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The ARNE & CARLOS Quarantine Knitting KAL Pattern. Week 1, parts 1-5.

Hi everyone and welcome to week 1 of our knit along pattern and podcast page!

We are delighted that you are joining us in this attempt to support each other and keep our sanity during this terrible crisis!

Our daily quarantine podcast will be published Monday – Friday at 6 pm CET on our YouTube Channel as well as here on our blog (scroll to end of page for the blog). And we will post each clue of the pattern this week on this page, see below.

If you want to show us and our community of quarantined and isolated knitters your progress, you can do so in our newly created Facebook Group, which anyone is welcome to join! We can wait to see your progress!

You will find week 2 of the Mystery KAL by clicking here.

MYSTERY KNIT ALONG PATTERN

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 our’s. The project will be individually tailored to your yarn and there are no sizes to worry about.

 

WRITTEN PATTERN:

CO 29 sts = row 1.

Knit the next 38 rows following the charts below.

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.

 

CHARTS:

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 in other websites or in social media is not allowed. All rights reserved. 

©2020 ARNE & CARLOS

Clue. 1 Meconopsis

Because we miss our favourite flower, which is still buried under snow… If your favourite flower is a poppy, knit it in orange or go for hot pink if you love roses!

To get the chart as a pdf to print or to download click on this link: Chart 1 Meconopsis

Still some time to go until we see our beloved Meconopsis. This image was taken in June 2017.

 

Clue 2. Ice Rose

Because we love seeing the the snow that falls at night and leaves beautiful patterns on our greenhouse.

To get the chart as a pdf to print or to download click on this link: Chart 2. Ice Rose

A curtain of snow on our greenhouse on January, 2017.

 

3. Clue 3 Rose Hip

Because we love it when our beautiful roses begin to turn into something delicious that we can eat.

To get the chart as a pdf to print or to download click on this link: Chart 3 Rose Hip

 

Clue 4. Sunflower Bomb

Because we can’t wait to see an explosion of sunflowers in our garden this summer!

CO 29 sts = row 1.

Knit the next 38 rows following the chart:

To get the chart as a pdf to print click on this link: Chart 4 Sunflower Bomb

The sunflowers in our garden in 2018.

 

Clue 5. LOVE

Because all we need is LOVE!

To get the chart as a pdf to print or to download click on this link: Chart 5. Love

Remember, you may be isolated, but you are not alone!

Stay safe, stay healthy, wash your hands, be kind to each other and don’t touch your Face!

ARNE & CARLOS

 

 

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    • Viki on March 16, 2020 at 5:14 pm

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    I love the design, very pretty!
    thank you! x

      • Lylian on March 20, 2020 at 8:28 am

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      Love this! 😍the isolation for knitters gets better! 😉

    • Bess on March 16, 2020 at 5:41 pm

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    Looks like we are going to have fun with our mystery knitting project! 🙂 Thanks for all of your work and effort in the planning of this project.

    • Shirley Beard on March 16, 2020 at 5:49 pm

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    Brilliant idea. Here we go on another fantastic adventure. Yippee!!

    • Sharon Schnese on March 16, 2020 at 5:49 pm

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    Thanks guys for thinking of all of the souls isolated during the corona virus outbreak. Seeing your podcasts helps me (and I’m sure, many of your viewers) to feel as though we are not so alone. The KAL helps keep the mind off of things and onto doing something productive.
    Thanks again for what you do during this crisis.

      • Mary on March 28, 2020 at 4:51 pm

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      Hello from the UK. I too have knit the Christmas baubles for ourselves and family. They’re well loved! It’s a beautiful book.
      Was feeling a bit directionless with all the changes this isolation brings, but back on track now with this colourful project. Lovely to watch the patterns unfold with the various colours. Thanks guys! It’s really appreciated.

    • Donita Brunner on March 16, 2020 at 5:50 pm

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    Thank you so much for doing this! I am getting started today.

    • Myrna on March 16, 2020 at 6:01 pm

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    This is a very welcome offer. Thank you so much for your kindness.
    Myrna from Nova Scotia, Canada
    Under quarantine for 14 days

      • Josée on March 16, 2020 at 9:01 pm

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      Good luck Myrna!
      From Bay View, Digby County

      • Karen Lewis on March 16, 2020 at 11:09 pm

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      Myrna people in Nova Scotia are praying for you
      Karen Lewis Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia

      • Dawne on March 17, 2020 at 1:04 pm

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      Good luck with your quarantine Myrna. I’m self-isolating here in Dartmouth. How cool is it to bump into each other online b/c of Norwegian knitters? I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s work in the coming days.

      • Rex on March 17, 2020 at 10:42 pm

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      Good luck Myrna. It’s nice we have a community of like others to keep our mind off this virus. I like the adventure we are on with the mystery squares.
      I’m her if you’d like a chat!
      Regards – Rex
      Austin, TX “Hill Country”

    • Bonnie on March 16, 2020 at 6:05 pm

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    Thank you!!! You always put a smile on my face and make me laugh. 🥰

    • Gwyn Higginson on March 16, 2020 at 6:18 pm

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    Lovely design..rushing to my stash….🥰

    • Elizabeth Robinson on March 16, 2020 at 6:23 pm

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    What a great idea! Thank you. I will be telling my knitting friends about this too!

    • Alechia Neathery on March 16, 2020 at 6:24 pm

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    Is this pattern knit as a garter stitch or the blue is knit stitch and white is a purl stitch ? Just wanted to make sure.

      • Penny on March 16, 2020 at 9:10 pm

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      Looking at the photo you can see that this is worked in St St. knit on the right side, purled on the wrong side.

    • Martha on March 16, 2020 at 6:25 pm

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    Thanks for the KAL just a little something to look forward to. glad you are both well and I know you’ll survive the 14 days together.

    • Nancy Fisher on March 16, 2020 at 6:27 pm

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    You guys are awesome. I have just the tarn in mind. Some stuff I want to use up. I hope you are both well. We are all participating in the largest social experiment the world has ever seen. I plan to be super creative all the way through. Much love.
    Nancy

    • Robyn on March 16, 2020 at 6:27 pm

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    You are the kindest, sweetest souls. Since I think of myself as “tough”, I am surprised how happy this KAL makes me feel in these weird times. Like many of us, I have a small amount of contract work this week and then will go without work (and pay) until at least the end of April, so I am very grateful for your free pattern and content. When things pick up, I will remember. This is a bright spot for me, and I thank you. xo

      • Vicki on March 19, 2020 at 12:04 pm

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      Hi Robyn,

      Hang in there, I am in the same position. It is scary but we will be fine. Get a daily routine going so you don’t lose track of things. My cousin just suggested asking for fruit picking work. In Europe the regular pickers can’t come in, so next week when I’m feeling brighter physically I’ll be doing that. I’m pretty much open to do anything (except sex work) that will pay my bills. Hugs and happy thoughts x

    • Sylvie Nguyen on March 16, 2020 at 6:27 pm

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    Having always done stranded color work “in the round,” can anyone offer a suggestion for doing it, purling alternate rows (not in the round)?

      • Alex T. on March 21, 2020 at 4:57 pm

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      I, too, have only ever done colour-work in the round, so I am finding it helpful to stop half-way across my “patch” and look at it from the right side. I find it hard to keep track of where I am on the wrong side, so this step enables me to see the pattern and make sure I haven’t made a mistake.

    • Dyanne Van Den Heuvel on March 16, 2020 at 6:31 pm

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    You are two of the most thoughtful, generous people I have ever met. I was looking at pictures from our Hurtigruten Cruise last March to cheer me up when suddenly you popped up with this amazing gift! You are helping us feel connected to each other while we sit in isolation, and are giving us something new to look forward to each day. Priceless! Thank you.

    • Sandi Michaels on March 16, 2020 at 6:34 pm

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    I started my first sock using the long tail cast-on. I have two rows done. I am using a size 2 needle in the round -9 in. I am knitting a shawl in three colors. I would love to be able to get the pattern for the sweater ya’ll are making. Thank you so much for this project. My 1st colorwork pattern.

    • amanda aldridge-schamp on March 16, 2020 at 6:35 pm

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    Thanks so much for this timely knit along, I am quarantined for one week due to flu a and both COVID-19, trying to work from home managing my group of providers, as I work in the hospital and I am feeling very guilty about missing work this week. This is helping me tremendously focus on something other than a computer screen and emails and calls. You guys are the best!! Stay safe and I am starting my patch now.

      • amanda aldridge-schamp on March 16, 2020 at 6:36 pm

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      That was supposed to say not COVID-19– just flu a positive

    • Lora Knutson on March 16, 2020 at 6:46 pm

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    Thanks Arne and Carlos!
    I am currently sick with the flu and in quarantine and bored out of my mind! Now I have something to do, while I feel like someone ran me over with a snowmobile. Lol. I am very happy that you and Arne are healthy and doing well, but I hope thing get back to normal ASAP for everyone! Love you both to pieces!

    With much love,
    Lora Knutson

    • Joan Bryson on March 16, 2020 at 6:50 pm

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    This is awesome and thank you so very much. In NJ and just social distancing to keep everyone safe here. This will be so much fun! I’ve never double knitted before so I’m off to your how to do double knitting and I will be entertained and learning! Here we go all together. I’m JustJoanKnits on Instagram and I will be watching and posting to your hashtag. Fun!

    • Helen on March 16, 2020 at 6:53 pm

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    Lovely flower. It is spring here and we have many flowers in bloom. I was 82 on March 13. It’s recommended that people over 60 stay in the house but I’m also going crazy. My neighbors have offered to shop for me, but I have extra food in case of earthquake here in Oakland California so all I need is some fresh vegetables that I’m going to get myself. I have lots of stash yarn. The only trouble is choosing which ones to knit to join your project. Helen

    • Karen Spalink on March 16, 2020 at 6:56 pm

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    Thank you for your thoughtfulness

    • Marienella on March 16, 2020 at 6:58 pm

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    Mil gracias,
    Lovely pattern and flower.

    • Julie S. on March 16, 2020 at 7:02 pm

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    Thank you, thank you for creating these daily video podcasts on such short notice. Your humor and creativity will help us get through this.🤗

    • Diana Hauser on March 16, 2020 at 7:08 pm

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    Thank you, Arne and Carlos! I enjoyed your broadcast today as we are under quarantine. You both are appreciated. I am about to print out your flower pattern. Stay well and I look forward to being with you again tomorrow. Bye for now from Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

  1. Reply

    Thank you lovely guys for this knitting treat and a welcome video that makes us all smile and forget this craziness and uncertainty going on for everyone at the moment. Wishing you both well, stay safe and hope the moose do not overrun the garden in Freya’s absence. Moose can be sneaky like that or so I understand. Much love xx

    • Becky Wahl on March 16, 2020 at 7:15 pm

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    Hi you two! This is Becky from Maryland! I miss you guys! Shawn and I had so much fun on your cruise. Remember at dinner the last night we were joking about being quarantined on the ship to knit. I’m very happy I got home when I did. By the way, the IKEA bag made it safely to Maryland! lol

    I’m going to check my stash in just a few minutes! I’m stuck home too. No physical therapy, etc for 14 days. I can’t see my grandkids! ☹️

    Kudos to Githa! She is fabulous!!

    See you tomorrow!
    Love, Becky

      • Barbara Rechtfertig on March 18, 2020 at 3:57 pm

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      Hey Becky, glad you got home in one piece. Me too, but a loooonngg trip! Please let’s keep in touch!

    • Susanna Monk on March 16, 2020 at 7:15 pm

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    Thank you!
    Dashing to my stash.
    ❤️

    • Carol on March 16, 2020 at 7:16 pm

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    I would love that sweater pattern. It’s beautiful. I’m doing genealogy. Not quarantined. No virus in northern MN, Yet! I’m going out to shop big time Wed. and then stay home. thank you for doing your pod casts. I enjoy the projects, your garden, etc. and also your sense of humor. It is a nice break.

    • Anne on March 16, 2020 at 7:17 pm

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    Love youguys and are excited to do your quarantine knit along…..
    Haven’t watched you before this but have been making your dolls ( which friends love) and of course have that book..
    Anne from Vancouver Island Canada… Currently sick with a cold in Arizona

    • Kay Hobby on March 16, 2020 at 7:19 pm

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    So good to see you both and excited to join you in your isolation virtually!! I am well and practicing self distancing. I have many different projects to work on, knitting, quilting, patchwork, appliqué etc. but missing the social interaction with friends and family! I look forward to your daily visits and will share with you what is going on here in my little cottage.
    We will all get through this together.
    Sending my love and a virtual HUG to you both.

    • Sue Davison on March 16, 2020 at 7:20 pm

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    What a brilliant idea, thank you very much xx

    • Lee Ann on March 16, 2020 at 7:21 pm

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    Off to search through my stash – thank you for this x

    • Karen Spalink on March 16, 2020 at 7:21 pm

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    Hi gentlemen ❤️I love Arne’s multicolored project and a pattern would be terrific.
    I am cooking hearty soups and things to see us through quarantine. I am of course knitting a lot but I’m also taking online classes in art and on color knitting which is quite new for me . I’m working my way up to your beautiful designs. I just finished a cowl that was my very first color work! Love you guys

    • Larisa Keselman on March 16, 2020 at 7:22 pm

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    That is really great idea and the first square is amazing! Thank you very much for making our isolation in 4 walls easier! !

    • Cristiana on March 16, 2020 at 7:24 pm

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    Thank you so much! Very happy to follow you, from Italy…

      • Hayley on March 16, 2020 at 9:34 pm

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      My heart goes out to you, I am in Indiana USA and it’s getting really real here. Glad to a hear a voice from Italy.

    • Kathy on March 16, 2020 at 7:27 pm

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    Thank you both for such a generous act! 🙂

      • Barbara Hawkins on March 18, 2020 at 9:46 am

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      How exciting , looking forward to final article.

    • Rita williams on March 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm

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    Looks lovely like a himalayas blue poppy

    • Lenna on March 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm

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    The chart will not print in color for me. I only get graph paper. Yes, I told it to print in color. What am I doing wrong?

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      Sorry, we can’t help you there, as it’s a problem with your printer, not the chart.

    • Annie Kromann on March 16, 2020 at 7:32 pm

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    Thank you, Arne and Carlos, for helping all of us to keep our sanity during these stressful times. Of course, it is easier for those of us who have hobbies to keep busy and even easier for those of us with a house full of UFOs. I myself have a knitted doll from Fano that needs to be completed. 😉
    My family and I are doing well here in Western Washington State. We are not in quarantine, but are practicing “social distancing” and “germ control.” We are experiencing cold but clear weather, so work in the garden is a possibility.
    Thanks again.

    • Jeannie Milan on March 16, 2020 at 7:34 pm

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    Great job. Appreciate your positive attitudes. I am knitting baby blankets…3 new babies due sometime this summer.
    Keep up the good vibes.

    • Jacqueline Dunn on March 16, 2020 at 7:38 pm

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    Thank yo7 for something to take my mind off this dark time..Canada just announced its borders are closed except for citizens and landed immigrants..I need a ray of sunshine..thanks..lov3 the flower..my garden is under snow too..thanks

    • Michele on March 16, 2020 at 7:40 pm

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    I feel very lucky to have recently discovered you and your designs through the purchase of Knit Stars 3 about a month ago. I have begun following you on the various social media sites. I like your relaxed personalities, have learned more about colorwork, and you have made me laugh!

    Such a happy block! Most of my leftovers are worsted weight so I may do some of the blocks into a baby blanket and some into hot pot pads to use the cotton leftovers.

    Thank you for sharing and spreading some joy. I, too, am home self-quarantining due to chronic health issues. I live very close to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA where the many cases are increasing rapidly and slowly spreading to surrounding areas. I hope that you, other knitters, and I remain healthy.

    • Meg Jones on March 16, 2020 at 7:41 pm

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    What a lovely idea !!! Thank you so much. No wonder you are tired with all that’s happened. You ask how we spend our days. I am trying to do what Carlos said- keep everything as normal as possible ie dress as I would do normally, put on make up, do some yoga, knitting, reading, interspersed with watching You Tube or listening to good blogs like this one. Oh and fortunate in the UK I can do gardening for fresh air.

    • Patricia Conner on March 16, 2020 at 7:46 pm

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    Thanks so much for 45 min of destressing. I enjoy just watching you visit.knitting in Fredericksburg to finish multiple ufo’s so I won’t join the knit along but I will be with you daily.

    • Betty Becker on March 16, 2020 at 7:49 pm

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    I’m an old lady and do not usually answer forms. But I follow your blogs and have seen your YouTubes.
    I’m also not on Facebook so cannot follow lots of newsy bits. BUT I do enjoy all of your efforts and I
    must commend you for this particular one. You both are not only expert in what you do, but your
    camaraderie and lightheartedness makes the material you are offering always interesting and fun
    to watch. Thank you for all of it.

    • Susan on March 16, 2020 at 7:51 pm

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    Yay! Such a great idea, can’t wait to see more.

    • sandra on March 16, 2020 at 8:07 pm

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    Oh, I do not have any stashed yarn as I use it for cat and dog mats for the animal rescue. BUT, I can’t wait to follow it all, thank you for this, it’s so great.

    The sweater is gorgeous! What a great pattern idea.

    As always you both are such a joy to watch!

    • Mai T Chang on March 16, 2020 at 8:07 pm

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    Hello, I’m from Boston, Massachusetts. I hope I won’t get crazy. I have a super huge stash all around me, so I only have to pick the color that I love the most. Which is yellow and white. And in between that I am knitting a pair of Fingerless Mitts.
    I am having fun all the time, Bye for now, Mai

    • Margarett on March 16, 2020 at 8:13 pm

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    Hi Arne and Carlos, I got your email and am very happy you both are safe and well. Thank you for making this knit a long and helping everyone to be more cheerful!

    • Tine on March 16, 2020 at 8:16 pm

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    I will definitely try my first pattern in English here! Best regards from Copenhagen where many people work at home these days. Your initiative is highly appreciated. We will stay sane together apart. Tine

    • Jeanetta Lee on March 16, 2020 at 8:36 pm

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    You guys are the best!!

    • Jean on March 16, 2020 at 8:49 pm

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    Thank You for doing this. It is very comforting knitting with friends.

    • Lee Talon on March 16, 2020 at 8:53 pm

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    Thank you so much for this. Was just sitting in my apt. Feeling useless as i can not go out to volunteer for anything. Checked on my neighbor whose is elderly
    Exercised. Couldn’t get my energy going to knit and then miracle of miracles you came online and i had 45 minutes of joy. Big hug and kisses from NYC yo you both and Freya. Will stop typing now to search mu stash. Thanks again, I am truly grateful.♥

    • Lisa Kite on March 16, 2020 at 9:05 pm

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    Thank you Arne and Carlos, I appreciate the time you are putting into creating this wonderful diversion! This also fits with my 2020 resolution to knit only from my stash for as long as possible, so thank you for that as well 😊I actually will likely have less time to knit since my kids will be doing their school work at home, so this daily project seems manageable.

    • Natalie on March 16, 2020 at 9:06 pm

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    God Bless you Arne and Carlos, when everything is awful you’ve come up with a ray of sunshine.

    • csandmeier on March 16, 2020 at 9:07 pm

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    Thank you! This will be fun and we’ll have a great story to go with the FO! XO from the Pacific Northwest!

    • Nancy on March 16, 2020 at 9:11 pm

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    Thank you so much for this great idea! I have bad memory due to brain surgery so it takes me forever to finish a project. I will check the yarn left from scarves and hats to see if I can make a decent flower block.stay safe and healthy.

    • Carolyn on March 16, 2020 at 9:20 pm

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    Such a brilliant idea. Thanks for making everyone’s quarantine a bit better. We’re full time RVers in the U.S. so our space is limited but I’d never be without my stash! Thanks guys.

    • Andrea on March 16, 2020 at 9:21 pm

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    Such a lovely thing to do! Thank you from Wales UK.

    • Laura Lea Cobb on March 16, 2020 at 9:24 pm

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    Is there a trick to keep your two colors of yarn from twisting and having to untwist after every row?

    • Debbie on March 16, 2020 at 9:27 pm

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    Thank you so much for doing this for us, we sure do enjoy having the two of you for friends.

    • Cat on March 16, 2020 at 9:34 pm

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    Thanks for doing this. It’s a wonderful idea!

    • Hayley on March 16, 2020 at 9:36 pm

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    I have about 10 colors to work with… think this will offer enough variety? I think it is suggesting 28 colors total?
    Thanks

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      10 colours is fine. Not sure where you get the 28 colour suggestion as we’ve never suggested that.

        • Hayley on March 16, 2020 at 10:39 pm

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        I guess I was just thinking 14 days of clues? 2 colors each clue? Lol who knows….

    • Misty Blue on March 16, 2020 at 9:59 pm

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    Thanks dear Vikings. I am wondering if you opened a tab in your Ravelry discussion boards/thread. A lot of folks who don’t have FB and/or IG can also join in. May God continue to bless you for your kindness. What goes around comes around. Hugs.

      • Minnebelle on March 17, 2020 at 6:24 pm

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      There is a thread in the Arne and Carlos group on Ravelry.
      https://www.ravelry.com/groups/arne–carlos

    • Lissie on March 16, 2020 at 10:09 pm

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    I’m looking for 8ply but don’t think I have any, if not it will be doubled 4 ply knitted together , I shall try this tomorrow so looking forward to it!! I’m quarantined as I’ve just returned from Poland and have fever,
    sore throat and headache……,l
    Lissie X x

      • Kate Hill on March 16, 2020 at 11:50 pm

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      Get well soon x

    • Sue on March 16, 2020 at 10:19 pm

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    I’ve never done color/stranded knitting (though I’ve done mosaic knitting), but I’m going to copy all these patterns & watch your videos to try these sometime. They are small enough to not be so intimidating for a newbie to start with – kind of a swatch! This is such a nice thing to do during a time when people are stressed out & need a focus that’s happy. Thank you from the US east coast!

    • Beth Altimari on March 16, 2020 at 10:27 pm

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    You make me feel so happy on a blue day. Thank you for doing such a thoughtful and generous gift of your time with the mystery knit along. I hope it is something I can save or come back to in case I miss one here and there! Ps: your 2 tone sweaters are terrific!

    • Debbie Murfin on March 16, 2020 at 10:27 pm

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    You two have come through for me once again! A spot of joy and happiness in an otherwise rather somber day, thanks for the lovely flower!

    • Janelle Hiam on March 16, 2020 at 10:28 pm

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    I appreciate your generosity so much. I am self-imposing a quarantine because I was in airports and planes twice in the last week. Surprisingly, it is a rainy day in Central California so it is a perfect day to watch your YouTube channel and knit. I look forward to reading comments and watching you in the next two weeks.

    • louise arsenault on March 16, 2020 at 10:43 pm

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    This pattern in a square looks similar to the one I found in the marvelous book by Mary Jane Mucklestone: 150 Scandinavian Motifs. A pattern for a pincushion knitted in round. It inspired me. Since I found it, I’ve made more than 15 pincushions with scandinavian motifs and animals (cat, sheep, polar bear head). 3.5 to 4 inch. square (9-10 cm). And more to come! Your square could become a pincushion. Here, in Quebec City, it is still cold and lot of snow. Perfetc time to knit. So I continue to knit winter clothes and Christmas balls. Next project: peruvian hat. Generous of you to provide us with your “Quarantine”
    projects. Bye

    • Shelly on March 16, 2020 at 10:47 pm

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    Oh my gosh! I needed this! Thank you for finding a way to keep communities together while we are separated. I’m tagging in my charity knitting group and we will donate our finished product to a local charity to be auctioned off
    I love you guys!
    Stay well…

    • louise arsenault on March 16, 2020 at 10:50 pm

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    Forgot to tell you that all my pincushions with scandinavian motifs were knitted in red and white (I had Christmas in mind and a big ball of red yarn to use). The animals were knitted in white and blue, as yours. I am looking for a perfect pattern for a cactus.

    • Sharon on March 16, 2020 at 10:58 pm

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    Thank you for your compassion. I’ve been knitting quite a bit recently. I’m in Washington State, USA and large events and schools have been canceled. We’ve been advised to stay at home away from people. The sun is shining today and some plants are starting to bloom, so your flower square is very appropriate.

    • Rachel on March 16, 2020 at 10:58 pm

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    Thanks for putting this together so quickly! I look forward to joining in, and maybe giving double knitting a try. And can’t wait to watch Arne’s hair grow! 😂😂

    • Martha on March 16, 2020 at 10:59 pm

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    This is a wonderful idea!!! Unfortunately, I don’t have Internet at my house but maybe I can make it to the grocery store or library every couple of days to knit along as well. Stay safe and wash your hands.

    • Pat Neff on March 16, 2020 at 11:00 pm

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    Thank you, gentlemen!

    • louise arsenault on March 16, 2020 at 11:05 pm

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    Also forgot: for the pincushion, you have to knit 2 squares in round. You have the motif on each side.

    • Marit on March 16, 2020 at 11:12 pm

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    Takk for kjærkomment engasjement. Takk for omsorgen for andre. I love you both. 🙋🙏🌹

    • Kathy F Goodman on March 16, 2020 at 11:32 pm

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    You guys are the best! I will be following along the best I can. I am high risk, so I’m self-quarantining. I’ve been sleeping a lot since my surgery, so I may get way behind, but I will do my best. I can’t thank you enough for doing this. I don’t have much of a stash, but hopefully I will have something I can use. Going to look now and hopefully get started on the first square.

      • Kathy F Goodman on March 17, 2020 at 12:13 am

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      Nope, had to order yarn! Ordered 2 day postage though so I won’t get too far behind I hope.

    • Kate Hill on March 16, 2020 at 11:48 pm

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    This will be my first project tomorrow. Couldn’t do it today as I was too busy unpacking after returning to the UK after my Norwegian Coastal voyage was cut short due to port closures. Spent some time rebooking my cruise for 2021 so will definitely be returning to your beautiful country.
    This pattern is lovely and I think I know exactly which yarn I will be using x

    • Olga on March 16, 2020 at 11:53 pm

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    Lovely. Can’t wait to start my square. I am working, caring for older folks in a nursing facility. So definitely not quarantined. But work to home to limit exposure and risk. So in the evening plan to knit along. This is a Wonderful idea. Thank you.

    • Pamela Ruege on March 16, 2020 at 11:56 pm

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    Oh hello to you dear guys…. I am a new knitter and found your youtube videos last fall and have been catching up on all your offerings. My great aunts and uncles all spoke with the same accents as yours, being of both Swedish and Norwegian heritage. When I was very small they all spoke Swedish and Norwegian together and my grandmother made me play piano while she sang in Swedish. I did not realize how comforting your voices are to me 50-60 years later while I sit and learn to knit for the first time in my life.
    Thanks so very much for doing this knit along while we are all cooped up here in our homes not going out. I will be very happy and excited to see you guys every day showing me something I have not done before. I hope you will keep it simple for us all who can barely knit but want to learn. The flower for today is beautiful. Thank you so much for starting this new journey to keep all our spirits up. We live in the upper part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in USA and so we have so much snow still, will be snowshoeing and knitting with you guys!

    • Christin on March 17, 2020 at 12:15 am

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    Wunderbare Idee! Vielen Dank ihr Zwei!

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    Dear guys!
    First of all, thank you for this amazing project, it’s so thoughtful of you to give your time and ideas to all of us with genuine generosity, and and it’s wonderful to know that many people will be together with their hands busy 🧶
    I’m so happy to have found your project!! I think it will be great for me to keep up with your fantastic instructions and see if I can achieve this misterious project! I can’t wait! Thank you so much! Stay safe 💕

    • sallyg on March 17, 2020 at 12:18 am

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    You two are the best! Looking forward to your podcasts and the KAL. I’ve finished over a third of my flowers for my Hedvig! That’s been fun to work on through these crazy times. Many thanks!

    • Joni on March 17, 2020 at 12:32 am

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    Love it! I love that knitters the world over are united in relaxing together in our favorite thing! From Maine, USA

    • Dimitra on March 17, 2020 at 12:33 am

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    Thank you so much, a great idea, it will so many people who are in isolation.

    Keep safe,
    Dimitra
    Warragul, Victoria Australia

    • Kathy on March 17, 2020 at 12:39 am

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    I am binding off.

    • Sarah D on March 17, 2020 at 12:39 am

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    I work at a grocery store so I am very much not in quarantine and don’t have the time to actually knit every day, but I’m totally saving this so heaven forbid I end up in quarantine, I have something fun to do 😂

    • Holly Boone on March 17, 2020 at 12:43 am

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    Thank you for this wonderful pattern. Your daily podcast is what we all need to make it through these difficult times. The knitting community is such an amazing group of people.

    • Bran Callet on March 17, 2020 at 12:51 am

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    I would love to have the pattern for the socks that you are making for your folk costumes.
    Thanks for doing this.

    • Kathy on March 17, 2020 at 12:58 am

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    Thank you for thinking of all of us out here in the same boat as you two are. Such an awesome idea!!

    • Carrie on March 17, 2020 at 1:02 am

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    Thank you for arranging the knit along. We are quarantined in Virginia, USA, and the kid’s school and university are doing home learning. It is lovely to have some group knitting to look forward to!

    • Wendy on March 17, 2020 at 1:09 am

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    I am Soo excited! How much yarn should we expect to use for each square? I don’t want to get half way through and have to start over because I had underestimated.

    Ty! XOXO

    • Roberta Millar on March 17, 2020 at 1:12 am

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    Arne, you need to speak up, very difficult to hear you, shared this with knitter friends! This will be fun!
    Thanks, Roberta

    • Rakel on March 17, 2020 at 1:19 am

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    Dette var morsomt
    Takk for at dere bidrar til å gjøre tiden i karantene kortere og triveligere.

    • Sandra M on March 17, 2020 at 1:28 am

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    You’re the best! Thank you for sharing this adorable pattern! We really appreciate your kindness during these difficult times.
    Stay safe and healthy!

    • Lynn Maki on March 17, 2020 at 1:42 am

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    You are so right. This is a lovely opportunity to be in this together. I view the project as a memento of a dramatic time in our world’s history.

    • Bernice on March 17, 2020 at 1:54 am

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    Please get us the sweater pattern. I love it. You guys are great.

    • Brandee. A.k.a. Adirondack Bee on March 17, 2020 at 2:18 am

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    I love love love your channel!!! I was immensly surprised to see this video and deligjted in every minute of it. I can never get enough and have rewatched every video you have..you are my go to for my unwind time!! That being said..this quarantine knit along is an absolutely smashing idea and I love it!! Bravo!!! I am so excited for all of us..not the quarantine part..but the knit along part with the podcast. What a great way to create a united community across the globe in these very questionable times. I so appreciate all your hard work and your dedication in providing such a wonderful and creative method of entertainment and oodles of unending inspiration. Well done gentlemen..well done!! I have taken my notes..subscribed to the groups and am running to my hoard to select my fibers and tools and get on board with this project. Again…Bravo! Looking forward to tomorrow’s post!

    • Barbara on March 17, 2020 at 2:44 am

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    What a great, considerate idea! Thank you so much!!!

    • Jane on March 17, 2020 at 2:59 am

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    Hi!!! Greetings from Utah. I just finished watching your first quarantine podcast and I want to thank you. I was very touched by your sincerity and kindness. I am in self isolation (with the dog and the cat) because I am in a high risk group, and its driving me crazy! I am knitting, reading, and hiking in the foothills of the mountains, but I am tired of being alone all the time. Your podcast made me feel not quite so alone.
    Also, I have never grown meconopsis but I have always thought it is such a beautiful flower… so, I’ll see you again tomorrow.

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    So fun! Great idea to keep us here in California entertained and feeling less isolated during the next three weeks. Thank you!

    • Lisa Gleeson on March 17, 2020 at 3:37 am

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    Hello Arne & Carlos, hello knitters around the world!

    What a terrific KAL 🙂 I hope everyone has a great yarn stash ready. Love & best wishes for anyone in quarantine.

    • Ginger on March 17, 2020 at 3:39 am

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    You both are just the best! Thanks so much for this.
    From Sonoma County, California.

    • Deirdre on March 17, 2020 at 4:00 am

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    Greetings from Australia. This is a lovely, thoughtful idea of yours. Thank you both. Keeping busy means keeping sane and having a project like this is a wonderful way to block out the dreadful news every now and then.

    • Christine C Stockton on March 17, 2020 at 4:35 am

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    Lovely project. Thank you Carlos and Arne! I have a question I hope you’ll address. Should this be knitted as Fair Isle? Or could it be knitted all one color and then contrast color added as duplicate stitching? I was wondering how best to avoid the long floats in rows 5 – 7 and 31 – 35.

    • Pam Harris on March 17, 2020 at 4:47 am

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    I am ready for garden flowers. Love the first pattern. This will be fun. I don’t do Facebook but will post on instagram.

    • Lynn Sessler on March 17, 2020 at 5:24 am

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    You guys are such lovely positive people, thanks for doing this.
    💕Lynn from Australia.

    • Annie B on March 17, 2020 at 5:59 am

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    Hi, I have only knitted two-color in the round, like for hats and mittens, not flat, and am wicked slow with the purl side on this swatch… Could you get out your teaching swatch and show how you are handling the yarn? I do color work with both yarns in my left hand, maybe I can try one in each hand, if it makes that purl side easier.

    Thank you for doing this, it’s good medicine, and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow,
    Annie B, Minnesota, USA

      • Jenn on March 17, 2020 at 1:55 pm

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      Agreed, it would be amazing if you could share some tips and/or a demo for purling colorwork! Thanks so much!!

    • Whitney Robertson on March 17, 2020 at 6:26 am

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    I think the sweater looks very lovely and colorful. I’d love to make it if you come out with the pattern. Thanks. 😍

    • Tony Davies on March 17, 2020 at 6:45 am

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    This is such fun, thank you for inviting everyone to join you. I finished my first mystery square but I missed the tip about the edge stitch,I’ll remember that for next time!

    • D I on March 17, 2020 at 7:23 am

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    Happy saint Patrick Day from Ireland. Xxxx I’m knitting those lovely squares and enjoying every isolated minute. God Bless you all.

    • Zuzi on March 17, 2020 at 7:57 am

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    More! More!
    We need a much bigger thing!
    🙏🙏🙏

    • Blaubeerblau on March 17, 2020 at 8:02 am

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    Thank you for this beautiful idea
    Stay save and healthy

    • Ashena on March 17, 2020 at 8:04 am

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    Did I miss the material somehow?
    Sockyarn? Cotton?

    • Pamela Dungar on March 17, 2020 at 9:27 am

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    What a wonderful idea, I will be stash diving and casting on this afternoon. Thank you both for taking the time to do this.

    • Nicolette Wasling on March 17, 2020 at 9:53 am

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    Thank you so much. I’m avoiding going out as much as I can which gives me plenty of time to worry about my loved ones. Keeping the mind and hands busy really does help.. Stay safe and healthy x

    • Elisabeth Selig on March 17, 2020 at 9:56 am

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    nice idea! thanx

    • Rossy Ilieva on March 17, 2020 at 10:27 am

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    I’m happy to knit along with all of you 🙂 Unfortunately I have more fingering yarns as I love to knit socks and gloves, but I found some DK.

    • Jeanne K on March 17, 2020 at 10:30 am

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    Thank you! Thank you! It is a breath of fresh air to have people calmly doing activities together virtually. I will be watching for the new clues.

    • Julie B on March 17, 2020 at 10:59 am

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    This is such a brilliant idea – looking forward to starting this.

    • Monica Lea on March 17, 2020 at 11:13 am

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    Thank you both so much! I’m about ready to smack my partner right now, so this KAL will help him not end up with my cast iron pan upside his head.

    • Linzi S on March 17, 2020 at 11:21 am

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    Thanks for your entertaining posts – I have decided to learn to knit ‘the Norwegian way! I have cast on and worked three rows – now to master the colour work as well!
    thanks guys – stay safe!

    • Jacqueline Fechner on March 17, 2020 at 11:54 am

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    So sorry your not coming to Australia . But so glad your doing this for us all what a great gesture. I’m watching from Adelaide Australia and am heading to find wool in my stash to join you . Thankyou

    • PALOMA LILLO on March 17, 2020 at 12:51 pm

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    thank you from Spain

    • Karen Jackson on March 17, 2020 at 1:06 pm

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    Wow i love this flower I saw your pic, such a pretty flower that won’t grow here in Maine ! So i will knit it and paint it! Thanks so much for you pattern and laughs! You spark joy!! LOl Keep happy during this lock down time.. Here in Maine my husband has to work from home we have to stay away from people. NO going out to lunch or dinner or drink! Scary stuff but you guys are helping us to keep happy!~ Thank you

    • Susan Buckeled on March 17, 2020 at 1:17 pm

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    From Bethany WV, USA – Keep well every one. Taking a break from a marathon of knitting, I cleaned out the linen closet.
    In the very back corner of the top shelf – a bottle of hand sanitizer. Yeh! A cyber hug to you all.

    • Connie Lou Alexa on March 17, 2020 at 1:19 pm

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    Good Morning. It’s 9:11 AM in southern Michigan on 3/17/20. I am new to color work knitting and to Arne & Carlos, and have just purchased your book of 30 Slippers to Knit and Felt in english and it’s wonderful!!!! Arne, you said something in an episode I recently watched for the first time that resonated with me, and that is what your Grandmother said to you when you were a child about “lazy people” sit with their hands in their laps, and that you didn’t want to be lazy so you knitted or crocheted. I haven’t sat down without thinking about this … so I pick up my knitting instead of letting my hands be idle and so far have completed 1 pair of socks and have one sock completed and the second sock on the needles of the next pair. Thank you for doing this for the world and thank you for the mystery knitting adventure; YOU ARE NOT ALONE EITHER. =)

    • Judith Logan Junop on March 17, 2020 at 1:49 pm

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    Thank you Arne and Carlos. Ontario Canada just went to a state of emergency. My husband and I are recent empty nesters and this is an interesting time. I’m blessed with an enabling partner who supports knitting. He was so excited to meet you in St.Thomas, Ontario, last fall.

    Thanks for keeping the world engaged in knitting to help cope with this unprecedented time in which we are living.

    Judith and David, Toronto, Ontario

      • Susan L ONeill on March 20, 2020 at 6:30 pm

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      I’m from St Thomas, although I live in London, England now. I guess you would have been at the Little Red Mitten then. I was home in mid Sept last year. Miss it a lot, so it was good to be back for a little while. It’s a great knitting shop too!

      Susan

    • Michelle Harrison on March 17, 2020 at 2:07 pm

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    Thank you for this!

    • Dorinda Contreras on March 17, 2020 at 2:10 pm

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    So I have a question guys, do I need one way and pearl back the other way? I know this seems really silly question, but that is my question. Hugs!

    • Niki on March 17, 2020 at 2:29 pm

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    What a wonderful idea. I’m new to this sort of thing so l hope it’s ok to ask this. About how much wool will l need and in how many colours? Also is what we are knitting a secret or just what pattern the squares will be? I’m only asking because the only other KAL I’ve tried to do was a huge shawl in very thick wool. I gave up halfway because l have no neck and would never have been able to wear it. 😁 Many thanks.

    • Line on March 17, 2020 at 2:34 pm

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    Thank you so much! I’ll join! I’m in our apartment 24-7 now because of corona, and I just look so much forward to feeling safe, connected and active again, when all this is over! I don’t have yarn or needles that fit your description, but I’ll see how far I get with 3 mm needles and Finull, and if it doesn’t work, I’ll improvise. 🦠🧶🦠🌷🥺🦠🧶

    • WENDY on March 17, 2020 at 2:48 pm

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    Hi thank you so much! Have knitted first square. This has been a very pleasant hour listening to you and I’m sure is much appreciated by many knitters stuck at home. Looking forward to future podcasts. Take care one and all around the world x

    • Janet on March 17, 2020 at 2:56 pm

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    Cannot go to my regular knit and natter as all my friends elderly.. Your idea brilliant and good company. I work in a care home so staying at home when not at work. Looking forward to tomorrow

    • Kayann on March 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm

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    Thank you for sharing your quarantine time with us. I’m working on a sweater as I watch and will keep this mystery project in mind for later. Love the first flower!

    • Pelly on March 17, 2020 at 3:08 pm

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    So sorry you are in quarantine 😢 The poppy design is lovely…I am wondering how to knit it back and forth? How do you manage knitting the colourwork on the wrong side?

    • Donna Watson on March 17, 2020 at 3:16 pm

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    Where should we post our pictures of the finished block? Thank you

    • Isabelle Watson on March 17, 2020 at 3:52 pm

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    wonderful initiative, thank you so much for doing this! First square is blocked, eagerly awaiting the next! Happy knitting everyone!
    Isabelle from Switzerland

    • Ellisen on March 17, 2020 at 4:01 pm

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    Fun KAL! Love the flower squares. Thank you. Midwest USA.

    • Sharon Lubasch on March 17, 2020 at 4:16 pm

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    thank you!
    I am waiting for the next hint. My yarn was being waiting almost 40 years for this mystery KAL.
    I wonder if I am able to send you a photo of my work.
    so long,
    Sharon from Haifa, Israel

    • Karlyn on March 17, 2020 at 4:26 pm

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    When I got up today the world seemed bleaker but then I stumbled on an article about your website and this particular KAL to keep busy during our suggested coronavirus isolation here in the US. You two have become my most favorite people. Thank you for doing this! It’s like the sun came out! Beautiful design – thank you for sharing! I’m following you now on YouTube too. Again, thank you, thank you!!

    • Marie on March 17, 2020 at 4:30 pm

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    Thank you very much for this project!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Valli Durkee on March 17, 2020 at 4:30 pm

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    Hello. I just found you two last night and in love already! I am from Maine USA. We should all say where we are from when posting to make it even more fun to bring the whole world together as we all go thru this together!❤️🧶

    • Rossy Ilieva on March 17, 2020 at 4:47 pm

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    Great! One square down 🙂 It was fun – from 2 mm to 4 mm knit is like – oh, it’s so bulkyyy. But liked it very much!

    • Julie on March 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

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    Arne — Would you be so kind as to show how you did the two yarns together at the beginning and the bind off? I think you cast on in one color but did the first row of knitting by alternating every other stitch – one blue and one white? Thank you so much!

    • Margarett on March 17, 2020 at 5:03 pm

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    I finished the first one! I love it! I am usually not very good with stranded knitting but having to concentrate kept me busy all afternoon and helped with my anxiety. Thank you Arne and Carlos! I hope you both are continuing to feel well!

    • Barbara Bitner on March 17, 2020 at 5:08 pm

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    Thank you so much for creating Quarantine Knitting! I am enjoying having you in my living room and will look forward to each day!

    • Inga on March 17, 2020 at 5:09 pm

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    Dear Arne and Carlos, you are the most generous and thoughtful people I’ve known. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    • Jessica on March 17, 2020 at 5:18 pm

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    I love this idea. I always enjoy your channel and I’m looking forward to the extra days of it.
    Thank you,
    Jessica

    • Mary Lou Keenan on March 17, 2020 at 5:19 pm

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    Thank you for this KAL! I enjoy watching ALL your YouTube videos. I live in sunny Florida, USA, so I do a lot of sock knitting. We don’t wear warm Norwegian sweaters. 🙁

    • LORETO ROMERO on March 17, 2020 at 5:23 pm

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    Hi I am very reflexive these days traying to understand wich way we are going as human beings. In search of information I found several youtube very interesting videos. But of all of them I decided that yours was the more “appealing” For a grandma like me. It is more practical to take it easyb., relax and enjoy the knitting activities your are sharing with us. Thanks so much for your shared creativity! I live in Ensenada B. Cal.Mèxico and para Carlos, me puedo expresar mejor en español por supuesto! tengo 64 años. Los incluyo a Arne y a ti en mis oraciones diarias, muchas gracias por abrir esta ventana hacia otra forma de relacionarse en tiempos de crisis!

    • Amy E Evans on March 17, 2020 at 5:29 pm

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    You both lifted my spirits. Arne and Carlos you are a gift from Heaven! Thank you for being so kind and generous. I am looking forward to the KAL and a big YES please to the pattern for the sweater that Arne is working on!!!
    Love you guys!

    • Anna on March 17, 2020 at 5:59 pm

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    Hello Arne and Carlos, just finished watching the second podcast.
    I started to knit the first flower but had to do also “washing dirty clothes from the cruise” and “going out to buy some food”. Also here in Belgium, no toiletpaper… ☺ but plenty of sunshine today.
    I was happy to see Freya, does she go to the hairdresser sometimes?
    I will now divide my time between the knit along and finishing my bear. Posting pictures when ready.
    Keep up the optimism and go for walks when you can. See you tomorrow.
    Anna

    • jana on March 17, 2020 at 6:03 pm

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    How many days will there be? How much yarn total will I need? I’m trying to be responsible and NOT rush out to buy more yarn. will any of the blocks have more than 2 colors?

    • Beryl Robinson on March 17, 2020 at 6:23 pm

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    Thank you very much, just starting on the snow rose, brilliant idea and a lifesaver in such times. Looking forward to see how project progresses! Congrats to you both for your inspiration. Beryl from Scotland

    • Lisa Villone on March 17, 2020 at 6:25 pm

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    Hi Everyone. I’m happily knitting and finishing up my first Clue. I have a question for you…what is a(n) UFO as its being used in the podcasts? Thank you!

    • Minnebelle on March 17, 2020 at 6:33 pm

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    I’m confused about your tip to make 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.

    1. First stitch is contradictory. Do you always knit it whether knit or purl-side? Or do you knit if the knit-side and purl if the purl-side?
    2. Last stitch – do you always knit it? Or do you knit if knit-side and purl if purl-side?

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      You are overthinking this. We recommend you just read the instructions and do what it says and you should be fine. If you are not, we are doing a mini tutorial in tomorrow’s podcast – so stay tuned!

      • Alex T. on March 22, 2020 at 12:44 am

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      Minnebelle, this is a few days after your question, but in case you are still unsure I think I am correct in saying :
      1. First stitch: the first stitch is always a knit stitch, whether it is the right side or the wrong side.
      2. Last stitch: always use both colours and a knit stitch on right side or a purl stitch on the wrong side (unless the row is a one-colour row).
      I think what may be confusing you is that in English we use the same term for the process of knitting, i.e. “knit”, as we do for the specific type of stitch, i.e. purl stitch or knit stitch. I hope this helps you.

    • Sandi Michaels on March 17, 2020 at 6:57 pm

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    Hi Guys – Thank you – you both look very nice. Thank you for doing these tutorials. I did not have an DK yarn, the ones I have are varigated. Using worsted and 8 needle. I thoroughly enjoy your podcast and sit here in anticipation until you come on. This is my first colorwork and I am going to get this. I will show my progress on the Facebook site. Thank you again, it is very much appreciated.

    • Myrna on March 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm

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    I’m wondering how important it will be to the finished product if my gauge makes each square into a rectangle. Or should I hard block it into a square?

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      Consistency is more important. As long as your squares are similar in dimensions, it’s OK. Ours are 13×14 cm, so not exactly square…

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    tusen takk x x x

    • Cherie on March 17, 2020 at 7:13 pm

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    Just a beginner with knitting a pattern like this pretty flower.
    Where should I,start…I need an
    easy pattern to start.
    Do I go to UTUBE?
    Thanks
    Cherie

    • Sharyl Hardiman on March 17, 2020 at 7:31 pm

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    Sorry coronovirus has every one in a twit but your knit along and patterns came at the perfect time for me. We are making a Fiber Friends project at our local library (which is closed because of the virus). I needed inspiration for more knitted squares for a blanket we are making to auction and raise money for the library. What you are posting is perfect!!! Thank you for such wonderful colorwork designs. Hope it is OK if I give credit to you for helping with our community project.

    • Louise on March 17, 2020 at 8:52 pm

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    Thanks so much for sharing. This is my first KAL and figured colorwork practice would be good since I have your Christmas ball book to get going on. Quarantined in New Bedford, Massachusetts for a minimum of 14 days

    • Maria Hristova-Thistleton on March 17, 2020 at 9:01 pm

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    Dear Arne and Carlos.

    Thank you very much for the lovely patterns!

    Kind regards, Maria

    • Elizabeth on March 17, 2020 at 9:19 pm

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    I hope the two of you are feeling fine.

    • vanessa on March 17, 2020 at 10:02 pm

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    This is the most generous and also productive project I have found in a long time.plus its so encouraging for everyone to see so many people from all over the globe are still crafting and creating through this anxious time. Thank you so very much for this project, its perfect.

    • Natasha on March 17, 2020 at 10:24 pm

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    Thank you. I am just finishing my first icelandic colourwork sweater. Knitting till my fingers hurt.
    No isolation here but am very sad & distressed as my daughters choir have cancelled all the wonderful concerts they sing in our beautiful cathedral over this period. So our evenings we spend indoors at home.
    What an amazing piece of history we knit together her. Tash in Cumbria. X

    • Cheryl Wilner on March 18, 2020 at 12:39 am

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    I was so excited to see your YouTube and blog posts yesterday and am rushing to catch up. Thank you so much for adding a fun and positive look to each day during these difficult times. i have just started to learn some color work thanks to your podcasts and this will really be a great learning opportunity. Thank you!

    • Erica Mueller on March 18, 2020 at 1:15 am

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    I assume you are making a pillow or blanket, but I’m going to use 4 repeats of the chart (CO 96 sts) for another of the MANY blue hats I have made for the #HatNotHate anti-bullying campaign in America’s public schools. Anyone wanting to get involved can find their Facebook group. The goal is 100,000 hats by September. Wish I could post a photo here of your Tordis and purled XO hats, for both of which I paired light and dark blue.

    • Mary on March 18, 2020 at 1:44 am

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    Dear Arne and Carlos,
    Thank you for posting your KALs for us to enjoy during this tough time! Your caring nature shows in all of your efforts to engage others in your knitting passion. I was lucky enough to meet you last year at a class in a LYS Colorful Stitches in Lenox MA. and learned how to knit one of your birds. Continuing to learn from you is a joy! Wishing you continued health.

    • Anita on March 18, 2020 at 2:30 am

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    I have just found you guys on my news feeds talking about coronavirus so I have to say it has given me a gift. I love what you are doing and while I am not in quarantine I am in the high risk category so spending more time at home alone than usual I will have to catch up but am looking forward to doing your project and keeping you guys company through your quarantine from here in Western Australia take care of yourselves Anita 🌞🌈

    • Martha on March 18, 2020 at 3:01 am

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    Oh my goodness! What is it going to be? I love the mystery. Stay well and thank you for inspiring us.

    • Carol Hawes on March 18, 2020 at 3:19 am

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    I tried to print the charts, but they print on 3 pages and don’t print the whole thing. Is there a trick to printing them?

    • Anna on March 18, 2020 at 6:44 am

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    Hi, I try to join the facebook to post but my request is “pending” for two days now.
    Can you please help?
    Thank you
    Anna

    • Jessica on March 18, 2020 at 7:18 am

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    Yes yes yes to Arne’s sweater pattern! And thank you both for being a bright spot in the world, now and always.

    • Annie Boulton on March 18, 2020 at 8:54 am

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    Hello Arne and Carlos. I am enjoying knitting your gorgeous flower designs. I am glad that Freya came home! She needs to keep her eye on that moose who is still visiting your garden. Maybe open the window for him to pop his head through!!! Take care guys. I love your podcast xxx

    • Jacqui on March 18, 2020 at 9:09 am

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    Hi, a friend recommended you as we are under 14 days of isolation due to illness. What a wonderful idea to use your 14 days to spread yarny love around the globe to so many others in the same situation. Will so enjoy joining in, thank you from England.

    • Ramya Vanmaele on March 18, 2020 at 9:34 am

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    Thankyou Arne&Carlos this is first time I knitting different cloures let see I can do wii let know look after you both I’m very happy to have you both good luck .

    • Sue Makin on March 18, 2020 at 9:48 am

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    Enjoying your blog and all the comments from around the world . Even though everyone is practicing social distancing the world is united in craft……from a fan in Australia.

    • Charlotte on March 18, 2020 at 1:25 pm

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    Hi Arne & Carlos — AND of course all you other knitters out there 🙂

    I’m actually one of those crocheters you mentioned bemoaning the knitalong as I’m a very bad knitter, but as you said it isn’t a hard pattern I’ve found some Dk yarn and I’m going to try. I have lots of time as most everything has been shut down here in Denmark, at least for a fortnight.
    You recommended to use two different types of dk yarn for the effect right?

    Virtual hugs from Copenhagen

    • Laura Miller on March 18, 2020 at 1:36 pm

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    I am a day behind! I had a sock to finish first. I stayed up late to finish #. I will be starting #2 this morning and hopefully be finished in time to watch today’s live video. 🤞The hard part is choosing the colours. LOL

    • Bobbi Jo on March 18, 2020 at 1:50 pm

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    Thank you so much for offering this option to us! I am working remotely for the next couple of weeks and these patterns will be my evening knitting even though I have oodles of WIPs! The squares will give me something to remember this out of body experience that’s our new reality (not that I’ll need a reminder)! Thank you thank you thank you!

    • Margaret Sweeney on March 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm

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    Hope you are still doing alright. Getting ready to go to work at the Knitting Nook in Owasso Oklahoma. My Wednesday knitting group is meeting there because the public library is closed.

    • Sarah on March 18, 2020 at 2:01 pm

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    Thank you so much for doing this knitalong. One of my goals for this year is to get better at colourwork so this project will be perfect – small pieces I can work on everyday. AIso, I love knitting from scraps! I just found a bunch of Cascade 220 scraps in a bin which will be perfect!

    • Laura Miller on March 18, 2020 at 2:51 pm

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    If these patches get sewn together for a cushion cover I will call it my Covid Cushion Cover. 😁

    • Gail Tress on March 18, 2020 at 2:56 pm

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    Thank you so much for this lovely idea while we are all coping with Coronavirus. I do not have DK weight yarn in my stash, what a surprise, but I do have medium weight #4 yarn, can I use that?

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      Sure, go ahead!

    • Lesley on March 18, 2020 at 5:37 pm

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    Thank you Carlos and Arne (and Freya) – what a lovely surprise awaits us everyday with your charming patterns. It is very much appreciated. I live in a part of Canada that has frozen ground until the end of May – so seeing some lovely knitted during this long wait to gardening season, is helping immensely.

    • janet on March 18, 2020 at 6:03 pm

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    Lovely to see your little dog fraya. I have my cats to keep me company

    • Kathy on March 18, 2020 at 6:37 pm

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    You guys are so entertaining and cheerful. I would have been worried about the hot flashes too. 😁

    • Velma Diane McDonnell on March 18, 2020 at 6:51 pm

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    I’m a day behind on this, but really enjoying the project. Thanks for thinking of this and creating the patterns. I love colorwork, but haven’t mastered the ability to not have to stop and unwind my yarn. I will search your blog and YouTube.

    Wishing you a splendid day!

    Diane

    • Jean brown on March 18, 2020 at 7:33 pm

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    I’m from Seattle and self quarantined. This is a wonderful giving project. Thanks for keeping me company. Stay well

    • Kathie Dumont on March 18, 2020 at 7:41 pm

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    Hello again. I’m Kathie Dumont and was on the may 2019 coastal cruise. I loved meeting and spending time with you both. I’m loving this mystery knit along. I’d never done color work flat before and today’s demo and explanation solved many problems for me. I guess I’m a visual learner. Thanks for all your kindnesses. Love, Kathie

    • Pamela Ruege on March 18, 2020 at 7:49 pm

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    Hi, well I had to rip out my first day since I am a new knitter and it was just awful and I was frustrated beyond belief but just kept trying to follow your simple directions and now I am almost done with the first one and it looks great, but I don’t know how to post it on facebook but I will try as I get the others done. Thank you for doing these little swatches so I don’t get overwhelmed trying to finish a new project. This is just perfect! I am trying to do therapeutic knitting for health reasons but am a beginner. I was so thrilled when your email came to my inbox to start this project!!!

    • Judith Townsend on March 18, 2020 at 7:54 pm

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    Such a wonderful idea thank you guys!

    • Sandi Michaels on March 18, 2020 at 8:11 pm

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    Hello Arne and Carlos – I finished My 1st colorwork – it may not be perfect, but this is an accomplishment for me and I am so happy and proud of myself. I will post it on facebook. My booboos are my artistic ideas. Thank you so much for doing this. I really love it. I am not a fast knitter, but I will do this.

    • Lottie on March 18, 2020 at 8:45 pm

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    I can’t think of any two folks I would rather spend this weird time with🤗

    • Kate on March 18, 2020 at 10:17 pm

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    Another terrific episode. Please don’t be afraid of joking–it’s what will get us through. Do you know about the “cone of shame” they put on dogs to keep them from licking and infecting their paws? I think we all need that in order to not touch our faces! Toodles from Iowa where most of us are self-quarantining. Woof. Woof🤓/Users/katherinefischer/Desktop/Unknown.jpeg

    • Mai T Chang on March 18, 2020 at 10:57 pm

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    Thank you guys for the third square, which was so easy to do. I only wish that Arne could knit two different ones because I am a fast knitter and hate to wait for the slow people. But I am having fun too. And can’t wait to put this all together.

    • Martha on March 19, 2020 at 1:47 am

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    Oh! I love seeing and hearing your laughter!

    • Elise Tanner on March 19, 2020 at 1:53 am

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    Hi Arne and Carlos,
    I was on the Northbound Cruise with you both and thoroughly enjoyed your entertaining warm stories and lectures. The trip was extremely pleasurable and I encourage your readers to go on a future voyage!!!

    Am self quarantined as well in Virginia after spending quality time with such wonderful people in Norway and Denmark.

    My friend and I went onto Copenhagen after disembarking. Arne, thank you for your suggestions on what to do in Copenhagen; we walked about 7 1/2 miles each day. We saw so many different neighborhoods and ate like queens. We left before the closures and made it to the States without any issues.

    You’ll be jealous it will be 76 tomorrow and 78 on Friday; my plan is go out and do Spring cleanup in the garden.

    I am thrilled to join the KAL. Have introduced a knitting friend to your blog and KAL. You are helping her get through all of the alone time while schools are closed and activities are curtailed. Thank you for putting this together to keep us all connected and sane.

    Regards,
    Elise Tanner

    • carol on March 19, 2020 at 1:58 am

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    I did mine in cotton and it’s beautiful. I finished the first one.

    • MaryP on March 19, 2020 at 2:15 am

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    Enjoying your videos.

    • Ann-Christine on March 19, 2020 at 6:11 am

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    Thanks , I’m really looking forward to getting back into knitting while I’m in isolation.
    Thanks so much for providing this opportunity while the world is spinning in negativity. This is awesome. Tusen tak fra Calgary, Alberta.

    • Susan L ONeill on March 19, 2020 at 11:38 am

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    This is wonderful, thank you so much. I am up to date with the pieces and look forward to starting each one first thing in the morning when I have some quiet time. We are a family of 4 self quarantining. I’ve spread the word amongst my knitting friends so I hope they all join in. I’m even using stash from under the stairs. Win win situation. Good luck everyone and keep well x

    • Alma on March 19, 2020 at 11:44 am

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    Brilliant idea! Loving it !
    Quite excited about the mystery!
    Looking forward to future motifs for our little squares!

    • Judi Muscroft on March 19, 2020 at 4:01 pm

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    I just printed all 3 – now to my stash and my favourite chair! thanks to both of you for this.

    • Kathy Plummer on March 19, 2020 at 5:44 pm

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    Thank you so much for the black and white chart, this contrast is so much easier to see when knitting. I love the photographs to see your color choices. Thanks for doing this, it is the highlight of my day while being in quarantine and working from home in Oklahoma.

    • Mary on March 19, 2020 at 6:46 pm

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    Thanks for the help with printing the graph.

    • Sandi Michaels on March 19, 2020 at 7:18 pm

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    Hi guys – love both of your shirts. Ya’ll always look handsome. I have been printing out your patterns and have no problems. Thank you. I have been having trouble with uploading photos from phone to facebooks. I think I have it now. My 1st colorwork and I am loving it. I have no problem. Thank you for encouraging me to do this.

      • Constanze Hancock on March 19, 2020 at 8:29 pm

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      Help, I can not find the pattern for the Meconopsis.

    • Sharon on March 19, 2020 at 9:04 pm

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    I like your charts–that the colors correspond with the yarn colors. I just read them on my tablet monitor as I knit along. I can enlarge if I need to. The steam blocking also works great. I am planning to crochet them together for a wall hanging. I look forward to the new clue each day.
    Thanks so much.

    • Jeanne L. on March 19, 2020 at 9:22 pm

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    Oh NO! It is so much easier to follow pattern when you include the “click on” option below, so it can be printed out larger and more clearly — talking about day 4 — sunflower bomb– here. Still, this is so much fun. Just a delight to be doing these. Thanks so much!

    • Janelle on March 19, 2020 at 10:33 pm

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    Don’t worry about lighting, etc. These videos make me feel like I am sitting in your room drinking tea, knitting and chatting. I told you at the Los Altos CA classes that you are as personable on video as you are in person. I enjoy our visits during this time.

    • Constanze Hancock on March 20, 2020 at 12:28 am

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    Hi you guys. I am giving up. I don’t seem to be able to find the written pattern, nor can I figure out to size down the chart on one piece of paper.

    Thanks,
    Constanze from L A

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      We are very sad and sorry that you are giving up.

      But, the issues of downsizing the chart are now resolved as we have posted links to pdfs to all our charts here on the pattern page.

      As for the written pattern, it is in this post and is super short because the “pattern” is the chart. Anyway, just in case you decide not to give up after all here is the pattern:

      CO 29 sts = row 1.

      Knit the next 38 rows following this chart: (look at the chart)

      Bind off after row 39 purlwise.

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

    • Sue Elphick on March 20, 2020 at 6:13 am

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    Just a big big thankyou to you for hosting this knitalong for us eouls in isolation xxxxx

    Cant wait to see what theses are for …ive dond some guessing…. A cushion perhaps small blanket scarf ……???
    Sue

    • Gudrun on March 20, 2020 at 11:16 am

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    Thank you so much for the pdf version!!!!! I found the knitCompanion App yesterday and now I‘m very lucky 🤗. Many greetings from Germany.

    • Stella Hughes on March 20, 2020 at 11:29 am

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    Dear Arne and Carlos
    In your video ‘Daily Quarantine Knitting Podcast Episode 1’ (I’m catching up, so apologies for the delay) you showed a pair of wonderful knitted stockings, knitted in cream, 2ply with 2mm needles. The moment you showed them I sat bolt upright, and said out loud “that’s it, those are exactly what I am looking for”… you don’t happen to have a pattern for those beautiful stockings do you, a project like that would very certainly keep me going through the next few weeks?
    Stella

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      We are making our folk costumes and those stocking are paret of the traditional men’s Folk Costume from Gudbrandsdalen. We purchased the pattern, which belongs to Rauma yarns, so we can not share it with you. Please contact them directly and give them the information about our folk costume and they should be able to help you and sell you the pattern. Just google Rauma Ull to find their website.

    • Laurie Steuri on March 20, 2020 at 12:38 pm

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    Oh No! No new patterns until Monday 🥴
    Just kidding – Enjoy your weekend! I appreciate this quarantine KAL so much. Thank you!

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      Hi Laurie, Not sure where you heard this? We have an episode coming up today, it will be published at 6pm CET. Then we will take a break from the podcast until Monday, but a regular episode will be posted as always, on Sunday. So there IS a pattern coming today also!

    • Dora on March 20, 2020 at 1:38 pm

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    Beautiful work!

    • Carol on March 20, 2020 at 2:21 pm

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    Would love to hear and see more about your gift advent calendar. How can we do that?

    • Jeanne on March 20, 2020 at 2:49 pm

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    I would love to see how Arne holds the yarn when doing colorwork on the purl side. I’ve looked back at my Knit Stars workshop with you two, and the Norwegian purl section, but don’t see purling in colorwork.
    SO much appreciate all you are doing!!!

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      If you haven’t been watching our daily Quaratine Knitting Podcasts, we highly recommend you do, as we are showing those things there. You’ll find what you are looking for in episode 3.

      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCswHDKvVlidNa02Y_T0D1Zw/videos

        • Jeanne on March 20, 2020 at 7:31 pm

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        THANK YOU! Now getting caught up on podcasts. Perfect.
        So much fun.

    • Susan L ONeill on March 20, 2020 at 6:49 pm

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    I’m loving this, thanks so much for doing it. I’ve made 4 now and will be starting the 5th. I love the weekend break as it gives me time to get on with my other knitting and sewing. A friend of mine who is a vet has asked if we could make her face masks to be used in the surgery theatre. Not for Coronvirus!
    My squares are not square at all, more rectangular. I hope this doesn’t matter (too much) with the finished project you have in mind. It’s going to be interesting whatever.
    Kind regards
    Susan

    • Sandi Michaels on March 20, 2020 at 7:34 pm

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    Hi love your colorful shirts. Give Fraye a hug from me please. I love these podcast. I can watch your podcast everyday and not get enough. You are giving me the confidence to tackle a new task in knitting and widing my horizons. Thank you so much.

    • Kate on March 20, 2020 at 7:41 pm

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    Arne some advice to pass along from my classroom days. There I was yammering on to my college students about Shakespeare and I kept coughing. A doctor-friend of mine was sitting in on the class (for fun) and pulled me aside later saying, “Kate, don’t keep talking. It rattles your bronchia which will only make you cough more.” Let Carlos do all the talking and Arne, you can make faces at hime🤓. Love the love patch!

    • Rebecca Rosenthal on March 20, 2020 at 8:23 pm

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    OMG!!! LOVE this pattern!!! Thankyou so much for all you are doing . Arne please take care.. That cough is worrisome. I’m 🙏 for you both and for all those battling the virus.
    Love and gratitude to all!

    • Wendy on March 20, 2020 at 8:55 pm

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    The Love one is the best yet! Thank you, enjoying this so much. Pleeease keep it going if you can while people are housebound.

    • Kirsty on March 20, 2020 at 9:50 pm

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    Thanks for thinking of and doing this, never done a kal or really been a podcast watcher before but really enjoying both. Just finished day 5 and excited for what it might be, really hoping Carlos lets it slip soon! Thanks again and hope Arne’s cough gets better soon.

    • Carol on March 20, 2020 at 10:04 pm

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    Arne, you need to get zinc tablets from the pharmacy. It is good for the immune system and you’ll never get a cold.

    • Laura Sánchez on March 21, 2020 at 3:24 am

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    Beautiful designs. Marvelous work. But you two, you are exquisite persons. Thank you.

    • Renate Roth on March 21, 2020 at 3:26 am

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    Thank you for including my patch as an example! I was so excited about that! I am having a good time focusing on knitting and not worries.

    • Renate Roth on March 21, 2020 at 3:28 am

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    Thank you for including my patch as an example! I was so excited about that! I am having a good time focusing on knitting and not worries. The designs are just lovely and fun to knit.

    • Mimi M Routh on March 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

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    Hello from the south end of Lake Tahoe in California! I moved here to help with wildlife as a volunteer. We raised 4 orphaned bear cubs this year and in October they were sedated and woke up in their beautiful new bear house! Recently we got 3 more skinny yearling cubs. They are eating and playing. We had months of spring and just now a good snow. So it’s boots and shovels. I am 78 and feel about 44. I cleared the snow from the old Buick last night. Sunshine melted the rest, and today I went shopping for everything I might need. I did not try to buy ingredients for a recipe — just things I usually get. Well, no, a little more. Veggies to make bean soup. I live in a government subsidized apartment house. My apartment is cozy, but the corporation over my managers — well, they are all terrified! We can have no visitors. It has been crazy with so many new rules. The library is closed. I enjoyed getting out today. I went to 3 stores, spent about $250, and picked up lottery tickets. [There’s a story about a man praying to win the lottery And God answered! God said, “Buy a ticket!”] . . . On arriving home, I stripped down and took a lovely hot shower. I understand medical people are doing that — just come in and get clean. I knit to audio books. I sew and make seed bead jewelry. The current knitting is a top-down round yoke pullover in cotton/merino in a series of blending colors. The body and sleeves are minty aqua and lavender 7-row stripes, alternating. Can you see me? A neighbor mentioned working jigsaw puzzles. I would listen to a favorite audio book — or favorite music — while doing the puzzle. I like smart men! So glad I found you-all. XO, Mimi

    • Jacqui Thurgood on March 21, 2020 at 7:58 am

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    Thank you Arne & Carlos for your wonderful Quarantine knitting episodes. My partner and I are in self imposed isolation in Roleystone Western Australia. Yourr faces have brightened my day in this worrying time. I am not actually knitting along as I am such a beginner, I am hoping you have some good teaching videos for the kind of knitting you do. I also am making chicken broth, delicious slow cooked broth, this I know how to do. Thanks again for your episodes, I am enjoying discovering you guys immensely. All the best Stay well regards Jacqui Thurgood

    • Heidrun Kipp on March 21, 2020 at 10:43 am

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    Hello,Arne & Carlos,
    Thank you for the beautyful patterns.They are very lovely.I live with my husband and my son in Germany.and we can’t
    see our other children with their familys,it is very difficult.

    • Kate Shaheen on March 21, 2020 at 3:04 pm

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    Hi Arne and Carlos

    Thank you so much for your time and wonderful patterns. Love the shirts! Keep your spirits up. You are treasures and the our knitting community is so fortunate to have you in our world. I see you have Ittala mugs, my favourite dish pattern. We need beautiful art in these times. Keep Freya in the show and I hope her companionship comforts you both

    • Patty on March 21, 2020 at 3:58 pm

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    I have too many UFOs but your LOVE is irresistible!
    Take care of yourselves and keep sharing – you’re doing us a world of good.

    • Patricia D. on March 21, 2020 at 4:47 pm

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    I just wanted to thank you both for the quarantine podcasts and KAL. I am a knitter in the state of Colorado,USA and 74 yrs. old so my husband and I are staying isolated as much as possible. Your friendly faces and kind words have really been a bright spot to my day. Thank you again so much for making the effort to share your experiences with all of us.

    • Harriet S on March 21, 2020 at 8:09 pm

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    Hi Arne and Carlos,
    Thanks so much for doing your quarantine episodes for us. I have enjoyed them greatly and they make me feel better. Arne, please call and find out about your cough if you haven’t already. It is worrisome so please get checked out. Thank you so much for caring about the knitting community and please take care of yourselves too ❤️

    • Laura Hickman on March 21, 2020 at 8:34 pm

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    I love colorwork, so thank you both! I struggled with the written instructions about keeping the edges neat, but after the youTube tutorial it was much clearer, so I re-wrote it.

    Here is my suggestions on the rows with both colors:
    On the Knit rows: First stitch – knit with one color, on the last stitch, knit with both colors.
    On the Purl rows: First stitch – knit with both colors, on the last stitch, purl with both colors.

    Hope this helps others!

    • Joanne P on March 21, 2020 at 8:42 pm

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    Thank you, so very much for all of your hard work! It is making all of this a bit easier. 🙂

    • Luli on March 21, 2020 at 9:39 pm

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    Hello,hello, what a joy to have met you on the web. Thanks to you I started knitting again and I really enjoy myself. I have a lot of fun watching your videos even if, because I am a French girl, I don’t always understand everything you say ! It doesn’t matter, the feeling is there ha ha ha! Thank you for letting us take advantage of your talent and your imagination, your humor and your generosity. Take care of both of you and keep safe 😊

    • Betsy Stewart on March 21, 2020 at 10:04 pm

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    I didn’t understand the problems people were having until I started it myself.

    • Bart Sexton on March 21, 2020 at 11:41 pm

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    Thank you guys for doing this . I’m still working thank the Lord so I’ve not had chance to start mine yet but I’m printing out each chart so I can . Love watching you to and the work y’all do is stunning.HOPE and Pray you two will be fine and not have this virus. I was concerned this morning as Arne was doing all that coughing , hope he was playing . Lol but I was to this pollen is tearing be up. Take care and at least you have each other for company so many don’t have that . Wish you to the best . From North Carolina, Good ole USA.. PS. Your home is beautiful wish I was in the mountains that’s one place right now that don’t have any cases here in N.C. . We have 2 that I know of in Wayne county.

    • Gloria F on March 22, 2020 at 12:59 am

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    I look forward to your daily podcasts, even though I’m not in quarantine, because your attitude is so positive and uplifting. I’ve completed all five blocks and anxiously await the next chapter in this KAL. Thanks for sharing your talents during this most unusual time in our history.

    • Gladys Love on March 22, 2020 at 1:04 am

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    A question. I have loads of leftover yarn in fingering weight. Would it be ok to knit this KAL with that weight?

      • Sharon on March 22, 2020 at 1:58 am

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      Just use 2 strands of fingering held together. I’m using fingering weight for mine.

    • Lis Smith on March 22, 2020 at 6:10 am

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    This was and still is, a welcome motivator in these strange days. I spent my 60th birthday (16th March) is self isolation and it could have been the worst birthday ever…..but my friend Sarah, told me about this and I abandoned all other knitting for this. I get a bit behind but am up to date and ready for the next square! Thanks for getting me through this! Greetings from Baselland in Switzerland.

    • Mai T Chang on March 22, 2020 at 7:00 am

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    Arne & Carlos – I can’t wait to find out what we are all making and it’s killing me. Whatever it is I know it will be beautiful.

    • Ulrike on March 22, 2020 at 10:32 am

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    I loved the LOVE square! Could we have HOPE, LIFE too?

    • Izzie-knits on March 22, 2020 at 12:38 pm

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    Thank you very much for these beautiful designs, stay well and take care from Nova Scotia , Canada

    • Rita on March 22, 2020 at 2:11 pm

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    Enjoying the mystery knitting. Thanks. Knitting in Canada

    • jane griffith on March 22, 2020 at 2:58 pm

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    How thoughtful people are thank you for this I am off to rummage around for some wool. Lovely podcast just found this so off to make a start

    • Barbara Argabright on March 22, 2020 at 3:34 pm

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    Please put the knitting instructions for this fun project in a printable form. If it already is available, please guide me to it. Thank you!

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      All the charts are available in this post as printable pdf downloads. Just click under the links of each chart!

    • Gloria S on March 22, 2020 at 8:57 pm

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    If it hasn’t been suggested for those who are intimidated by color work… Use only one color of yarn then treat the chart’s background color as Knit stitches and the chart’s contrasting color and purl stitch.

    • Marina Rubidge on March 23, 2020 at 4:52 am

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    Well done you guys from South Africa….your enthusiasm and project is amazing!

    • Lynn Baruh on March 23, 2020 at 7:01 am

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    Your flowers and flower patterns just what we need at this time thank you

    • Petra Wielinga -Kempenaar on March 23, 2020 at 12:29 pm

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    Love for every buddy.

    i have paine my brother is not going to make it

    but Love and angels are in the sky. for all

    love for you guys alot take care of Arne Carlos .

      • Donna on March 23, 2020 at 9:25 pm

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      I’m so sorry. Hugs.

    • Sandra on March 23, 2020 at 1:11 pm

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    Arne, you could wear both of the finished socks together! The colors are different but the patterns are the same. What a fashion statement.

    Yesterday I made cheese crackers and they were delicious, if anyone would like the recipe google “Baking Chick” and search for “Whole Wheat Cheese Crackers” or i could add it here. It’s really nice to have this time to bake and cook!

    • Tracy on March 23, 2020 at 6:13 pm

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    These are wonderful! So fun to create with my stash…thank You both!

    • Carol on March 23, 2020 at 7:13 pm

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    Hiya! I am a complete beginner in color work, I noticed in the video where you were showing us how to purl that you purled both colors together, I think you said in video #1 to knit the last stitch with both colors. Did I just not understand? Does it matter if all my end of row stitches are knit? I usually crochet, knitting is something I can do but I am not very good at it, in fact, I stink at knitting. I have just started my first block and have about an inch done so frogging is still possible if I should start over. I am currently studying your purl and twist methods, my floats are too long but I didn’t know how long to make them, just that I should make them. I have a lot to learn and this is only the first block!!

    • Dineal Olsen on March 23, 2020 at 9:01 pm

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    Thank you for providing us with a project to work on while we stay at home. It is a great idea and so much fun. My first block didn’t turn out as nice as I had hoped, but I now have a reason to learn stranded knitting. Hello to everyone and stay safe. Dani….in the center of USA.

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    I’m loving this!!! Thank you so much!! I’m finishing up Friday’s square now and then will start on Monday’s. I would LOVE it if you’d keep the quarantine knitting podcast and squares going past the two week date. We’re going to be cut off from all of our friends and normal activities for longer than that, I fear. It would be so nice to continue to have this to look forward to. 🙂

    • Lupe Pedraza on March 23, 2020 at 11:43 pm

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    Thank you so much Arne and Carlos. I’m way behind on these squares but I’m going to make them. You both are the sweetest!
    Lupe, in Vancouver Canada

    • Lynn Sessler on March 24, 2020 at 1:02 am

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    Hello from Oz!

    Arne and Carlos, are you able to show us a photo of a visiting moose sometime? We would love to see it!!

    Thanks.

    Kind regards, Lynn

    • Zoed Vega on March 24, 2020 at 5:58 pm

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    I love color!!! So happy you guys are doing this type of Mystery KAL. I am behind.. but decided to start the LOVE one.

    • Sue on March 24, 2020 at 6:21 pm

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    Lovin your “quarantine” podcasts. I would absolutely be 1st in line to knit your sweater you were talking about in your 1st podcast. I’m newly retired and am crocheting a picture gram of my kids. Stay well and I will stay connected to your podcasts.
    Sincerely, sue stone USA

    • Marion on March 25, 2020 at 8:15 pm

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    Thank you. Love the knitting and the podcasts. You’re making me wish I was Norwegian ! 🙂

    • Maureen on March 25, 2020 at 9:50 pm

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    Thankyou so much for this beautiful knit along opportunity, so exciting to watch the next flower emerge from my stitches. I love your style 🙂 I do hope that when our world is well once again that you will visit BC, my loss that I missed you last year when you were so close in my neighboring town of Armstrong. Stay happy and healthy, big love !

    • Tricia Callaghan on March 26, 2020 at 12:28 pm

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    Hello Arne and Carlos from Stratford upon Avon the home of Shakespeare. I love your daily podcast and the patterns and also your positive attitude. You are now my new best friends and I hope you stay safe and well. Have a request from 2 of my grandsons to spend my isolation time knitting socks for them so that will be a refreshing change from the premature baby knits I’ve been doing. Look forward to my next viewing. Love across the miles.

    • Jenny Sturges on March 26, 2020 at 2:24 pm

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    Many thanks. What a lovely, generous gesture. I am enjoying the charts and podcasts. Keep safe. Jenny

    • Priscilla Laybolt on March 26, 2020 at 4:53 pm

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    Thank you so very much for these beautiful charts, your generosity is most appreciated.
    Pat, in Nova Scotia, Canada.

    • Peta on March 27, 2020 at 11:03 am

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    My son is at home because of Covid-19 &has just finished a school project about someone inspirational- he chose Arne & Carlos 🙂

    • Madeline Bloom on March 27, 2020 at 8:02 pm

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    LOVE YOU GUYS💕Sending love from Texas. Thank you for doing these so AWESOME!

    • Rana Bean on March 28, 2020 at 1:46 pm

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    Hello from Colorado, USA! I’m coming in late to the game and just watched the day 5 video yesterday. Thank you for this amazing project and for always inspiring me to learn new things. I wouldn’t be knitting today if I hadn’t come across your Christmas Balls book several years ago. They were so beautiful that I had to learn to knit. Arne your colorwork socks UFO is absolutely gorgeous. Any chance of a pattern or a recipe for it in the future? Thank you both for all you do in the knitting community!

    • Rebekah on March 28, 2020 at 7:13 pm

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    Thank you for doing these designs for us, they are a perfect way to while a way a little time. You are so thoughtful, stay safe both of you, you bring so much joy to so many of us. xx

    • Donna Greenleaf Venning on March 29, 2020 at 1:43 pm

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    Thank you for doing this…I have a stash of yarn and have lots of time to knit. I’m so glad that Knit Stars shared about you having this KAL. I’m organizing my yarns and going to begin this journey today, I’m a bit late, but I’m sure I can catch up. I’ve done some color work before so I’m debating about doing the square, or challenging myself to learn double knitting. Either way I’m up for learning something new during this time. Please stay safe and I wish you both well!

    • Ronni on March 30, 2020 at 4:07 am

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    Glad I found you both! This is my first KAL. Greetings from Southern California.

    • koko on March 30, 2020 at 7:17 am

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    Hi !
    Thank you for this patern !
    page 2 is not available now…

    • Sandra on March 30, 2020 at 3:18 pm

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    Hi
    I am about a week behind, but am enjoying the knitting. I have not used a grid pattern before. Just finished first 5 squares. Pressed them and don’t know if cloth was too wet but my squares seem very flat. Not like when they were first knitted. Bit disappointed after all the work. What is the method to pressing?

    • Julie Horner on April 1, 2020 at 12:34 pm

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    https://wipinsanity.blogspot.com/2017/12/double-knitting-when-you-dont-want-one.html
    Since I’m double knitting the chart, I’m going to try the Love square again to see if I can avoid a backwards Love on the reverse side. I found this post to possibly help with double knitting letters. If anyone knows a way to generate a chart online, please let me know. For now I will see what I can come up with on graph paper.

    • Mara Hogstad Olson on April 1, 2020 at 4:51 pm

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    Thank you, ARNE & CARLOS!
    Enjoying your videos!
    Be well and stay safe!

    • Elise OT on April 1, 2020 at 6:18 pm

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    I just found you and your kal! I’m not very good at keeping up with kals but since it’s April 1 I will take it as a sign to begin! I’m in Kansas, the middle of the US, and we’ve been on lockdown for 2 weeks. I’m retired and I’m staying home as much as possible! Thanks for the lovely patterns ❤️

    • Lois on April 4, 2020 at 6:54 pm

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    I love knitting your field birds they are a joy to knit I would love to send you photos of my flock. Some have flown away to family members but many are here. I even knitted a Roger Featherer bird
    Your book has given me hours of creative birding thank you

    • Elaine on April 4, 2020 at 6:58 pm

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    Hello Arne and Carlos,
    Thank you very much for these lovely patterns. I have just finished Hug Me Later and have it blocking.
    I have a question. You have suggested starting each row, whether a purl or a knit row, with a knit stitch.
    But you also state: 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.

    Do you mean that you KNIT the first stitch only with the main colour? If one purls the first stitch (on a purl row) that seems to contradict your suggestion of starting each row with a knit stitch.
    Thanks again,
    Elaine

    • Judith Bellamy on April 9, 2020 at 10:15 am

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    Simply Thank you ❤️

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