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SIT and KNIT for a BIT. Episode 1

Hi Everyone!

Yes, we are back and we are delighted that our NEW podcast: SIT and KNIT for a BIT with ARNE & CARLOS has just premiered on our YouTube Channel!! 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 every Wednesday at 6:00 pm Central Europe / noon Eastern / 11:00 am Central / 9:00 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!

See our first episode here below and keep scrolling to get the chart for block # 31, The POPPY!

Norwegian word of the week: KISTE – chest or coffin.

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31. POPPY. Click on the image or on the link below to download 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.

ENJOY! (Continue scrolling for the full KAL pattern and previously released blocks)


Click here for other fun patterns!



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 squares 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

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

(These are very large 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

    • Kathy on September 9, 2020 at 5:19 pm


    Such a cute name for the knit along.

    • Sandra Mccallion on September 9, 2020 at 5:26 pm


    I’m crocheting granny squares to get rid of my stash. Love your hair Arne. Looks whiter and suits you.

    • Catharina on September 9, 2020 at 5:31 pm


    I will, for sure , sit and knit for a bit. I want to make a blanket and was waiting for new Block’s. Thank you so much . 😚😚

    • Wilhelmina on September 9, 2020 at 5:43 pm


    Thank you so much for continuing the blocks. You make me verry happy because I want to make a blanket from your blocks.

    • Marjorie on September 9, 2020 at 5:48 pm


    Dear Arne and Carlos,
    I am so glad you have decided to do a podcast.SO interesting.
    In Scotland we have the word ‘Kist’…it means a chest for storing things. It has a ‘K ‘ sound at the beginning. And those beautiful socks remind me of the socks worn with a kilt. They too have garters, which have ‘flashes’..small lengths of the same tartan as the kilt .
    I hope you both continue to recuperate. You are doing the right thing, staying safe at home.
    Best Wishes to you both.

    • Em on September 9, 2020 at 5:49 pm


    Lovely idea – looking forward to the fun and learning xx

    • Barbara Vickers on September 9, 2020 at 5:51 pm


    Love all your digressions and ABBA too!

    • Becky Wahl on September 9, 2020 at 6:06 pm


    👍 Loved your new Wednesday show!! What is the word you taught us on the ship in March? You said if we never learn another Norwegian word to remember this one, which I didn’t. I think it was a happy word!

    • Karen on September 9, 2020 at 6:37 pm


    It was great to see you. We are still self isolating in the hills of Oklahoma, USA. I am knitting a very simple baby blanket, a true north sweater, and I need to sew the quarantine blocks together. I love hearing about your country. Thank you for continuing the blocks. Stay healthy!

    • Judy Wagner on September 9, 2020 at 6:48 pm


    So glad you are back.
    Something changed in YouTube. Very irratating , every few minutes, two adds want to play. Just get into what you are saying, and up pops an ad.
    After a few seconds you can choose to skip the ads.
    It’s just so annoying to have ads so often. If I would watch every one of them it would take forever to watch your video.
    Do you benefit from us watching the ads. I know some youtubers get paid for the ads.
    Love the new Poppy square!

    • Maralee on September 9, 2020 at 6:50 pm


    It is so calming to watch you!

    • Penny Loughlin on September 9, 2020 at 6:56 pm


    Love the podcast. Arne you have had a hair cut. I am knitting my first stranded knitting project. The Reine hat. Thanks for the pattern.

    • Teresa Jones on September 9, 2020 at 7:56 pm


    Don’t you have mosquito spray? I feel so bad when they are biting you!
    Loved this format, enjoyed knitting with you for company and can’t wait to see the boxes!

    • Marilyn on September 9, 2020 at 8:30 pm


    Love seeing y’all in that beautiful garden and enjoy your digressions. You guys are great. Arne, I love the color of your hair but I do love it wild.

    • Pattie on September 9, 2020 at 9:12 pm


    This was so good to see. I loved the new podcast. I love learning the Norwegian word! Since I learn best when I both hear and see…could you write out the word and post it in show notes or some place? Also, what about teaching us Norwegian knitting terms so we could knit Norwegian patterns?
    Thanks for the chat and the new pattern. I now look forward to Wednesday’s, too.

    • Debbie Castellon on September 9, 2020 at 9:55 pm


    Love the name Sit and Knit for a Bit. Love the new podcst.

    What am I knitting? I’ve started knitting my first Pairfect socks.

    Yes, please include a Norsk word of the day for each Sit and Knit for a Bit.
    Inspired by you guys, this summer I started learning Norsk on Duolingo. (Jeg er her!)

    Thank you for the new square!
    Love you two! Debbie C

    • Jan Ash on September 9, 2020 at 10:27 pm


    I LOVE this new (Continuation of QK podcast) Sit and Knit a Bit podcast! You made my day with this, I feel like I am sitting with 2 friends just enjoying some fun time together. I really love the style (dogme?) it suits you and is so welcoming! Thank you for doing this and I hope to someday meet you when we can all travel again!

    • Robert W Switzer on September 9, 2020 at 10:27 pm


    Great job guys! Loved the podcast and will tune in every Wednesday. And, you have such a lovely garden!

    • Diane on September 9, 2020 at 10:41 pm


    Love your new podcast as I really enjoy your chats with each other and your stories. Your Lofoten trip was wonderful to follow – I learn a lot from your trips. I was sorry to have missed you in Ottawa Canada. I’m so glad you are both taking care and recuperating from your illness. Enjoy your gardens and looking forward to seeing them soon.

    English can be a very confusing language as you have words that sound the same but have a different meaning ie. chest (a box, a trunk, or large dresser) & chest (your torso/rib cage area) or bare (naked) & bear (large animal) . Sound the same but spelled differently ( i.e. deer, dear). There are very many of these words.

    Thank you for the link to patterns 1-15 and 16-30 as I did miss a few this summer and looking forward to new patterns in the future.

    • Hazel joy morriss on September 9, 2020 at 10:56 pm


    Hi there. Love the new podcast and drogma style so natural the best way to podcast🧶🤗 joined in your previous kal and knitted all the squares 🙌🏼 Do you think you could make a square of your beautiful BUG 🚗hubby loves it as he has a passion for classic cars. Look forward to future episodes 😀x

    • Shannon Cassidy on September 9, 2020 at 11:50 pm


    This was so much fun to listen to! You are so much more relaxed in this venue, and you made me laugh and smile, thank you for that. I am knitting cabled squares for a blanket while listening to you. I am going to really enjoy just listening to you chat!

    • Joanne from Edmonton, Alberta on September 9, 2020 at 11:56 pm


    Dear Arne and Carlos: it is great to see you both. Nice haircut Arne. I enjoy your chat as you make me smile, laugh and keep good company. Completed another day of work so kicking back with you. Thank you. I have completed two cardigans for my granddaughters and used my sewing knowledge completing 2 dresses each. Those stockings are lovely. Yes, boot in UK and trunk for the vehicle. Your garden is lovely and “Rob” does a great cut for a robot. Keep safe and I will see you again, soon.

    • wendy hollow on September 10, 2020 at 12:48 am


    You guys were a riot!
    You both seemed so freed!
    My way you post would be uncut or RAW.
    Arne the English word for your floor is Concrete. That is when Cement is added to water and stones and left to dry.
    Hugs WAH in Oz.

    • Allison from Auckland NZ on September 10, 2020 at 12:51 am


    Great podcast, thank you. Helped me through a few more rows of a swatch I am knitting. Loved that your new poppy pattern matched the poppies on your t-shirt Arne. Looking forward to next week

    • Cindi on September 10, 2020 at 12:52 am


    That was fun! Thank you!

    My usual Wednesday night Sit and Knit has not happened since March…this is wonderful!

    • Tania Bishop on September 10, 2020 at 2:00 am


    Thank you for continuing the block/patch patterns! I’ve just finished the original Quarantine knitting set from March. I started them a month or so ago when Melbourne, Australia went into a strict Stage 4 coronavirus lockdown. We are still in a lockdown until October 26th. I watched all your original quarantine post cast videos as I knitted each patch, which really helped me get through that part of our lockdown. I love the new blog name too 🙂

    • Marie on September 10, 2020 at 2:35 am


    I am so happy that you are back!!! You make me smile in this beautiful knitting world!!!

    • Dede O’Farrell on September 10, 2020 at 4:56 am


    Dear Arne & Carlos, What a pleasure to enjoy your company again on your 1st episode of ”SIT & KNIT
    FOR A BIT”! Such a cute title and I really like the format. It appeared to me that you BOTH had a haircut and you both look great with the added effects of sun to your complexions…. hope you feel as good as you look!
    I was first introduced to you on Knit Stars #3 in 2018; and have been following you very closely since your generous offering of the Quarantine project. You have truly increased my enjoyment and knowledge in my love of knitting. It is so fun to watch your free style conversations and the way you relate to each other, all while sharing so many interesting things about what you know, not only craft wise, but about Norway and a whole host of other things. It’s fun to hear your perspective on many things. I had subscribed to your U-Tube videos, but it seems I didn’t always receive the weekly episodes of your summer travels. Also, tonight I did not see the option to respond with a thumbs up or down; but obviously I did see the opportunity to leave my comments!
    Some quick comments:
    I like the idea of being introduced to one Norwegian word during each Wednesday podcast, showing on paper the spelling as well as pronunciation.
    I do hope you will show us the “kistas” (sp?) …. your boxes or trunks. Thanks!
    The poppy square is lovely ; how about “triple poppy”? (Just a suggestion, since it is that).
    Questions about your beautiful socks : yarn weight (fingering or dk) and fiber (wool, alpaca, blend??)
    I have one question about the squares or blocks: on your “Best tips to keep the edges neat”, is the first stitch ALWAYS KNIT, like your first sentence says? Because the next sentence indicates that after you turn your work, “knit or purl” the first stitch only with the main color. Thanks for that clarification.

    Thanks for all you do for us crafters. I bought your book with your favorite designs …. Greatest hits & New Inspirations. I am having so much fun with it …. making birds and now knitting Christmas balls for my 14 grandchildren for this Christmas. Though I admit that I am not always able to get them round and I do need to get more of the ball patterns. Guess i need to purchase another of your books, which I am happy to do to support what you do for all of us.

    Guess I rambled on a bit …. thanks again for the joy you bring to my days! Stay safe

    Sincerely, Dede

    • Christa de Masiet on September 10, 2020 at 9:35 am


    What a great podcast.
    I am working on a pair of socks.
    I have a question… Where can I find the pattern for the traditional stockings you knitted?
    And… beautiful garden 👍

    • Christa de Masier on September 10, 2020 at 9:36 am


    What a great podcast.
    I am working on a pair of socks.
    I have a question… Where can I find the pattern for the traditional stockings you knitted?
    And… beautiful garden 👍

    • Tonya on September 10, 2020 at 10:27 am


    It is always so wonderful to tune in. The hair styles look fresh and new-really lovely! I am very excited about the continuation of the patches-they are totally the “bomb” as I liked to say as a teen growing up in here is NYC. I love them . I felt so accomplished making them as they were not a threat as they are small and it’s not overwhelming because it’s done over time. Bravo! Take very good care of yourselves.. we should all take very special care of ourselves during these uncertain times.

    • sandra on September 10, 2020 at 11:58 am


    Can’t wait for your garden tour, it will be inspiring for sure.
    I am working on my second Carbeth cardigan. I have your slippers book and plan to begin making slippers from your book for Christmas presents.
    What is your garden zone at your home?
    Thanks for this podcast!

    • Judith Cornelius on September 10, 2020 at 4:10 pm


    Thank you for your midweek podcast. Good idea. I will be looking forward to more travels in Norway, the series. Lofoten is so beautiful!
    Take care of yourselves and may you produce many Sit and knits in the future. LOVED Arne’s free-wheeling with ABBA songs. It was the chuckle I needed.

    • Lori Murton on September 10, 2020 at 5:06 pm


    I really love being able to virtually hang out w both of you! I look forward to each new video, your fun banter, all of it lifts my spirit immensely, thank you thank you! Love the new name too 💞

    • Toni Thorn on September 10, 2020 at 7:01 pm


    I love the informal chat and look forward to more! I would like to know more about life in Norway particularly your social customs.

    • Nina Wilhelm on September 10, 2020 at 8:01 pm


    I love the idea of Sit and Knit a Bit. When you visited the happy sheep farm, I noticed the Poppies in the field immediately. I love Poppies and your new Poppy Square. I like the name Arctic Poppy. A thumbs up for this podcast!

    • Mary Liz on September 10, 2020 at 8:03 pm


    You both make me smile!! I finished a beanie while watching you. Next I will finsih some socks! SIT & KNIT FOR A BIT!!!
    is a wonderful idea. I always learn something from you and you inspire me to knit outside the box. Thank you!!

    • Gabi on September 10, 2020 at 10:10 pm


    I am sitting in Berlin, knitting a sweater top down to help my sister, who is knitting her first top down sweater at the same time, sitting in her caravan in Chile since February as a result of Corona. She usually wanted to travel the Pan Americana and stranded in Chile. And the internet helps a lot.
    I love your garden and you as a couple!!!

    • Greta on September 10, 2020 at 11:20 pm


    Really enjoyed your Sit and Knit for a Bit which I watched today.
    I love making socks, but haven’t ever made any quite so long as yours!
    I finished a 13-square doubleknit scarf from the Quarantine knitting, and hope to do more but have gotten sidetracked with shawls lately – a Covid Be Damned one with Lynette Meek (also known as Impulsive), and just started a second KAL her called Serenity Wave. And in the middle, I test knit Metro which is my first rectangular shawl. But now I need to get started on winter hats (toques in Canada) and mittens for my two smallest grandchildren – 2 and 4, so a break from shawls and doubleknitting. (
    Thanks for getting me into the doubleknitting again, because once I figured it out for the second time, it was simply impossible to put down!
    And I love Abba too! You sure got me giggling …
    I look forward to just hanging out with you, chatting about your garden, your knitting, your travels.

    • Mary on September 10, 2020 at 11:29 pm


    Hi Arne and Carlos, Enjoy your programs so much. Looking at the new poppy square reminded me I don’t know much about some color techniques – intarsia for instance. Are you guys foodies? What do you like to eat and do you do a lot of cooking at home?

    • Laura on September 11, 2020 at 12:19 am


    Thank you for continuing the blocks. You have the best designs! Glad you are well and look forward to your weekly blogs.

    • mary hudson on September 11, 2020 at 12:21 am


    Love this!!

    • bonnie a franz on September 11, 2020 at 1:58 am


    You guys are both looking so healthy and strong now! I so enjoy getting to sit with you while I try to finish up some of my UFO’s (you’d think I would have them all done by now but no, they still persist…)

    • bonnie a franz on September 11, 2020 at 2:03 am


    PS There are some really beautiful flowers right behind you. I’d love to hear more about your flower garden.

    • Judy Chase on September 11, 2020 at 4:15 am


    LOVE your hair Arne. Carlos, so sorry you are still suffering after effects of Covid. Thank you again for your Covid knitting squares. When Covid hit, I was really scared, your daily podcasts gave me a level of normalcy and made me realize that whatever was happening in the world, we could still find like minded individuals to hang out with. I also love ABBA. I am still a little wobbly as the USA is not handling Covid very well. It feels more political than science based which keeps us unnerved. I’m still a beginner and struggle quite a lot but I am enjoying it. I think it would be nice to learn about Christmas decorations that we can use to make this Christmas really special as we’re all going to spend tine in our homes. Also some Norwegian recipes Perhaps Gluhwein, Stollen, and other yummy things to brighten our days. Wishing you all the best.

    • pat on September 11, 2020 at 5:15 am


    And where is the chart?? Your links don’t work!

    1. Reply

      All links above are working perfectly.

    • Yvonne Klatt on September 11, 2020 at 5:32 am


    Love the new series podcast! You two crack me up!
    I look forward to the next one!
    Loved the travel sereies you did as well, I showed it to my usband asxwell, made us both want to visit Norway! One day when Covid is gone!
    Stay healthy, and take time to recuperate!
    Cheers, Yvonne K.

    • Sandra on September 11, 2020 at 6:35 am


    Hello from Vancouver Island, I was knitting your Save the Children sweater as a surprise Christmas gift for my husband while enjoying your “Sit and knit for a bit”. My husband was born in Sweden and his Mom worked as a teacher north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, so we looked forward to watching your travel adventures in northern Norway over a leisurely breakfast. Loved all the Abba references and your gardens. Until next Wednesday.

    • Marjaana on September 11, 2020 at 12:18 pm


    Never seen you before, but will definitely follow your podcast now, you guys are funny! 😀

    • Sandra Strefford on September 11, 2020 at 7:57 pm


    Hello to you both from England. I am looking forward to the next ‘samples’ squares to knit. I had other projects to get on with but am now starting to knit your previous samples. A bit behind but I am sure I shall catch up in the next months. Looking forward to the tour of your garden and the ”robot” grass cutter!!

    • Liz on September 12, 2020 at 12:05 pm


    Great fun, I crocheted around 3 squares at the same time!!

    • Linda on September 13, 2020 at 2:52 am


    This is SO MUCH FUN!!! I LOVE your garden and the poppy square. I am inspired to get your Christmas balls book and start making ornament sets for gifts. It’s just so fun to hang out with you, even virtually. I love the Norwegian word an episode idea.

    I would like to hear a little about each of you. What are your backgrounds? I know you worked in fashion, but where did you each grow up? Where did you meet each other? Have you always lived in Norway together? Do you know many languages (it seems like you do)?

    Thank you for telling us about your experience with COVID. Such a weird and scary time. Take care and continue to feel better. Really. Thank you!!!

    • Shawnn on September 13, 2020 at 3:04 am


    I usually knit socks in the summer because even in Vancouver it can be too warm to have half a sweater project on my lap. But now that it’s September I’m working on a new winter sweater with cables. I might try to get one more in before the Christmas knitting marathon begins. I’ll be very interested in any Christmas projects/series/knit alongs you may be planning.

    Meanwhile thanks for coming back with this new Wednesday treat! I’m sure even with the Dogme-style approach it takes you plenty of time, thought and energy to prepare each podcast. They are so much fun 🙂 I’d love to see the kiste next week and am hoping to see if you’ve started the garter bands yet.

    • louise arsenault on September 13, 2020 at 2:39 pm


    I love to see and hear you. It’s like having friends in my home. My boyfriend and I are big ABBA’s fans. This summer, I began knitting a cactus, that I have to finish. I will add mini knitted flowers (yes, knitted, not crocheted). At the end of summer, I had so much cucumbers that I made lots of pickles (green ketchup, bread and butter pickles). Less time for others crafts. Next project: a knitting needles case or 2. Sewing is not my thing, but I can’t find the perfect case for me (they contain only a few needles), because I have so much knitting needles and some crochets. Wish me luck. I used little wood boxes in which there were small bottles of Porto to put small knitting and sewing items. Wish you well!

    • Jackie on September 13, 2020 at 7:41 pm


    Hi Love your recording today with garden in background. I did knit! My grandson Henry (20 mos) watched along as he ate his lunch. Liked Aren’s silliness with Abba!
    I’m wool knitting socks and cotton cloths. Jackie

    • Jenni Gahan on September 14, 2020 at 2:43 am


    I just loved the Sit and Knit for a bit podcast. Just fabulous. So looking forward to the next one .And more Abba! Jenni.

    • gisele Friedrich on September 14, 2020 at 5:36 pm


    Love your podcast and the things you discuss.

    Would love another “visual tour” of your gardens and the improvements you have made during Covid.

    Also, I have knitted a bunch of the quarantine squares in stranded method and decided to redo (them ALL!!!) in double knitting. This makes a much more beautiful and even square. What is the best way to join the squares?

    Can you work on a new Fair Isle design that is NOrwegian in origin (but your own design) for a unisex sweater in the Icelandic style? I would love to see what you can come up with.

    Thank you and stay safe!!!
    Gisele from Canada

    • Annie B. on September 14, 2020 at 6:28 pm


    Hi, love the new podcast format! enjoyed all the ABBA references, I serenaded the cats later with a hearty round of “Dancing Queen”
    Curious about a couple of things, the snow shoes you picked up last year, did you re-lace them yet? Curious to know how that went, what materials you went with, and such.
    If you’d ever care to speak of the Norwegian Crafts Development / Secretariat for Rare and Protected Crafts / Living Crafts / preservation of handicraft knowledge areas, I would be quite interested to know how that fits into your corner of the world

    • Tracy on September 14, 2020 at 10:19 pm


    Embarrassed to say I only ever heard of “ Arne and Carlos” a few weeks ago….but I am so glad that I discovered you two. Looking forward to getting to know more about you both and your incredible talents. Loved the podcast, I am sorry that you had Covid 19. I wish you both a full recovery. 🇨🇦

    • joyce hancock on September 15, 2020 at 2:51 am


    Thanks for continuing the blocks.. It will be nice for you to have them as remembrances of your life and places you have been.

    • Brandy on October 21, 2020 at 9:42 pm


    I watch every sit n knit video but I haven’t been able to locate the squares you are posting for free. The last one I found was the poppy. But anything after including the cat which I so desperately want, I can’t find. Please help!

    • Catherine on October 23, 2020 at 3:03 pm


    Can you give a little info about the opening (and closing) bars of music, please? It reminds me of the music at the beginning and end of the old tv program called “Fraiser” with Kelsey Grammar. I just looked it up–the vibraphonist Gary Burton is one of the musicians–song called “Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs.” Thank you!

    • Linda Manherz on November 30, 2020 at 5:22 am


    Dear Arne and Carlos,
    I just subscibed to your channel and I am thrilled. I have watched you now for a couple of months and thoroughly enjoy each episode or podcast, but I really don’t know the difference!!
    Watching you brings me such joy, happiness and even security (warm and fuzzy feeling)!! I love how you are celebrating Advent and am looking forward to watching everyday!
    Thank you so much for just being yourselves. You bring so much happiness to so many.

    With Love,
    Linda Manherz

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