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Sit and Knit for a Bit Episode 10

Every week, we will give you a recap on everything that is going on around here, and we will also continue to release new blocks for the free knitalong that we started during our quarantine, back in March! We hope you will join us on this adventure!

New episodes will be published on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm Central Europe / 12:00 pm Eastern / 11:00 am Central / 9:00 am Pacific and can be viewed any time after that. And of course, we will continue publishing our regular tutorials every Sunday at the usual time!

The latest episode of our new podcast “Sit and Knit for a Bit” is available now. Check out the video below and keep scrolling for today’s block as well as the full pattern and previous blocks.

Also, we are adding a few links for you according to the things we talked about in our podcast:

The Norwegian word of the day is Villsvin, which means wild boar.

Here are the links for Prym’s “Yarn-it” and “Big Sully” (Big Sully only available in North America) that we unboxed today:
Prym USA:


We are doing two events on Zoom:

November 14th, 2020: Virtual Key Note address with Vogue Knitting Live. Click here to sign up.

November 25th, 2020: Virtual event with Selvedge Magazine: Nordic Knitting with Cecilie Telle, ARNE & CARLOS and Annemor Sundbø. Click here to sign up



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Hope you enjoyed today’s podcast, remember to tag your photos of your blocks with #sitandknitforabit on Instagram so that we can see them! Keep scrolling for today’s video and new block!


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40. OLD FLOWER. Click on the image to get the chart.


And please respect our copyright. Do NOT repost any of the charts anywhere. Instead, we kindly ask that you link back to this page. Keep scrolling for the full pattern and all charts



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Materials: Any DK yarn in any quality, texture or any colour. It’s really up to you! The gauge of the yarn you are looking for in your stash is approximately 22 stitches and 30 rows to 10 cms/ 4 inches. However, dot worry if it’s not exactly this, everything will work. We promise!

You will need yarn in 2 different colours for each daily clue, and the quantities per colour per clue are going to be very small, about 6 – 8 grams per colour.

Needles: 2 needles size 4.0 mm / U.S. Size 6. We are working with 2 dpns in 20 cm length / U.S. 8”. Since we will be knitting back and forth, you can use other, longer needles if you like, but the shortest size should be 20cm / 8”. Don’t go for anything shorter than this! Circular needles can also be used.

Finished size of our squares: After blocking them, our blocks are 13cm wide x 14 cm long. Do not worry if your squares are not the same size as ours. The project will be individually tailored to your yarn, and there are no sizes to worry about.


CO 29 sts = row 1.

Knit the next 38 rows following the daily charts below.

(Even-numbered rows are purl rows and odd-numbered rows are knit rows.)

Bind off after row 39 purlwise.

Sew in ends and press the square with a wet towel and a hot iron.

Our best tip to keep the edges neat:

We knit the first stitch on each needle, both when working knit-side and purl-side, to make a more firm edge. On needles were we use both colours, we knit the last stitch with both colours, but when we turn the work, we knit or purl the first stitch only with the main colour.

Click to download charts 1- 15 as printable pdfs here: Charts 1-15

Click to download charts 16- 30 as printable pdfs here: Charts 16-30

And click to download the latest printable pdfs here: Chart 31, CHART 32, CHART 33, CHART 34, CHART 35, CHART 36, CHART 37, CHART 38, CHART 39, CHART 40

(These are huge files, so please be patient and allow for it to download, it takes a few minutes or up to 15 minutes if your connection is slow)

All charts remain our property, and even if they are free of charge, they can only be downloaded from this site for personal use. Distributing the charts or making them public on other websites or in social media is not allowed. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2020 ARNE & CARLOS

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    • Marline Horsky on November 11, 2020 at 6:45 pm


    You have brought so much joy into my daily life, thank God for you both. I am a knitter and also enjoy counter cross stitch. I ordered your book Favorite designs all love all the designs. I will try to make a Christmas ball,I haven’t made much color work, but will try. Thank you so much for being here in these uncertain times,this has been a very trying time here in the USA

    • JL Kretchmer on November 11, 2020 at 7:12 pm


    Your podcasts have brought so much to my life during quarantine. I am also learning a lot about my norwegian heritage and culture. All I can say is THANK YOU!

    • GRow on November 11, 2020 at 11:56 pm


    On the show you show us the Deep Rose of Rowan for the Christmas balls but you don’t tell us what white you are using with it. Would love to know.

    1. Reply

      Simply white but off white is also nice

    • Nancy DeVault on November 12, 2020 at 2:08 am


    Congratulations on your Youtube award! I got the Christmas Ball pattern and look forward to knitting them and hearing the Norwegian stories. My great grandmother was from Leardal. You are like the Norwegian relatives that I don’t have anymore! Thank you for your wonderful video and everything else that you share. Stay well!

      • Linda Nicholl on November 12, 2020 at 9:58 pm


      What colours of wool are needed for the balls?

    • Julie on November 12, 2020 at 9:42 am


    Hi Arne & Carlos,
    Please would you tell me how I can sign up for your newsletter. I can’t find a link anywhere. I love knitting and listening to you both. It’s one of my favourite weekly activities. At the moment i’m knitting your Tordis hat.
    Thank you so much for being there for us all. We appreciate it more than you can imagine and congratulations on your YouTube award. Julie xx

    1. Reply

      Scroll up to the top of this page and look at the right side of the screen and you will see the link.

    • Mindy Kannon on November 12, 2020 at 10:53 am


    Hi guys,
    Mindy Kannon from Connecticut near NYC. Yeah for sure NYC is cold in January. We have a raging wood stove so I totally get the pantless indoors – I wear shorts and a tank top all winter. Love you guys! Making a teddy bear for my new grandson for Christmas…Love it!

    • Mindy Kannon on November 12, 2020 at 11:00 am


    CONGRATS on the award! landmine hahahaha!

    • Helen on November 12, 2020 at 11:51 am


    I would love to knit your Christmas balls and wondered if there is an option for knitting them on two needles as the thought of four needles is a bit daunting! Am enjoying your podcasts and love knitting the blocks.

    • Susan on November 12, 2020 at 3:39 pm


    Re. Previous comment from Helen.
    I bought the original Christmas Ball book some years ago, & like Helen, was daunted by the 4 needles.
    However, if you make sure you read through the basic pattern first, so you understand the increase/decrease, you can knit them easily on 2 needles. Just follow the chart & multiply it for 2 needles instead of four & make sure you do the shaping each time. I found the chart easier than following the pattern. The only extra thing you have to do is sew them up of course before you stuff them!
    I took a few of mine to show Arne & Carlos when they were on the Rowan stand at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally a few years ago, just to show them that it can be done!
    Hope this helps, and really looking forward to knitting some more!

      • Helen on November 12, 2020 at 4:19 pm


      Thank you Susan your reply is most helpful and has encouraged me to give them a go!
      Hopefully I will have an A and C knitted bauble hanging from my tree this year!


    • Lexy on November 13, 2020 at 3:45 am


    Hello and thank you for another hour of delightful discussion and inspiration!
    I am a subscriber of Selvedge magazine and noticed on their blog a cross stitch pattern based on Palestinian embroidery (Tatreez) which has almost exactly the same design as the Old Flower pattern that you offered in knitting.
    It’s the serendipitous timing that surprised me more than the subject. Flowers are such powerful reminders of beauty, hope and endurance, every culture celebrates them.
    Thank you for your generous offerings 😊

    • Claudia Swee on November 13, 2020 at 5:20 pm


    Hello, I enjoy your podcasts and the Sit for a Bit, I have the books of 54 Christmas balls , then went and ordered the 24 Advent KAL balls, I thought I was going to get the designs for the smaller balls, but it was for the regular size balls, How can I get the designs for the smaller Christmas balls? Claudia Swee

    • Linda Marlatt on November 13, 2020 at 6:06 pm


    Congratulations on your YouTube award!!
    I am so glad a friend recommended your channel to me several weeks ago. I have been catching up with your older quarantine videos and have reached Episode 19. So thankful that you both recovered from the dreaded covid-19.
    I look forward to you both being rays of sunshine during our coming winter. I am in Ohio, USA and we will most likely be staying home until spring 2021.
    Thanks again for all you do to keep us smiling.

    • Sherry on November 13, 2020 at 6:47 pm


    Thank you so much Arne and Carlos for all the inspiration and stories. I’m very much looking forward to the Advent KAL! I have already made a few of the Christmas balls from your book and I love them! Loving your folk costume progress. Sharing smiles from Tennessee USA…..

    • Wendy Hopp on November 14, 2020 at 3:07 am


    Congratulations on your milestone! A few years ago, I saw your knitting and thought it was very beautiful, but maybe too complicated for me to try. However, I have gained confidence since then and I find you both so ” down to Earth” that I’m inspired to try your Christmas balls. I can practically hear Arne laughing about my balls comment. You two are immensely creative and quite entertaining. I jumped in on Episode 10 and am looking forward to catching up. I see you have a favorite porridge. I too like oatmeal, but a slightly less healthy version with chocolate added. Let me know if you’d like the recipe. Peace, love, and good health to you and the dogs. Wendy from Iowa in the U.S.

    • Sue on November 14, 2020 at 12:39 pm


    You both are definitely a special time in my day to look forward to. I love to listen about your culture and see your pics of family. And of course am learning so much about knitting. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your lives. God bless you both.

    • Grace Williams on November 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm


    Thank you for a wonderful rambling discussion – about tartan double breasted waistcoats among other things. And by the way, I too have a silver napkin ring with my name engraved on it, although I must admit I don’t use it every day, perhaps I will again now!
    Keep safe and enjoy the dog walks, ours are wet and windy now in SW England

    • Nancy on November 14, 2020 at 5:53 pm


    Did you guys notice that the Dusty Rose yarn matches Arne’s vest? It’s so beautiful! And Carlos — you have become a diplomat in many ways! Multi-national outreach, positive messages. Thanks, guys, once again for bringing us into your home.

    • Steve on November 15, 2020 at 7:45 pm


    So much fun. I enjoy every moment I get to spend with you guys. I was able to buy the new Christmas Ball pattern and am so looking forward to knitting along, keeping up with you guys. I have the yarn ready, the patterns ready, and am looking forward to start. Today I am enjoying a cup of tea in an Arne, Carlos, & Freya cup that recently arrived in the post. Your vests are looking very nice too.

    • Irina on November 16, 2020 at 1:07 pm


    Dear Arne and Carlos,

    Thank you for continuing to support the knitters worldwide! I have been knitting Xmas balls lately to give them as presents to friends and family, but will get to the blocks at some point. I was thinking of interchanging each patterned block with a solid one, sort of a checkered pattern. Could you recommend an alternative method of joining the blocks?

    I also wanted to comment on a Wikipedia article – if you found a mistake or an incorrect information, you can correct it yourself. There’s a short entry about you too. I hope you had a chance to look at it.

    Best wishes,

    Irina (from upstate NY)

    • Karla Kirkemo on November 16, 2020 at 2:56 pm


    Arne and Carlos,
    I just found you and I am so glad I did!!! My ex-husband’s grandfather came from Norway in the 1880s when he was only 13 and he traveled with a cousin who was 11. He homesteaded in the US in the state of Montana. It is my understanding that the last name Kirkemo means “church in the “Mo?” Valley. Not sure that this is accurate. If it is, where in Norway? I heard that it was near Oslo. Anyway, I am so enjoying hearing about your life and careers and sharing the beautiful scenery. I am certainly considered a novice knitter when compared to the two of you. I am a “thrower” knitter and I am encouraged to try the Norwegian style after seeing how quickly projects knit up. I have a question. What brand of needles do you prefer? I have tried many but yours seem very usable. Again, blessings to you and we will be able to hug others very soon I hope.

    • Rachel Thomassen on November 16, 2020 at 3:24 pm


    I’ve searched a bit but cannot find these beautiful Roawn yarns in Norway. It is really difficult to to find a Norwegian equivalent to that gorgeous deep red as well as the green. Do you have any suggested yarn equivalent that is easy to find in Norway for the Christmas balls?

    • Silvia Granata on November 16, 2020 at 3:52 pm


    Hi Arne and Carlos,

    I purchased your Christmas ball book several years ago and have made some previously. I just found your youtube channel and are planning to knit all 55 balls this year plus the 24 mini balls. You guys are delightful and a ray of sunshine during these crazy times! Thank you. Best wishes from New Jersey.

    • Marsha Bressem on November 17, 2020 at 3:25 am


    Arne in episode 9 when you were discussing the My Geneology segment you mentioned a family member in the segment. Was the last name Bressem? My husband’s last name is Bressem. We were surprised and were wondering if our hearing was accurate. Thanks.

    • Beth on November 17, 2020 at 11:41 am


    Thank you for addressing my question about the vest fabric for your costumes. The fabric is so beautiful and, in a way, modern. I can’t wait to see all of the pieces together.

    And, fabulous news about a DAILY podcast in December. Something to look forward to, for sure!!

    • Elizabeth on November 19, 2020 at 2:47 am


    I just found your podcast and squares, but not the whole pattern, can you point me in the right direction? Thanks!

    • Vickie on November 20, 2020 at 6:19 am


    Thank you – tusen takk! I just discovered you and I love your podcast. My mother and grandmother were from northern Norway and my father and his family were Swede-Finn, which means they lived in Finland and called themselves Swedes😀. Thanks again for sharing your part of the world with important craft info and taking my mind off the news.

    • Danielle Meadows on November 21, 2020 at 12:41 am


    Dear Arne and Carlos,
    I love the “Sit and Knit for a Bit”, it’s just wonderful because I’ve been stuck here practically since March, with maybe 10 to 15 trips out like visits to hospital or doctor’s or very occasionally trips to the shops! So you can’t imagine how much I look forward to watching your blogs! They are so cheerful and uplifting not to mention encouraging us to try new things!
    I’m hurrying up completing 2 sofa flower blankets because I’d like to try the Christmas baubles in December.
    Please tell Arne it’s ok to not like porridge and so he really doesn’t have to eat it!
    Once again thank you for your time and consideration in making those podcasts.
    Very kindly regards
    Danielle Greater Manchester

    • Anne Dent on November 26, 2020 at 12:53 am


    I am playing catch up on videos again. But I am excited to tell you that on the Seattle news they are promoting the Norwegian concept of living in the outdoors. This is to encourage us to follow covvid precautions but still meet with friends and family safely outdoors. The is in the Seattle area a fair size population of Norwegian descendants. They have a number of activities a year promoting Norwegian heritage. Even my daughters have Norwegian blood but they don’t seem to think about it much. My ex father-in-law was Norwegian and German. He was born in Fergus Falls Minnesota.

    Anyway Seattle can more easily practice outdoor living as they are much warmer in the winter than the Wenatchee Valley. We are very cold and wet here so far this fall. I was just excited to know about this from your videos.

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