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The Norwegian Knit and Purl Revisited

We decided to revisit our knitting and purling tutorials and let Carlos teach them this time around. Now, you have two different options for learning Norwegian knitting, and we hope that you will find both ways useful! We have put Arne’s and Carlos’ respective tutorials in one place, so you can access them immediately get right into learning and enjoying a new way of knitting!

Please note that the episodes where Carlos teaches the Norwegian knit and purl were pre-recorded in January 2020, before Covid-19.

Here are Carlos’ tutorials:

 

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And here are my tutorials:

 

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ARNE (& CARLOS)

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    • Jane on May 19, 2020 at 3:01 pm

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    Thanks, Carlos and Arne, for this new video! Your explanation about Norwegian Knitting is very clear to me except for one thing. How exactly do you “anchor the yarn”, please? You make it sound so easy! 🙂 You say, “just anchor the yarn”. But… my question is: “How?”

    Do you press the middle finger tightly against the index finger to hold the yarn in place?
    Do you grip the yarn inside the middle finger to hold it in place?
    Do you use the middle finger to press the yarn against the needle?

    It is very hard to see WHERE the yarn goes AFTER it goes over the index finger. That is the part I would really like to see up close, please.

    You two say you find it hard to understand why people are always asking about tension, but there has to be some way to hold the yarn tightly enough that it doesn’t flow too fast through the left hand. And that is the part that I don’t get.

    Thanks so much for anything you can do to help this (very slow, I guess!) learner!

    • Gabrielle Wicklow on May 19, 2020 at 4:17 pm

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    Thank you both so much. I really enjoyed watching how to knit and purl using your methods. It seems more relaxing to me. I will give it a try.
    Gabrielle from Camden, Maine

    • Patty-anne Lea on May 19, 2020 at 9:14 pm

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    I hope your health is improving. I, too, got the virus and it was awful. I am still recovering. I an still weak and sleep a lot. Take care of each other and stay well. We love you both and will still be here for you.

    • Debbie Tucker on May 20, 2020 at 12:53 am

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    Arne and Carlos you both are God sent to me..I kept praying if I could just learn to purl faster it wouldn’t take me so long in my projects…I was so giggly when I learn the purl your way..I can never thank you both enough for this…hugs to you both.

    • Karen Stevenson on May 20, 2020 at 3:58 am

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    Thanks for the videos. Do you keep your left index finger on the right needle when knitting? I have held my yarn as if crocheting but that leads to the left index finger lifting and I want to keep it down as you do. I’m practicing your way, but still have the yarn lengthening. My technique needs help. Thanks again.

    • Christine Donohoo on May 20, 2020 at 12:24 pm

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    I am listening to the audiobook of Lady in Waiting, read aloud by the author. Fascinating stories, and Anne Glenconner is an excellent narrator!

    • Jenny G on May 20, 2020 at 5:22 pm

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    Thank you both for showing your individual ways of doing this steps…I think both videos were excellent and having both to refer to was beneficial for the over-all method. I have been unsuccessful changing from the English style (throwing) to the Continental style (picking)…but now that I know there is a difference between Continental and Norwegian, I’m ready to give it another try! I do have a question, tho. What kind of needles is Carlos using? I’ve never seen any that have that bulb-tip and am interested in trying them as they may help me establish this style of knitting. My biggest problem is dropping the new stitch as I pull it through the loop. It would be nice to use these other needles until the Norwegian style becomes more natural. Thanks again!

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      Those are the Prym Ergonomics, they are great for purling the Norwegian way! https://www.prym.com/en/ergonomics

    • Melinda Van Fleet on May 20, 2020 at 6:06 pm

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    Do your knit and purl stitches have the same tension? When I do stockinette, the rows are not spaced evenly. Do you have any advice?

    • Diane Berge on May 29, 2020 at 2:52 am

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    My New Year’s Resolution was to learn to knit Continental style and I have accomplished my goal thanks to your videos. I had no problem with the knit stitch but I just couldn’t figure out the purl until I watched your video. Now I am doing both and I have to say that I love knitting now even more than before. I used to dislike purling but now I enjoy it as much, if not more, than the knit stitch. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I enjoy watching both of you so very much. And Carlos, I hope you are feeling better every day.

    • Joy B Bussue on June 1, 2020 at 8:07 pm

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    Thank you for showing the Norwegian purl, You made it so easy and now I am hooked. Thank you very much. I love watching you guys.

    • Joyce Dollar on July 27, 2020 at 1:34 pm

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    I have been doing this style 4 days now after finding your tutorials. I have not had any tension issues. I have really picked up my knitting speed and have not had any hand fatigue. Thank you so much for this information. I have watched a few other videos about this style and most use their finger in the air and wrap yarns. I love the pull emergency cord Carlos. That made sense and is working. Looking forward to your new videos. Take care good and speedy recovery to you both.

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