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Let’s Talk about our New Colouring Mittens!

Yes, the idea behind our latest design is the equivalent of a colouring book. Knit our new colouring mittens in white and black first, then fill with splashes of colour wherever you like! We’ve also made a chart, in case you want to make the mittens with the exact same splashes of colour as we have. You can get the pattern as well as the charts here.

If you’ve never done duplicate stitch before, we’ve got you covered as well, in this week’s episode on our channel:


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So, who won? 

In the video, we have a little competition between us about which colours should go where and we seem to be in disagreement as we discuss who will finally win, once the design is completed. Well, nothing is what it seams and once the cameras where turned off, the design went back into the studio and eventually, we picked it up again, made a whole bunch of sketches and samples, before finally settling on the below placement of colour:

So, the answer to who won is: ARNE & CARLOS won, of course! We are a team and have worked together as a team for 20 years now. Although we do excel at different things, in the end of the day, each design has to be worked on by both of us as a collaboration and we both have a final say in what our work looks like when it’s published. That is the best way to create great design, by combining our strengths and listening to each other. As we all know, there is no I in team. And, when one of our designs becomes an immediate best seller, we both win!


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 one spot 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.

November 5 – 16, 2020: Join us on a fabulous Safari, Mohair and Knitting Tour in South Africa! This will truly be a once in a life time experience and something that is on many people’s bucket list! Click here for more.

    • Joanne Chesnos on March 1, 2020 at 11:04 pm


    Beautiful! It reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright

    • Karen Blewitt on March 2, 2020 at 12:28 am


    Love this design, the colors, and the placement!

    • Pam on March 2, 2020 at 3:19 am


    Beautiful! I love how you two always work together!

    • Carol on March 2, 2020 at 4:27 am


    The blue doesn’t seem to belong.

    • MeMe Fraser on March 2, 2020 at 4:42 am


    Beautiful, love your choice of colours. Almost like putting together fabric for a quilt and being pleasantly surprised. 🧶🧶🇨🇦

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    I love the idea of colouring your mittens. It’s brilliant!

    • Deborah on March 2, 2020 at 6:43 am



    • Marvervelle on March 2, 2020 at 8:39 am


    Bravo, ces moufles norvégiennes ont beaucoup de style – “Art déco” revisité, c’est parfait ! ❤ de 🇫🇷

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    Dear Arne & Carlos,
    I knit as a child and now at 62 have started again. Just watching 2 men talking about knitting and
    making such incredibe projects is so inspiring for me, thank you so much forjust being you, you save many a day.
    with kindest regard,
    Paper artist
    Presently performing at the Berlin State Opera in THE KNIGHT OF THE ROSE conducted by Zubin Mehta
    Lead singer Camilla Nylund

      • Ellen on March 3, 2020 at 3:09 am


      Can you tell me about the show mentioned in your message about arne and carlos,something about you appearing in a play?

    • Nelly de Waard on March 2, 2020 at 11:57 am


    Dear Arne and Carlos. I like the colours, even the blue, but I prefer the black and white. Thank you for your weekly messages. I enjoy it very much. Love Nelly from the Netherlands.

    • louise arsenault on March 2, 2020 at 12:54 pm


    Love you guys! This mittens seemed to be the perfect “support” for this arrangement of colors. It looks like stained glass. The more colors there is, the more it looks good. Colors may be your “signature” for most of your work. Continue to be inspired. Bye from Louise in Québec City, Minus 13°C this morning.

    • Sandra on March 2, 2020 at 2:22 pm


    Fill the white block entirely with the blue! Sorry Carlos. 🙂

    • Jennifer Taylor on March 2, 2020 at 3:03 pm


    What a great idea guys!!!

    • Brit Dowson on March 2, 2020 at 7:16 pm


    Such a wonderful idea. Love them.

    • Amy Mikelson on March 3, 2020 at 3:27 pm


    Those turned out gorgeous!

    • Sandi Michaels on March 4, 2020 at 2:06 am


    The colored coordination worked out beautifully. Well done.

    • SHELBY HINES on March 4, 2020 at 7:14 pm


    What a creative idea! You guys are perennially inspiring!!! So glad to have met you several years ago, in Lenox, MA. Great time, two great guys, great memory. Shelby

    • nicole schmitt on March 4, 2020 at 10:21 pm


    Love all colors together, blue included.
    You both are the best!

    • Jane Arcelay on March 11, 2020 at 2:27 pm


    Ok Glad you took the blue out Not a Fan , End result is Beautiful

    • Erin Carnes on March 13, 2020 at 8:57 am


    These turned out so beautifully! This is my very first comment on your site, which is very fitting because these “coloring book” mittens remind me so much of my grandmother actually teaching me to knit while my uncle was working on his stained glass pieces.

    So thank you both for the memories and, more importantly, the inspiration! XO
    ~Erin ^_^

    • SLW on March 13, 2020 at 7:59 pm


    I love the array of brilliant colors that you used to create a unique pair of mittens with pop. An easier method to add color too. I enjoyed watching you and how the team gets it done. Thank you.

    • Jackie on March 17, 2020 at 9:18 pm


    Thank you really enjoying your podcast. It’s very inspiring. I am from South Africa. The virse hitting our shores now. Well done think I going to look forward to this. I have just started knitting. I have only learnt the knitting stich. I taken on a brave and insane task of knitting a jump for myself. Interestingly we are going into winter now. I very pleased to met you.. New follower Jackie

    • Janis Day Lewis on March 20, 2020 at 5:30 am


    Good afternoon you two fabulous people,
    I have been watching your quarantine podcasts. I live in Brisbane, very close to the city. I heard this morning that, if things were as normal, you would be holidaying in my wonderful State of Queensland. I have always been a knitter but thanks to you, Arne and Carlos, I have stepped it up a notch and have been doing Fairilse. I am enjoying it so very much.
    I retired 18mths ago, this is the perfect way to fill in some of my time. I have learnt so much from watching you on Youtube. As my daughter lives in the UK, my dream now is to do one of your Stately Home, work shops. I will have to start saving. Thank you once again for brightening up my day, you are just such lovely people and of course, talented.

    • Tina Beaver on April 5, 2020 at 4:57 pm



    • Joyce Barla on May 5, 2020 at 3:37 am


    This pattern reminds me of the work of architect and interior designer, Frank Lloyd Wright, who
    designed many (over 1000) homes, structures and buildings in America. He was famous for using nature in his work, which was beautiful. He used straight lines and colors and one of his own homes is located in Illinois, where I live. Thanks for your blog and utube channel. I love watching you both!.

    • Bobbi on May 7, 2020 at 8:10 pm


    What about a brighter, slightly lighter blue. My sister and I both enjoyed the video. Thanks

    • Tricia on May 27, 2020 at 9:04 pm


    The clearest explanation of duplicate stitch that I’ve seen. Thank you!

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