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Introducing our New Mini Series: Iconic Norwegian Knitting Patterns and the stories behind them!

We are back to work now and very excited about the new miniseries that we’ve just start showing on our YouTube channel. In these videos, we will be talking about some of the most iconic stranded colour work knitting patterns in Norway and share some of the stories behind them!

This week, we start with a pattern that we really love and that we tend to call “DOVRE”. This pattern belongs to our Norwegian heritage but can also be found in many other countries and knitting cultures, as shown in a pair of mittens from the stunning book “Mittens of Latvia” by Maruta Grasmane.

The story of this particular knitting pattern takes a dramatic turn in 1940, when Germany invades Norway and the Royal Family is forced to flee the country. To hear the story and learn more about this beautiful pattern, check out our video here below:


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As promised in the video, here are some interesting books that you need to read, if you want to know more about the origins of all these wonderful colour work patterns:

The excellent book “Mittens from Latvia” by Maruta Grasmane. Click on the image for more information.




If you’d like to learn more about Norwegian knitting patterns, this book, “Invisible Threads in Knitting” by Annemor Sundbø is an excellent resource. Click for more details.

We’ve used this pattern a lot in our work. Here is a garment designed by us in our past life as fashion designers, sometime around 2007. Photo by Ragnar Hartvig.

Our current king, HM King Harald V of Norway photographed when he was Prince Harald in 1940. Photo: Ander Beer Wilse / Norsk Folkemuseum.














Other news this week: We are now back to work after spending the first 3 weeks at home, relaxing, skiing and regaining our energy after the hectic 78-day tour that we did last year. We have also been location scouting, as the Rowan team will be joining us here in Norway next week, to photograph our upcoming collection for them as well as a few other magazines.

And next weekend, we will record 16 new episodes for our Channel – as well as do our LiveStream on Saturday January 25th.

How relaxing is this?!

Currently, in our web shop, you will be able to get the pattern from this week’s video, for our Dovre sock, which we are also calling “The Easiest Colour Work Sock in the World” because it is based in our pattern for a sock with afterthought heel. This pattern also has a reinforced heel and toe, to give it the same thickness all over. So, these socks are not only easy and super fun to knit, they will also keep your feet nice and toasty while you tell everyone the stories behind the pattern!

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Dovre Socks. Click on the image to get the pattern.

We’ve also uploaded 5 new colour work hats, which you can get here or by clicking on the image below.

Click on the image to get the patterns.

There are many other great patterns on our web shop, including the patterns for both Rowan sweaters in the layered colour work technique, that we are wearing in our Q&A. Click here to access our web shop.


January 25th at 6:00pm CET // 11:00am CST: Join us for our LiveStream!

March 2 – 9, 2020 and March 8 – 16, 2020: Knitting under the Aurora Borealis onboard the Norwegian Coastal Express, Norway. 2 cruises. (sold out)

March 27 – April 7, 2020: Knitting Cruise in New Zealand (sold out). 

April 2020: We have considered a few appearances in Australia after the cruise is over, but the planning of these events has been delayed due to the current situation with the bushfires in Australia. If we go ahead with a couple of events in Australia, we will announce them in the middle or end of February.

June 4 – 10, 2020:  English Stately Homes, Gardens and Knitting in the U.K. (sold out)

September 11 – 24, 2020: Knitting Along the Most Beautiful Coastline in the World, Onboard the Norwegian Coastal Express, Norway. The classic roundtrip. (Only a few spots left. Click here for more)

October 9-12, 2020: Knitting retreat in Tono, Japan. Priority will be given to local knitters from the Tohoku area and to members of the ARNE & CARLOS Fan Club JAPAN.

Wishing you a great week ahead!