Bohus cardigan for American Girl doll by Irene Aksilenko
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Bohus cardigan for American Girl doll

Knitting
December 2013
Sport (12 wpi) ?
7 stitches and 9 rows = 1 inch
in stockinet
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
American Girl doll, 18" Gotz doll, other 18" dolls with similar body measurements
This pattern is available from etsy.com for $5.00.

Bohus knitwear and knitting are synonymous with a finely knit and designed garment. It was established in one of the southern provinces of Sweden (that’s where the name comes from) in the 1930th.
That was time of great depression and one woman decided to find way to provide relied work for local women. Her name was Emma Jacobsson.
Those women were doing all designing and actual hand knitting themselves.
Their style was a combination of Fair Isle, Gansey and Shetland Lace.
The business was closed in 1969, but the word “Bohus Knitting” is still alive and is known to all who seek stylish garments made of highest quality fibers ( 50%-60% angora 40%-50% merino wool). Their impeccable hand work and pattern design stand out even today among the mass produced knitwear.

I have knitted a Bohus cardigan for American Girl Doll using the yarn that today is sold for those who want to try this type of knitting themselves –30% angora and 70% merino wool by Kimmet Croft Yarns (https://www.etsy.com/shop/KIMMETCROFTFIBER).
It can be gently hand washed if needed and laid flat to dry.

The yoke design is a shortened and simplified variation of “The Blue Shimmer” by Bohus.
The pattern used 6 contrast plus 1 main color .
The original “Blue Shimmer” incorporates 10 contrast colors in addition to the main color of the cardigan.

The cardigan style, yoke and stitch pattern, bands placement are all done according to the Bohus knitting instructions.

It’s truly one of a kind sweater for you doll. Doesn’t she deserve only the best?