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Sit and Knit for a Bit – Christmas Countdown. December 2. Old Fashioned

Thanks for joining our 2020 Christmas Ball Advent Calendar. We are so happy that you are here!

We post a video and reveal a new knitted Christmas ball every day until December 24th, 2020.


December 2. Old Fashioned

Vintage ornaments and anything that we find in thrift stores and which can potentially be used as a Christmas decoration inspires today’s Christmas ball.

See the video below and enjoy today’s photo. If you don’t have the advent calendar but would like to join in all the fun, click here or click on the image below.


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A chance to win an exclusive prize!

Take photos of the Christmas balls that you knit from our 2020 Advent Calendar, post them on Instagram and hashtag them with #arnecarlos and #sitandknitforabit. By doing that, you will be eligible to win a fabulous prize consisting of an exclusive ARNE & CARLOS project bag, one of our books personally dedicated and signed by us as well as a bunch of Prym Ergonomic Needles and hooks! We will select 2 lucky winners and announce them in early January. Good Luck!


Contest Information:

1. Tag your images on Instagram with #sitandknitforabit and #arnecarlos, and we will select two winners. Both tags must be used per image to enter the competition.

2. Only images of the Christmas Balls from the 2020 Advent Calendar will be considered. Images of other Christmas Ball designs, including balls from our book “55 Christmas Balls to Knit”, the mini-balls from our webshop or self-designed balls will not be considered.

3. As long as you are knitting the balls from the 2020 Advent Calendar, you may use any other colours than the ones we have used. Just be as creative as you like in your colour choices!

4. The photos must be posted and tagged on December 1st and until December 31st, 2020. Images posted before or after these dates will not be accepted.

5. The more images you post and tag during the above-mentioned dates, the more entries you have, the better the chances are to win!

6. The winners will not be selected randomly. Instead, we will select our two favourite photos based on the quality of the image and the creativity of the setting and staging.

7. We will ship the prize anywhere in the world, so everyone is eligible to enter this contest.

8. The two lucky winners will be announced at the beginning of January 2021. The prizes will ship sometime in the middle or end of January 2021.

This competition is brought to you in collaboration with PRYM. Check out PRYM Ergonomic Needles and Hooks here:





And last, but not least, here is the tutorial for our mini Christmas Balls, which is exactly the same principle as these Christmas Balls:


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    • JL on December 2, 2020 at 9:05 pm


    Loved the Dec 1 Christmas ball so I bought the Advent calendar! My parents had a Christmas ornaments with the dent in different colors when I was a child. I am looking forward to each day until Christmas.

    • Carol Faber on December 3, 2020 at 1:47 am


    For people who can’t afford Swarovski crystals, would sequins also work?

    1. Reply

      You can use anything you like. Sequins, rhinestones made of glass, beads. We have mentioned several times that adding bling is optional.

    • Jean Hutchinson on December 3, 2020 at 12:44 pm


    I am finding it very difficult to knit in the round with four needles and so decided I would try with straight needles. I have found that if I go straight across all four sides at once adding an extra stitch each side for sewing with a small back stitch this works very well. Perhaps not up to Arne standard but who can match that?
    Loving the advent posts.

    • Jean Hutchinson on December 3, 2020 at 12:47 pm


    Addendum. Sorry I don’t think I made myself clear enough. When I said adding an extra stitch I meant right at the beginning and end not between each quarter. Hope that makes more sense.

    • Kelly on December 3, 2020 at 3:22 pm


    What a lovely ornament! We do like Arne too… when we travel we try to select a tree ornament as our souvenir so decorating the tree is always a travel trip down memory lane. Not everyone sells ornaments so all sorts of fun shiny things join the ‘decor!’

    Question… you traditionally don’t bring the tree inside until 12/24… how long do you keep it inside?

    My goodness you two (and your team!) are bringing such joy to my days and I appreciate you so much!!!! Take good care

    • Tricia on December 5, 2020 at 12:37 pm


    I’m a bit late in discovering you two lovely guys, Arne and Carlos!
    I’m really enjoying the knit along advent calendar. Thank you for the great project and videos. Such fun!
    Warmest wishes from Melbourne Australia

    • Evelyn on December 13, 2020 at 2:02 pm


    Hi, I am behind in the knitting but have a question on #2
    I have a question/remark, particularly for those of you who have already knit ball #2. It seems the chart has one extra round of 16 stitches per needle (64 total), so that round 28 is not a decrease round, but one additional round with no increase nor decrease, resulting in 42 rounds rather than 41??!!
    Help! Is this correct? Or does the chart need “adjustment”?

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