (more mohair, angora, something) and then brush the finished piece for a more traditional effect.
Had I written this book, I would have concentrated more on charting the colorwork patterns rather than providing instructions on making entire garments. That is, I would have been even happier with this book had it included charts for more of the distinctive Bohus color work and fewer instructions on how to make an entire sweater.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such an interesting book so much history and pictures are great.Published 2 days ago by Jacquie Thomas
A wonderful purchase and worthly addition to any knitters collection. My wife wanted this book and the patterns are unique and she thoroughly enjoys reading itPublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm a huge fan of anything to do with Bohus Stickning. This is a great book for anyone that is a fan of these designs as well as the designer(s). I'm glad I got it.Published 1 month ago by Rachel
Excellent book! Now I know I can complete the bohus sweater that I have pattern and yarn for.Published 4 months ago by Lisa F.
This has been one of my favorite books focusing on knitting history. It has very few designs and patterns, but the story of this tradition and the economic opportunities it created... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'd hoped there would be more pictures of the historic sweaters. A great history and story of the women involved but I wanted to see the sweaters! Read morePublished 8 months ago by ROBIN ni Dana
This book is an icon, And I am very happy, that I got it. Looking forward to read, and try out some of the patterns :-). Thank you.Published 10 months ago by Anlaug Marvold