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ARNE & CARLOS x TrondheimSolistene Collaboration

We are delighted to announce a collaboration with TrondheimSolistene, one of the most exciting ensembles of Norwegian musicians on the international stage!

The collaboration between the two artistic partners was first explored after meeting at the St Magnus Festival in the Orkney Islands in 2014 and again in 2017.  Having experienced each other’s work at the Festival, a shared understanding gradually revealed itself, and despite coming from different genres, our mutual focus on Norway´s unique folk heritage gave us many lines of synergy.

Our relationship with TrondheimSolistene was revived during the early months of lockdown in 2020, and after receiving a commission from them, we designed a series of patterns for mittens and fingerless gloves for them. These designs take inspiration from traditional Norwegian folk art known as  ‘rosemaling’. The beautiful spiral forms in both the mitten and fingerless glove also evoke elements of the bass key used in music, so the match is perfect!


Fingerless gloves designed by ARNE & CARLOS for TondheimSolistene. Click on image to get the pattern.


We will continue to develop our collaboration in 2021 – so keep your eyes peeled for more information!


Mittens designed by ARNE & CARLOS for TondheimSolistene. Click on image to get the pattern. (*The sweater pattern is not part of the collaboration and is not available for purchase)


You can already now purchase the patterns for the ARNE & CARLOS x TrondheimSolistene Mittens and Fingerless Gloves in our webshop. Click here or click on any of the beautiful images in this post to get the patterns.

Also, make sure to enjoy the “Trondheim Sound” to get an idea of what is to come, by watching this 2-minute video.





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Mittens designed by ARNE & CARLOS for TondheimSolistene. Click on image to get the pattern.

Mittens designed by ARNE & CARLOS for TondheimSolistene. Click on image to get the pattern. (*The sweater pattern is not part of the collaboration and is not available for purchase)


Photography: Terje Trobe
Musicians in the photos: Nella Penjin, Ola Lindseth

Click here to find out more about TrondheimSolistene!

    • Reenie on February 16, 2021 at 2:49 pm


    Mom to a violinist – will be making the wrist warmers for him!

    The music is lovely thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to live music in concert halls – it’s been too long!

    • Cristina Cusano on February 16, 2021 at 2:56 pm



    • Cyn on February 16, 2021 at 3:07 pm


    Love love love.

    • Fran Friesen on February 16, 2021 at 3:12 pm


    Wonderful and rich! Will be watching for more.

    • Becky May on February 16, 2021 at 3:31 pm


    As a string player- THANK YOU!
    One of my pet peeves is adds with models who obviously don’t know how to even hold a string instrument. ( There are lots of us. It shouldn’t be hard to find someone to photograph. ) Thank you for photos of musicians!

    • Kathy on February 16, 2021 at 5:53 pm


    I cannot wait for the new music sessions!

    • Ellen R Hansen on February 16, 2021 at 6:41 pm


    Great music and wonderful mittens and wrist warmers. What a terrific collaboration.

    • Ann Olson on February 16, 2021 at 6:51 pm


    Just downloaded the gorgeous pattern. Curious where to find this yarn in the U.S.?

    • Susan Cooper on February 16, 2021 at 8:10 pm


    Beautiful music. Thank you for sharing .

    • Nancy on February 16, 2021 at 8:20 pm


    What an absolutely fabulous and exciting collaboration! And thank you for introducing me to the Trondheim Sound. The video is beautiful and moving. I am looking forward to the exciting things to come!

    • Judy on February 17, 2021 at 6:44 pm


    Advent 2021 Idea: In keeping with your new music collaboration/theme and continuing with the Norwegian/Scandinavian Christmas traditions, how about featuring Christmas and winter songs you would hear in Norway over the holidays? You could organize the carols into themes with four in all (one for each week) and then create a hat or mittens or other item incorporating the theme. For example, songs with winter nights or snow in them could feature stars and snowflakes while songs with trees and Christmas decorations could feature trees. Or you could have a different song every day with a square connected to the song and then sew the squares into a Christmas scarf or Christmas pillow. It would be interesting and fun to hear Norwegian traditional carols.

    Your new mitten and wrist warmer patterns are beautiful!

    Thanks for your videos and patterns.

    • Kathy Goodman on February 17, 2021 at 6:53 pm


    Such gorgeous music! I played the clarinet for 10 years and loved both marching season and concert season. I was reminded of those years (even though I was in a band, not an orchestra) and how much I loved music of all kinds from Opera to Rock & Roll. My mom and I would go to the opera together or to a concert. My husband didn’t listen to music of any kind and I lost that part of my life. Now that I am alone I need to turn off the TV or the internet sometimes and listen to my old records. I even have a record from my band when I was in high school, that would be fun to find and listen to! Thank you so much for sharing this and bringing back such fond memories.

    • Mamie on February 17, 2021 at 8:17 pm


    I found their sound very inspiring and would love to hear more of their music. Thank you for the share!

    • Anne Lokken on February 18, 2021 at 3:47 pm


    Loved the video of the TrondheimSolistene, great music, fab players! This is what I also do for a living so it’s very exciting to see classical musicians featured here! Love the partnership – music + knitting. Of course I purchased the pattern and will make myself the wrist warmers to start with because I can wear them while I play my viola. Much love!

    • Tilly pacheco on February 18, 2021 at 4:35 pm


    Arne, Sarafina fiber art has great felting tutorials. Enjoy. she is on YouTube!

    • Anne Nelligan on February 19, 2021 at 3:54 pm


    I am sharing the music and beauty with all my family and friends, joyful sounds and genius at work here. The mittens and wrist warmers pattern creates an image of sheet music painted in the sky. I loved the sit and knit also, I am imaging all your nieces and nephews playing at running the train station. A doll house of the train station I am building in my mind, I think it will make a painting.

    • Lesley Wood on February 20, 2021 at 7:51 pm


    Inspiring and beautiful music all at the same time. Thank you.

    • Steffanie on February 21, 2021 at 2:30 pm


    Can’t wait for more—— you never disappoint—— you guys are so inspirational!!!! Thank you for always tickling our imagination and creativity. WHAT FUN !!!!!!

    • Laurel on February 24, 2021 at 1:14 pm


    What a lovely way to begin my morning! I love the sound of string instruments, and this was outstanding. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jeanne L. on March 6, 2021 at 5:22 am


    I am so excited! I still have the Ask yarn for the mitten pattern you contributed to Knit Stars 3. I don’t wear mittens much (not that cold in California) but really like fingerless gloves / wrist warmers, and this acanthus pattern is beautiful. So I am looking forward to using that yarn for these fingerless gloves. Perfect!

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