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Let’s Talk About Fixing Annoying Mistakes in Knitting and our Latest Photo Shoot for Rowan!

Oh boy, last week was hectic!

We started the week with a photo shoot for Rowan that took place here in Norway, in some stunning locations near our home. The team consisted of the two of us + stylist and designer Lisa Richardson from Rowan, a photographer, a photographer’s assistent, a hair and make up artist, 2 models and a couple of Siberian Huskies! Although it was a lot of work, we really enjoyed ourselves and were a bit sad when the shoot was done and everyone (except for the Huskies, who live next door to us) returned to the U.K. We are looking forward to sharing the final images as well as our new Unisex collection for ROWAN, which will be released in August 2020! While we wait for the collection, enjoy these behind the scene images!

The photographer, Moy together with Lisa Richardson and Chris, the photographer’s assistant. Photo: Fredrik Holte Breien

Arne and Inger Torill, the owner of the beautiful farm located about 10 minutes drive from our home, where we shot on location. Photo: Fredrik Holte Breien.

Figuring things out. Photo: Fredrik Holte Breien

Getting the model, Theresa, ready for the next photo. Photo: Fredrik Holte Breien.

After the Rowan team left, our usual team consisting of Erik and Anna came up to film new YouTube episodes and as many of you know, our Live Stream didn’t go exactly as planned as we had some massive technical problems. Anyway, we were able to film 18 new episodes this weekend and we are looking forward to editing everything, as we have got some really great episodes lined up for you!

Now, let’s talk about some really annoying mistakes: You’ve been working on a lovely colour work sock for some time. You pick up your knitting and suddenly discover you made a small mistake in the colour work and then kept going for 20 more rounds. Now, you can’t stop noticing the error and want to rip the whole thing out again… This week on our channel, we will show you how to fix that annoying mistake without having to rip up your entire knitting! Check out the video here:


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Currently, in our web shop, you will be able to get the pattern from this week’s video, for our Rondane 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.


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). 

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!



    • Kathy on February 2, 2020 at 6:15 pm


    Thank you for the tip on fixing a mistake. Loved both of your sweaters in the video.

    • Ginny on February 2, 2020 at 10:06 pm


    Very interesting. I found a very glaring mistake in my fingering weight color work last night and did not want to rip back hundreds of stitches. I had to only drop down four rows but I had a block of seven stitches by four rows that were out of order. I dropped one column to the left side of the mistake and laddered up. Then dropped the column on the right side of this mess and laddered up. Repeat! One problem with this method is that laddering might get tight depending how often a color is used and if there is sufficient length of the yarn rungs of the right color. But what I really like is that I could clearly see the order of the rungs and didn’t get rungs crossed. Yes, the fix often looks wonky but tugging and stretching really helps make it settle in. I like the idea of putting a needle just below the mistake to secure the stitches. For those who think this is scary just try it. It is very liberating to fix a mistake stitch(es) way down in your work and not have to rip out.

      • Annie B on February 12, 2020 at 5:02 pm


      Hi Ginny, taking the liberty of passing on a tip a knitting mentor gave me. On the “column” of stitches that you are knitting back up, use smaller needles than your working needle, and give a little tug to slightly tighten the stitch immediately before your column and after your column. Though you will still need to massage the reworked portion into shape, the knitting itself will be MUCH simpler.


    • Lenna Cummings on February 3, 2020 at 1:44 am


    I so enjoy your YouTube channel, and your blog! I also want to thank you so much for your informative tutorials! I look forward to them each week! Because of you, I have made your embroidered needle case and have enjoyed making crazy quilt tote bags for my family. I also ordered your Christmas balls book and made knitted ornaments for everyone this year. Because of, my husband and I found out we are each 4% Norwegian, which prompted me to make the ornaments.
    I really think you should put on your travel itinerary a visit to Decorah, Iowa, United States. It is a small town with a large Norwegian population. There you will find the very impressive Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum. In the year 2011, the king and queen of Norway visited the town of Decorah. You will also find, down the street, a very quaint knitting shop named the Blue Heron. Think about it!
    Thank you for letting us into your lives!

      • Kelly O'Brien on February 3, 2020 at 4:34 am


      I agree about the Vesterheim! Their textiles collection and exhibit is off-the-charts amazing.

      • Kate on February 3, 2020 at 4:35 am


      Yes, I will second Lenna’s Suggestion that you visit Decorah and Vesterheim. If word got out that you would be in Decorah, knitters from hundreds of miles away (like me in Dubuque) would travel to see you. Blue Heron Knittery in Decorah is a fabulous lys.

    1. Reply

      Hi Lena,

      Vi visited the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah in 2012 and held a lecture there.

    • Susan on February 3, 2020 at 4:35 am


    Sometimes I drop down and fix mistakes as you showed, but for such a small mistake in color work I would try to fix it by duplicate stitch instead. It’s a really nice sock pattern.

    Looking forward to the pictures from the photo shoot!

    1. Reply

      Of course you can do duplicate stitch when it’s a colour work mistake! But the point of the video is to show other ways of fixing mistakes, when duplicate stitch won’t work,

    • Deb on February 3, 2020 at 9:43 am


    I have actually used that technique for fixing a mistake, but never in colour work – I wouldn’t have known you could do that, so the video is really helpful. I’m knitting your Tobias hat right now for my husband, so this tip could come in very handy! I absolutely love the design and earthy colours. Looking forward to knitting your fishbone pattern hat afterwards.

    • Monika Weichselgartner on February 3, 2020 at 1:17 pm


    ist a very good way to repair a mistake

    monika from bavaria

    • Eileen Whitwam on February 3, 2020 at 3:15 pm


    I’m with you Carlos; I’d leave that mistake alone!

    • Pat on February 4, 2020 at 1:33 am


    Unbelievable how he fixed that sock! Amazing work! I would have either taken it up or left it.

    • Rebecca Hickey on February 4, 2020 at 2:09 pm


    Thank you for this video. I have sometimes attempted to correct my mistakes on all the stitches in a row rather than one stitch in the row working back up to the current row.

    • Gill Napier on February 4, 2020 at 3:11 pm


    Hej Arne and Carlos.
    I’m in the middle of knitting quite an intricate cable jumper and can see I’ve missed a twist out quite a few rows down. Could I use this method to remedy the error, or like Carlos said on the video, leave it (as it will make it unique!!)
    Enjoy your trips this year.
    Best wishes

    • Patty on February 4, 2020 at 6:15 pm


    Hi Arne & Carlos,

    I recently purchased the Norrun scarf pattern from your shop, and have bought all the proper yarn. Here is my question: What type of cast-on would you recommend for the 352 stitches I need. I have never done FairIsle knitting before. It is a beautiful look. I have been practicing with leftover yarn to get the technique down. I can’t wait to start it. Any other tips for me would be appreciated.


    • Jo-anna on February 25, 2020 at 7:14 pm


    dear Arne en Carlos,
    I have all your books, love your Youtube films, love your designes. Thanks and please go on!
    You asked for ideas. I have one. A book with lovely and crazy christmas sweaters. I have made and designed one witch i sent you by instagram. If you like you can have my pattern. So i can do something for you.

    With love and compliments

    jo-anna ter Velde
    From Holland

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