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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!

Click here to access our shop.

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.

CALENDAR of EVENTS 2020

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!

ARNE & CARLOS

    • Carol on January 20, 2020 at 4:17 am

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    Very interesting!

    • Isabel on January 20, 2020 at 6:57 am

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    I love your videos and thank you for the time and effort you put into them. My only regret is that you post on Sunday evenings, which is not a time when I can relax and enjoy them, though I suppose it works well for your US subscribers. Usually I have to wait until the following Saturday. Since you record them in advance, would it be possible to do a Sunday morning post for those of us in Europe? Off to work now, but looking forward to watching this next Saturday. Cheers from deepest France.

      • Linda Douglas on January 20, 2020 at 7:50 am

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      But youcan watch them at any time, Isabel, so there’s no need to make videos to suit every single time zone in the world.

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      Sorry, but we can’t make videos to suit everyone’s schedule. Our videos have always been and will continue to be posted at 6:00pm CET // 11:00am CST. Once they are posted, they can be seen any time.

      • Dorothy on January 21, 2020 at 4:15 am

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      Isabel. The beauty of podcasts is that we can watch whenever we are in our zen time. So sorry you are off to work, but on the other hand, you enjoy Friday evenings sooner. Stay well and stay happy

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    Dear A & C,
    I loved this video! I’m very interested in how history weaves itself (literally) with knitting and many other aspects of society. You explained it so well and it ended all too soon. Thank you again, Lu in Australia

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    Merci très intéressant et très agréable à écouter.Bonne Journée Andrée

    • Mindy on January 20, 2020 at 10:26 am

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    Really enjoy the history of Norwegian knitted patterns! More, please.

    • Sharon on January 20, 2020 at 1:07 pm

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    Love your tutorials on Norwegian knitting. I have a small percentage of Norwegian DNA but it is very strong and comes through in my knitting…lol. Thank you both for educating the world on The Norwegian culture.

    • Emily Stamm on January 20, 2020 at 1:34 pm

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    Love the video as well as your beautiful conservatory.

    • Marja Tulp on January 20, 2020 at 1:43 pm

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    I love it. Het is een geweldig mooi patroon die ik zeker eens ga proberen.
    Dank jullie wel hiervoor.
    Mijn man en ik zijn vorig jaar in Noorwegen op vakantie geweest en ik ben helemaal weg van jullie bewerken, en van de natuur in Noorwegen.

    • louise arsenault on January 20, 2020 at 2:28 pm

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    You’re so right that the Maruta Grasmane’s book “Mittens of Latvia” is stunning. It has 178 patterns with a photo of the knitted mitten on the right page and the pattern on the left page, different wrists and thumbs patterns. I have the book in french (yes, it was translated in french -“Les moufles de la Lettonie”- which is rarely the case in knitting books) and it was at a very reasonable price. For me, it is a bible of knitting patterns, which is also adaptable to knitting not only for mittens.
    I follow you all the time, guys, and admire you. Continue you incredible work and your videos, stories, patterns, etc. are admirable. Louise, from Québec City (today’s temperature: -17°C, the right temp. for staying Inside and knit!).

    • Becky Wahl on January 20, 2020 at 3:50 pm

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    Loved it. I’m going to order the pattern right away. I love the history. See you on the cruise soon!

    • Laurie on January 20, 2020 at 5:18 pm

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    I loved this video! The history of the patterns, including the region of origin, is especially interesting to me as my mother’s family came from Norway (around the Laerdal region) to settle in Minnesota so I grew up surrounded by Norwegian food and culture. I can’t wait to see more videos like this one.

    • Cynthia Olga Sindall on January 20, 2020 at 5:46 pm

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    Thank you, both, for starting a series on iconic patterns of Norway. I recently asked the question on a FB group, “Is there a pattern from the Kristiansund area?” where my grandmother was born in the 19th century. I should broaden that question and ask, if there is a More og Romsdal pattern. (Please excuse the spelling. I do not have a Norwegian alphabet.) It would be so nice to be able to knit a sweater for my grandson with the pattern from his great, great grandmother’s birth place!

    • Renee on January 20, 2020 at 7:10 pm

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    Hi!
    Love all of your work! I have each of your books and am wondering if a new one is in the works?
    … Renee

    • Shirley Beard on January 20, 2020 at 8:10 pm

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    What time should I set my alarm for the live stream on January 25? I always like to have the champagne poured. 🥳

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    Love your idea for a video series like this. I enjoyed watching and listening to the history and why the design is meaningful to you.

    • Rebecca on January 20, 2020 at 10:03 pm

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    love all your posts . I’ve asked this question many times but yet to have anyone answer it. Why does the Norwegians knit theit mittens too a point? Here in america we knit ours with a more rounded end to them.

    • Jasmin on January 20, 2020 at 11:08 pm

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    Hello Arne and Carlos: since you often base your patterns on history, have you ever considered knit patterns based on a Viking theme ? The Vikings had many awesome patterns and symbols and runes that you surely know about as part of your countries history😊PS: I knitted (first time ever) wool slippers as per your pattern: best winter house “shoes “ever ! Easy pattern to follow for beginner like me! I used 100 percent Argan wool from the“Fleece &Harmony “wool mill on Prince Edward Island. I wash them in washmachine once in a while and slip them on damp so they keep their shape. Many greetings from your knit fan Jasmin from Vancouver Island British Columbia

    • Sherry on January 21, 2020 at 12:56 am

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    Self taught, I throw my yarn but love the swift way of Norwegian knit/purl. Going to try it. Still having

    • Sherry on January 21, 2020 at 12:56 am

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    Self taught, I throw my yarn but love the swift way of Norwegian knit/purl. Going to try it. Still having

    • Sherry on January 21, 2020 at 12:57 am

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    Self taught, I throw my yarn but love the swift way of Norwegian knit/purl. Going to try it. Still having
    Disregard duo message🙂

    • Sarah Kalen Runnacles on January 21, 2020 at 8:29 am

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    I love hearing about the history- my father was Swedish and I have a couple of his sweaters from the ‘olden’ days.
    Thank you- so inspiring and informative.
    I watch you over breakfast the following day and it sends me off to work very happy!

    • Helen Edwards Hendrickson Lyons on January 21, 2020 at 8:47 pm

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    Your video so meets my needs for refreshing scenery of the greenhouse and the greenery and for the demonstration of the pattern by Arne. I plan to buy the sock pattern but now feel challenged to knit the King Harald sweater because my great-grandparents emigrated from Jelsa, Norway, to the USA in 1870. Enjoy hearing the Norweigan words you sometimes use.

    • Becky (soon to be on your cruise) on January 23, 2020 at 3:31 pm

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    I just received the book Mittens of Latvia by Maruta Grasmane. It was $50.00. The same day Invisible Threads in Knitting by Annemor Sundbø was $125.00. I did not order it. I should have. Tomorrow is my birthday and my husband said to order it. So I just went on to amazon and the book is now $505.00 and a couple others are over $900.00. Is this crazy! Do you have any idea where I can get the book?

    • Becky Wahl on January 23, 2020 at 3:35 pm

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    Another thought is if you can get the book for me and bring it on the cruise I can pay you then.

    Is your Book 2 that you showed available?

    Thank you.

    PS: I met you in Woolwinders in November.

    • Becky Wahl on January 23, 2020 at 3:38 pm

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    Another thought is if you can get the book for me and bring it on the cruise I can pay you then.

    Is your Book 2 that you showed available?

    Thank you.

    PS: I met you in Woolwinders in November.

    Please post this as it’s an add on to the one I just sent.

    • Rae on January 23, 2020 at 10:25 pm

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    Thank you for sharing this piece of history by linking it to your knitting.
    A true gem of cultural heritage even down to the colours of the original sweater in red and white!
    I’d love to see more like this.

    • Joy prewitt on January 26, 2020 at 7:32 pm

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    Ordered several patterns eff runs from your web shop and never received them on download on my phone please help me

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      We can not help you from here. Please send us an email, you can fill in the contact form on our website.

    • Sandra M on January 27, 2020 at 5:02 am

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    Thank you Arne and Carlos for creating these mini series! I really enjoyed and learned so much about the history of Norwegian patterns. Can’t wait for next week’s mini series video! Loved the garden conservatory and the soothing sounds of the knitting needles in nature. Greetings from NY! Sandra M.

    • Anna on January 27, 2020 at 5:59 pm

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    I love your videos. History has always been interesting to me and is very important to understand. Here in the US history is taught as a single subject when I find it interconnected to everything and life. Please have more videos explaining the history of knitting, crocheting and the arts.

    • Monika Weichselgartner on February 3, 2020 at 1:38 pm

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    Your Iconic Norwegian Knitting Patterns I love them. I am only knitting Raglan Cardigans and sometimes socks. There is many Inspiration for me to make my own Patterns for knitting a new Cardigan for me.

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