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A few weeks ago, we announced through a blog post that we had some things planned when it came to the way we use this blog and how interact with you here. In the past, we mainly posted our free patterns on this blog and that was pretty much it. There were no possibilities to comment on our posts or interact with us. Now that we opened our online shop, we will not be posting any more patterns here, so we realised that we have to do something new in this space, which is why we have started to actively write about all the things that are on our minds and we have also opened up for comments on the blog, in order to be more interactive with you! Today, we want to write a little bit more about inspiration:

We have always been passionate about our work and we’ve always said that it’s not the end product designed by us that interests us the most. No, for us, the interesting job is the design process, how we conceive an idea, how we develop it in our minds, how we research it, put it in a historical context, sketch it and how we see it come to life. We are constantly researching and looking for new ideas. Inspiration can come at any time! We may be walking on the streets of Paris and suddenly stop to pick up a candy wrapper that someone has thrown og the ground, which catches our attention due to the colour. We pick it up, save it and glue it in our art journal. And that piece of wrapping paper can start a huge process in our brains. Maybe it can be an idea for a sock yarn or a full 12 piece collection for Rowan later on. Who knows!

Here are a few examples of how we process thoughts in our Art Journals:

 

 

Many of you noticed the magazine with bobbin lace next to Carlos, on the photo below, which we posted on a blog post 2 weeks ago. And many of you were asking if we were designing some projects for bobbin lace. Well, the answer is no. We weren’t looking at that old magazine because we wanted to design projects in bobbin lace, we were just enjoying the photos of the ready made designs and thinking of different ways to translate the pattern itself it into a simple crochet pattern and from there on, create some interesting hand bag designs for the Schachenmayr Knit & Mix Summer 2020 collection.

There are so many approaches to a design process. One of the most interesting for us is looking to the past, studying and learning  time honoured techniques, looking at old photos of old designs and patterns. We take those designs, break them down to their basic elements and then rebuild them again in our own way and from a totally different point of view but always with a fresh eye. This way, we can design items that are modern and fresh, but deeply anchored in the past.

This week in the (radio) studio:

Yes, it’s that time of the month again, when we convert our space into a radio studio, to sit down, do a craft and talk about anything and everything that is on our minds! In our latest podcast, we cover everything from the insane weather that we’ve been having here to a deep discussion on trends to our upcoming projects and more!

Check out Podcast in our YouTube Channel.

The project that we are doing in this week’s podcast is the floral crochet throw that we have decided to name HEDVIG and which we have featured in several YouTube LiveStreams in 2018 and 2019. Many of you fell in love with the design and we have FINALLY been able to write a pattern and make our intricate, but easy-to-follow crochet charts for you to enjoy! You can download out the pattern on our online store.

Floral throw Featured on several LiveStreams, here from February 2019.

And here it is, in the back seat of our VW Beetle 1969

We hope you enjoy this week’s podcast and we know that you will enjoy crocheting these flowers, as they are a lot of fun to do!! Next week, we are going to be featuring the U.K. in our blog – so look out for a new post very, very soon!

Enjoy!

ARNE & CARLOS

Calendar of events (click on links for more info)

NEWS!! The TAOS retreat with Vogue Knitting has just opened up for registration! It will take place from October 24-27 and you can sight up here.

May 28th – June 3rd, 2019: “Knitting Under the Midnight Sun”. Cruise along the stunning Norwegian coast together with us. Due to another cancellation, we still have 1 cabin available. More information is available here.

August 15th – 19th, 2019: Tour some of Britain’s most stunning gardens together with us. In addition to visiting some seriously beautiful gardens in the Cotswolds, we have tickets to Prince Charles’ Garden at his private residence, Highgrove. These tickets are almost impossible to come by, so this is a unique chance! There are still a few spots available. We are SO excited about this trip!! More information is available here.

March 3rd – 9th, 2020: “Knitting under the Northern Lights”. Cruise along the stunning Norwegian coast together with us. We just opened this cruise for registration and half of the spots are already gone. We expect it to sell out very soon. More information is available here.

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Easter and the week immediately after were pretty nice in Southern Norway. We’ve had lots of sun and warm weather and we spent a lot of time out on our deck enjoying the sun. Lately though, it has been very cold, as Arctic air has been coming into Norway and May is turning out to be unusually cold. The weather is just so bizarre these days and we just can’t believe the view  that we we woke up to a few days ago, on May 9th :

Just so you know, this is very unusual for Norway! Sure, during this time of the year there can still be ice on the lake, which will usually be gone by the middle of May – but this much snow is insane! And a bit depressing too. Well, it looks like the weather will be improving in the days to come and hopefully we can get back to spring soon!

The cold and depressing weather hasn’t been all that bad for us, though. We have been able to sit in our studio, work and finish up the design work that we have been doing for Spring/Summer 2020. It’s always such a relief, when we finish a big project and can send off all the designs. And that is when all the work really starts. In the next few weeks and months, we will be working with the technical team, pattern writers and knitters and we will be answering a lot of questions and eventually we will start seeing ready made samples, do fittings and just make sure that all our designs end up looking the way we want the to look. We’d say that from the time we get a commission to design a collection and until the time the collection launches into the market, it takes between 9 – 12 months. And now that spring 2020 is out of the way, we can start working on Autumn / Winter 2020 – and that’s even before the summer of 2019 is officially here! When we work with books, it takes even longer – it takes about 2 years from our original ideas are pitched to the publisher until the book is ready printed and in our hands. No wonder we are always confused about the date or year, considering we live so far ahead in the future! We will write more about the design process in future blog posts, so make sure to come here weekly, to get the whole story.

Now, let’s talk about the next few weeks:

This week, we bring you yet another sock episode and show you how to do a closed toe cast on, so that you never again need to sew the hole of the toe, when you knit a toe-up sock! It’s actually very easy and makes a lot of sense, once you see how it is done. So we are sure a lot of people will be casting on socks this week! You can check out the episode here:

How to do a closed toe cast on. The ARNE & CARLOS Sock Special - YouTube

Next week on Sunday May 19th, we have a special treat for all of you:  we will be doing our special Podcast and feature work from the Floral Crochet Throw that we showed in our third Live Stream (the throw is shown at 11:05) which was broadcast 8 months ago. And Yes! There will be a pattern which will be available in our new shop!!

We wish you a great week ahead!

Enjoy!

ARNE & CARLOS

PS: if you missed last week’s episode about our spiral sock, check in out here. And click on this link to get the pattern.

Calendar of events (click on links for more info)

May 28th – June 3rd, 2019: “Knitting Under the Midnight Sun”. Cruise along the stunning Norwegian coast together with us. Due to another cancellation, we still have 1 cabin available. More information is available here.

August 15th – 19th, 2019: Tour some of Britain’s most stunning gardens together with us. In addition to visiting some seriously beautiful gardens in the Cotswolds, we have tickets to Prince Charles’ Garden at his private residence, Highgrove. These tickets are almost impossible to come by, so this is a unique chance! There are still a few spots available. We are SO excited about this trip!! More information is available here.

March 3rd – 9th, 2020: “Knitting under the Northern Lights”. Cruise along the stunning Norwegian coast together with us. We just opened this cruise for registration and half of the spots are already gone. We expect it to sell out very soon. More information is available here.

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Hi everyone!

We really love our double pointed needles!

We both learnt to knit small things on the round using dpns, which is also the traditional way of knitting smaller projects in Norway. Knitting small items on the round, like socks, dolls or even Christmas balls with circular needles feels very strange to both of us. And let’s not get started on the magic loop, which we really dislike! We are all different and when it comes to the choices that we all make, it really is a matter of habits, taste and what suits each one of us the best. There are no right ways or wrong ways to knit or crochet, as it is the end result that counts! Personally, we are both masters with dpns but become very uncomfortable when it comes to circulars or the magic loop for smaller projects. It is only when we cast on a larger number of stitches, starting from 96 stitches for a hat (96 is such a great number for knitting, by the way!) and upwards that we enjoy knitting with circulars. And since we are from Norway, we will knit everything, including sweaters and jackets on the round, so we do use circular needles for larger projects all the time.

Toe- up sock knitting with metal needles.

We have been reading the comments on our latest YouTube tutorial and we are noticing that many people have been asking us if it’s possible to knit the spiral sock with circular needles. And the answer to this question is: Yes! Of course it’s possible! As long as you are knitting a small project on the round, you can absolutely replace a set of 5 dpns  with circular needles and you can also do magic loop, if that’s your thing… We will obviously never show you how to knit “two at a time with magic loop” but the principle of knitting a sock on the round remains the same – regardless of whether you choose dpns or circulars.

Our best tip when knitting with dpns

So, if you are considering trying knitting with dpns here is something you should always consider:

Selecting the right type of needle for each project is essential!

The market is full of different kinds of needles: bamboo/wood, metal, carbon, plastic and other kinds of composite materials. So, what should you consider when selecting your dpns? Well, it really depends on the project you are doing, but if you are going to knit a pair of socks using a 4-ply yarn (fingering weight) suitable for needles 2.5 mm or 3 mm, we would recommend first timers on dpns to consider avoiding metal and even carbon needles. Bamboo and wooden needles tend to be more light weight and not so slippery, so there are less problems with needles that fall out of your knitting, especially in the beginning of a project where you cast on a small number of stitches, before you start to increase. However, if you are knitting something that you are going to stuff later on, like one of our Christmas balls or a doll, then you may want to tighten up your knitting so that the stuffing doesn’t show through and then, metal needles would probably work better, as they are less flexible than bamboo or wooden needles and won’t break as easily as wooden needles do. If you decide on using metal needles, the squared ones tend to be less slippery and are actually very comfortable to hold. Length is also very important, so make sure that you are not knitting with too short or too long needles. Personally, we will always choose the 18 cm (7”) needle length for socks. So, next time you are considering doing something with dpns, think about the project that you want to make and select the needles accordingly. There are many choices available and there are several options for everyone. We’d also like to ask you to keep in mind that all LYS have dedicated and passionate people working there, who know how to knit and who can advise you and help you to select the type of needle which would work best for a specific project in order to help you take your knitting to the next level!

We hope you are enjoying knitting the spiral socks and we wish you a continued great week!

See you on Sunday on YouTube at our usual time, 6:00pm CEST // 11:00am CDT

ARNE & CARLOS

PS: If you haven’t seen our latest tutorial, you can catch up by clicking here.The pattern for the spiral sock is available here.

Knitting a short row heel and top-down socks with bamboo needles.

Casting on for a toe up sock with larger needles.

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A lot has been going on here for the past few months and it’s about time we announce the changes that we have been working on and talk about the things that we want to do in the future, especially when it comes to our social media platforms and most importantly: the way we interact with you!

Since we are only posting very sporadically on Instagram and Facebook nowadays, we have decided to become more active here on this blog and we will make sure to post updates on all the things that are going on around here, hopefully on a weekly basis. This will compensate for our absence on the other platforms, so make sure to subscribe to our updates or check in on the blog regularly from now, to find out what we are up to! You will also notice, if you look at the bottom of this post, that we have now opened for comments on our blog posts. This is something that we have been thinking about doing for a long time and finally we got it done! So, from now on, you can also leave a reply to our posts here on the blog and we hope that this will make the experience on this platform more interactive, as we intend to follow up and reply to as many comments as we can. We want to encourage you to comment on our blog posts and give us your feedback, as we really want to hear from you!

  

Let’s talk about what we have been up to lately: April at the Studio.

Now, to our weekly update, which, for the first time is going to be a monthly update, as we do have some catching up to do!

April was a quiet but busy month for us. We have been in Norway all the time, working at our studio and will continue to do so for the next few weeks, as we have some design projects that we are working on at the moment and which we need to wrap up. We don’t think we have ever explained to you how long ahead in time we actually work, but currently, we are designing collections for Spring/Summer 2020 and will hopefully have everything finalised by May 15th. Then, after we return from our Knitting Under the Midnight Sun Cruise on June 3rd, we will start our work for Autumn/Winter 2020 and also start thinking about Spring/Summer 2021. Designing knitwear for a brand like Rowan or developing sock yarns for Regia is a process that takes a long time and we will be writing more about our timelines in the coming updates, so that you get a better understanding of what the life of full-time designers really looks like.

Working on some new designs. Do you see anything on Carlos’ desk that catches your interest? Let us know in the comments.

Easter came late this year and we decided, for the first time since 2015, to take the entire Easter week off, and enjoyed some fabulous, warm and sunny weather up in the high mountains in Jotunheimen, which is very close to where we live. We were also able to spend some time with our family as well, which was lovely. So, we feel totally refreshed and ready to finish up on our projects! Now, the snow has melted completely and we have also started to tidy up our garden and prepare it for the season. In the next few weeks, things will start to grow very quickly and by the end of May, we will have an explosion of greenery and flowers! It’s always an exciting and fun time for us. This year, we have big plans to start making a new kitchen garden and the work to renovate the old warehouse, which will eventually become our new studio, will also resume again this summer. We will write more about the renovation and the new kitchen garden as the season progresses. And we will be doing updates from our garden as well as composting with Bokashi on YouTube this summer, so stay tuned!

Snow is gone and it’s time to get the garden ready! Freja is there to help, as always.

Our Final Thoughts on Raising Pattern Prices:

We know about the discussions on pricing that have been going on in the knitting community lately, about people wanting to raise their pattern prices considerably, in order to cover their costs. We just wanted you to know that we are very happy charging our current prices ($6 for small accessories, $7 – $ 8 for larger designs that include things like complex charts or grading ) and have no intention of raising them. And on the subject of inclusivity, our YouTube channel is for everyone to enjoy and will always continue to be 100% free of charge. Also, for those of you who are not aware: We have published around 100 free patterns on our blog that support the free tutorials that we have on YouTube, and which will also continue to remain completely free. Everyone is welcome to use these patterns and we really hope you will enjoy making some of those projects! We did start to charge for new patterns from January 2019 and have now finally opened our own online shop, but even if we intend to sell patterns through our online shop, we will still continue to post a free pattern from time to time.

We wish you a great week ahead!

ARNE & CARLOS

Calendar of events (click on links for more info)

May 28th – June 3rd, 2019: “Knitting Under the Midnight Sun”. Cruise along the stunning Norwegian coast together with us. Due to a cancellation, we still have 1 cabin available. More information is available here.

August 15th – 19th, 2019: Tour some of Britain’s most stunning gardens together with us. In addition to visiting some seriously beautiful gardens in the Cotswolds, we have tickets to Prince Charles’ Garden at his private residence, Highgrove. These tickets are almost impossible to come by, so this is a unique chance! There are still a few spots available. We are SO excited about this trip!! More information is available here.

March 3rd – 9th, 2020: “Knitting under the Northern Lights”. Cruise along the stunning Norwegian coast together with us. We just opened this cruise for registration and half of the spots are already gone. We expect it to sell out very soon. More information is available here.

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Hi everyone!

In this week’s episode, we take a look at how to knit a sock without heel. The sock design that we have come up with is called a “Spiral Sock” in Norway. It’s a fun sock to knit and the diagonal spiral design ensures a perfect fit on the foot and heel. Just knit the desired length and that’s pretty much it! It’s super easy!!

You will find the full pattern for the sock by visiting our brand new online shop or  by clicking here.

Check out the video tutorial below.

Enjoy!

ARNE & CARLOS

How to Knit a sock without Turning a Heel by ARNE & CARLOS - YouTube

   

  

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We are pleased to announce that our online shop is finally open!

This means that we have moved all our existing patterns that we have been selling from our Ravelry shop into our own online shop. You will find our shop by visiting our website at www.arnecarlos.com and selecting “Shop” from the main menu or by clicking here.

Enjoy!

ARNE & CARLOS

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Join us for a fun Q & A! This is the third in this year’s series, but there will be more to come. We hope we have answered your questions well and we must thank you again for sending us all those fun questions, it’s such a great way for you to get to know us better!

Enjoy!

ARNE & CARLOS

Q & A part 3 with ARNE & CARLOS - YouTube
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We decided that we needed snow this Easter, so we went up to the high mountains near where we live, for some late spring skiing and Easter fun and will spend the weekend here!!

We wish you a happy Easter and we will be back starting next Sunday with new episodes!

Happy Easter! ARNE & CARLOS - Enjoy your holiday!! - YouTube
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Click here for more information:

Early bird registration for KNIT STARS 4.0 is open now!! Knit Stars is an amazing online knitting summit that takes place every year, in the comfort of your own living room. This year, KNIT STARS will take you to one of our favourite places in the whole world: PERU! Knit Stars is also focusing on sustainability in 2019, which is something we find extremely important, so you will definitely want to participate and learn more about how your knitting can be more sustainable.

Also, during the early bird sales window, you will be able to purchase the 3 previous Knit Stars at a discounted price: Knit Stars 1.0, Knit Stars 2.0 and the very excellent Knit Stars 3.0, where we participated!

Click here to sign up: https://knitstars.mykajabi.com/a/4441/PhDUWVRu

   EARLY BIRD WINDOW:
  • Sign up before April 27th, 9:00 am CEST (April 26th, midnight PDT)
  • The early bird price for Knit Stars 4.0 as well as each previous Knit Stars is $199.
  • Knit Stars 4.0 will take place sometime in November 2019.

     CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

   

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Easter and Spring are here! We are delighted to finally be able to do a knitting podcast and we hope you enjoy watching us knit this mini sweater and to hear about Norwegian Easter traditions as well as our opinion on bottom-up vs. top-down sweaters!

You can download the pattern for these super cute Egg warmers here.

Enjoy!

ARNE & CARLOS

The ARNE & CARLOS Easter Special Podcast: Bottom-up or Top-down sweaters? - YouTube

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