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Update on the “Hug Me Later” KAL.

We are back with three new blocks for our free “Hug Me Later” KAL as well as a short update: ⁠

Carlos is getting better and better every day. However, unfortunately, he is still suffering from the long term effects after getting Covid-19 in late March, and his recovery will take longer than first predicted. Therefore, we are putting all our plans to resume the Quarantine Knitting Podcasts on ice until the end of summer, and hopefully, we will be able to start again sometime in August. In the meantime, we will continue to publish videos on our YouTube channel every Sunday, since luckily, we managed to make a large number of recordings in January 2020, before the pandemic, and we still have many unpublished videos left in our queue.⁠

Block number 28 is in honour of “World Bee Day” which was earlier this week, on May 20th. We all know how important pollinators are for our ecosystem, and yet, bees are at risk of extinction due to human activities. We hope that more people will become aware of this and do their bit to help protect these species, which are vital to our lives.

For other fun patterns, click here.



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

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

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

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


CO 29 sts = row 1.

Knit the next 38 rows following the daily charts below.

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

Bind off after row 39 purlwise.

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

Our best tip to keep the edges neat:

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

Click to download charts 1-27 as printable pdfs: ALL CHARTS

(This is a very large file, so please be patient and allow for it to download, it takes a few minutes or up to 15 minutes if your connection is slow)

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


Block 28. The Bee

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Block 29. Three Tulips

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Block 30. Two Birds

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Download these three charts as printable pdfs here: Charts 28, 29, 30

For other fun patterns, click here.





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    • Ingrid ter Beek on May 24, 2020 at 4:15 pm


    Great to hear that Carlos is feeling better, but it is sad that it will take a long time to fully recover.
    Thank you again for the nice patterns for the cushion or blanket.

    Take care.

    • Alice on May 24, 2020 at 4:34 pm


    So sorry you are still not up to yourself. Miss you both. Feel well. Be safe

    • Judith Chambers-Randell on May 24, 2020 at 5:10 pm


    Thank you for everything you have given us. I am unable to knit yet still find your posts really interesting and the quarantine series was fabulous. When you are better we will all be here. Take time, treat yourself with the love you have saved with us and focus on the gift of recovering your health.

    • Jadranka Carmichael on May 24, 2020 at 6:15 pm


    Best wishes to Carlos for a speedy full recovery. I miss you both. Thank you for your patterns and above all thank you for bringing people together through knitting. Just one question: any chance of getting a cherry (or two cherries) pattern? Best wishes from England. Jadranka xx

    • Sarah on May 24, 2020 at 6:59 pm


    Best wishes from nederland.
    Stay safe and strong.
    Remerber you are not alone😘😘
    Still would like to know if its possible to pay with ideal???
    Would love some of your patterns.

    1. Reply

      We could do PayPal. Please contact us through our website and will figure it out.

    • Donna on May 24, 2020 at 8:14 pm


    Carlos, please take the time you need to completely recover. Thanks to both Arne and Carlos for giving us these very special patches. I’ve purchased 2 of your books and will begin knitting Christmas balls, while waiting for the KAL to resume. Thank you.

    • Sue on May 24, 2020 at 9:19 pm


    Get really well and strong Carlos eat lots of lovely hesling food – porridge gate is fine xxx
    Thanks for the Quarantine Face book communuty

    • Maggierose on May 24, 2020 at 10:44 pm


    Thank you so much for these wonderful charts. They have been a life saving project during the cocooning time. I anm sorry you are finding it difficult and slow to recover. You have gifted us with these beautiful charts. I wish u a speedy recovery. God Bless.

    • Stacey Marguriete Pulk on May 25, 2020 at 12:03 am


    Speedy recovery Carlos. I always enjoy reading your posts. Have several of your books. Rest and know we are all here when you recover.
    Stacey from Maryland,USA

    • Tanja Minter-Stoye on May 25, 2020 at 12:10 am


    Thank you both for these lovely new blocks.
    I wish you both all the best for the summer. I hope Carlos is feeling better soon.
    I am sure you can both enjoy some rest in your lovely house and garden.
    Thankyou for the great idea of the quarantine knitting group on Facebook. It is a lovely community of brilliant and talented people.
    All the best to you both from Tanja and Thorsten, Rellingen, Germany

    • Carol on May 25, 2020 at 12:14 am


    Thank you so much for your quarantine knitting podcasts. I have really enjoyed then and I know you encouraged many knitters in your ArneCarlos community. Carlos, I am sorry to hear about the continuing effects of Covid-19 and certainly wish you a complete recovery. Of course, you need to take care of yourself and I am looking forward to seeing you in the future having regained all the weight you lost!
    Carol from Camarillo, California, United States of America

    • Christine Donohoo on May 25, 2020 at 1:11 am


    So many lovely knitted birds have hatched while you’ve been convalescing, and they bring you hope & love on their knitted wings!

    • Kathy on May 25, 2020 at 3:42 am


    Carlos feel better soon. Arne miss seeing you too!

    • Tanya on May 25, 2020 at 4:10 am


    I hope that Carlos recovers more quickly once summer is here. I am enjoying the videos that you pre-recorded and loved your increase video. Much easier than some of them I’ve tried. 🙂 (smiley face)

    • Em on May 25, 2020 at 5:58 am


    Thank you for the three new treats! I know what I shall be doing this evening.
    This knitting group has meant the world to me during this period of isolation.
    Wishing you both a continued recovery to full health once again.
    In my thoughts abd prayers x

    • Verona H on May 25, 2020 at 8:44 am


    Thank you for the new patches, i am still knitting on with your patches.
    I wish you both all the best for the summer. And i hope Carlos is feeling better soon.

    Love from Nederland

    • Chari Fischer on May 25, 2020 at 1:46 pm


    You two take the time you need to care for each other and put your energy to getting back to 100%…however long it takes.

    • Jane on May 25, 2020 at 9:27 pm


    I seem to have lot the video blog that showed how you connected the swatches. Or are there written directions to this strategy? Or which video blog has this information? Thank you very much!

    • Sheri Nylund on May 26, 2020 at 2:27 am


    Thank you for the patterns! Best wishes for a speedy recovery💐

    • Diane on May 26, 2020 at 2:04 pm


    Yay! Thank you!

    • Rebecca McDonough on May 26, 2020 at 2:39 pm


    You will be missed, but we’ll be here when you’re back “real time”.

    Thank goodness Norway had the wisdom to quarantine early. Who knows how many more people would have been sickened, and how much sicker Carlos might have gotten had he not been made to shelter in place. As far as recovery, to quote Dorothy, there’s no place like home. Please know caring thoughts to both of you are coming your way from western Washington State.

    • BB on May 26, 2020 at 3:01 pm


    Arne and Carlos, you are loved! I will add you both to my special prayer list — Carlos for a full recovery, and Arne for ongoing strength as caregiver. I tell all my friends that whenever they’re down, they should just tune in to one of your videos. They are so therapeutic! Best wishes to you both from the countryside of upstate New York.

    • Eileen Hosey on May 26, 2020 at 3:13 pm


    Have a healthy and happy summer. Best wishes Carlos, fir a quick return to strength and happiness.

    Best wishes from Juneau Alaska
    Eileen Hisey❤️❤️

    • Eileen Hosey on May 26, 2020 at 3:14 pm


    Hosey, not Hisey😀😱

    • Barbara on May 26, 2020 at 5:20 pm


    Thank you for the pdf file with all 30 charts. I have one wish please, if possible, could you post s page or make a pdf file showing all of your completed blocks of the 30 ‘Hug Me Later’ KAL. Please. I find it easier to come up with a color combination when I see what the designer had in mind.

    Thank you ever so much!
    Very happy to know Arne and Carlos are doing well in this pandemic.

    • Diane on May 26, 2020 at 6:53 pm


    After having a chance to read your post I want to say how very sorry i am to read that the virus is having such lasting affects, Take time and recover.
    We have lots of bees, many different varities, we use no chemicals and have no neighbors. The bees currently are enjoying the field of dandelions that is my yard right now.
    Thank you so much for the new blocks!
    Best wishes for a quicker recovery and good health to you both.

    • Carmelita in Ontario on May 26, 2020 at 8:01 pm


    Take your time and get your strength back. Have a great yarn and garden filled summer. Thanks for the lovely patterns. I’m about to embark on your knitted net bag to give to my daughter. I may even make one for myself! Best wishes to both of you.

    • Maureen in BC on May 26, 2020 at 10:13 pm


    Thankyou dear beautiful Arne and Carlos, I am so loving creating a blanket from these squares you have so generously shared with the world of knitters. I as you garden, and the garden and nature designs speak right to my heart. These last three were such a surprise a sweet surprise. Very soon I will start joining the squares and hope that I can do the pattern justice. Also starting on your Primrose afghan, I am not a expert crochet girl but when I am done Primrose I certainly will be better at the craft. Stay well Arne and Carlos it is distressing to learn that your road to recovery has and is not been an easy one. Rest in your garden and let the happy pollinators hum you to sweet meditations of wellness and strength.

    • Leanne Robins on May 26, 2020 at 10:38 pm


    Thank you for your update and the extra blocks – I hope the summer brings restoration and health. I’ll continue with the blocks and also have just commenced the Freya cardigan with my new found love of colorwork knitting – thank you! Virtual hugs and pats to Freya xx

    • Cyn on May 26, 2020 at 11:00 pm


    Great to hear from you guys. I am still working on my rectangles. I am not binding off and knitting the patches into a long scarf. When I get it long enough I will start another long row and attach it to the previous long strip, I don’t know how long or wide it will be yet because I will put an edge around the whole thing. LOVE your podcast and hope you feel well soon. Take care and enjoy your garden and your summer.

    • chiripitiflautica2000 on May 26, 2020 at 11:09 pm


    Sooo glad to see you are back! I hope Carlos is recovering well and you are both getting plenty of rest and nourishment, enjoying some sunshine and getting a well deserved break. Still, it’s very nice to receive a piece of news from you guys, I missed your Hug Me Later KAL the last few weeks of lockdown, it was such fun to tune into your YouTube channel every day…. and how generous of you to have done that and make so many people happy. Blessings to you both.

    • chiripitiflautica2000 on May 26, 2020 at 11:34 pm


    Wish to add that whilst there were no new Hug Me Later KAL blocks I had much fun learning to knit mittens from your tutorials and purchased one of your beautiful mittens patterns on your Website which I am now knitting for the winter (haven’t perfected colour work on the cuff yet but I keep trying!) My very best wishes to Carlos for a full and speedy recovery. 😘😘

    • Sandra M on May 27, 2020 at 4:58 am


    So glad to hear that Carlos is feeling better every day. Please take care and take time to rest and fully recover. Miss seeing you and Arne. Thank you for everything that you both do. We’re here for you. You’re not alone! 💕
    Greetings from NY!

    • Benene Lane on May 28, 2020 at 4:32 pm


    If you have a juicer, raw juices are a speedy path to recovery. Like carrot apple, fresh greens like celery and spinach. They are the biggest bang for the buck, lol. Warmest wishes for a speedy recovery. 💕

    • Christine Donohoo on May 29, 2020 at 12:58 am


    I think the Two Birds design is my favorite one! Can you tell me any history of this design?

    • Susan on May 29, 2020 at 10:02 am


    I am confused~I thought the patterns were free on the blog pages – when I click on the “pattern is found HERE” links, it just takes me to the shop.
    …Is it just to follow along and write down the pattern information then
    I love watching the video tutorials. I want to knit all the time!

    I watched most of the vid of knitting the felted slippers – Part 1 – Now, where is part 2? Is it only accessible from the end of Part 1 video? I saw the intro panel, but cllicked on a different one. I went looking for felted slippers Part 2 and found nothing.

    Please help!

    • Vicki on May 29, 2020 at 12:39 pm


    Take care & both of you rest & recouperate. I have enjoyed your videos & patterns so much! ThAnks for taking the time to bring us all together & send some cheer into our lives! Many hugs…. Vicki

    • Annie Boulton on May 31, 2020 at 3:42 pm


    Hello Arne and Carlos. Great to hear from you. I am so happy that Carlos is recovering well. Miss your chats guys! Thank you for the fantastic new blocks. Take care and see you both soon xxx

    • Betty Wade on June 2, 2020 at 11:24 pm


    A positive thing happen to me during the pandemic. Surfing the internet I discovered “Arne & Carlos ”
    Thank you for being there. Hoping in a few months you both will be well rested.. Enjoy your garden
    Betty , Nova Scotia , Canada

    • Laurinda Otero on June 4, 2020 at 5:52 pm


    I am glad that Carlos is feeling better. Thank you for taking the time to share with us. Much appreciated

    • Michele on June 5, 2020 at 10:24 pm


    Thank you so much 🙂 We have bee hives so the bee is my new favorite. I appreciate all what you have done for the knitting community during this pandemic. I pray that Carlos continues to recover and that Arne continues to feel well.

    • Catharina de Graaf on June 6, 2020 at 5:47 pm


    Thank you so much for all the beautiful blocks you gave us to knit.
    I’m only knitting your patterns for my blanket.

    I’m sorry to say that I left the group but I will follow you both here on your blog.

    I hope you both are feeling well that Carlos is recovering well.

    With warm regards

    • Sara Hedberg on June 7, 2020 at 11:55 am


    So sad to hear that your covid ordeal is not yet fully a thing of the past, Carlos. I hope that the beautiful long days of this Norwegian summer, and Arne’s company and care are helping you heal and recover.
    And Arne, I hope you are taking some time for you in all of this and not letting the work and worry wear on you.
    During these difficult times, I often think of the amazing gardens we visited last summer on your tour of the Cotswolds, and enjoy looking at the pictures I took and books I purchased. It was such a wonderful, inspiring time. Still so grateful for that wonderful and fun time.
    Sending thoughts of patience, courage and recovery to you both, from north of Seattle.

    • Lena on June 7, 2020 at 2:47 pm


    I hear about a Black Lives Matter square bit can’t seem to find it?

    • Rodean C Philip on June 20, 2020 at 6:24 pm


    So glad to hear you two are progressing; Carlos with his health and Arne with his caretaking and beautiful new blocks. Have been wondering how you guys were doing and am grateful to hear. Thanks so much and take especially good care. With love from No California, Rodean

    • Shirley Pauls on June 26, 2020 at 6:07 pm


    Glad to hear Carl’s is getting better but I know from friends that have had it that the recovery is a long slow process. All my best thoughts for a “better every day” recovery.

    Thanks to your Pippi Long stockings comment. I’m trying a mystery shawl knit along with a local shop on size 4 needles, really small for me. I’ve always been afraid to try but since I’ve never tried it before I’m sure I can do it thanks to your encouragement!

    All the best wishes from Washington state in the USA!
    Stop by and visit next time you are in the Seattle area!!

    • Shirley on June 26, 2020 at 6:09 pm


    Somehow spell check here gets confused with Carlos. Sorry for not checking it closer😀

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