ARNE & CARLOS

ARNE & CARLOS






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About ARNE & CARLOS


To describe Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison as prolific is something of an understatement. The pair, who work together as ARNE & CARLOS, are one of Norway’s most famous exports, creating their own handknit designs, yarn line and even wine brand! They first came to knitters’ attentions with their smash hit book 50 Christmas Balls to Knit in 2008 and have since published many more books, produced patterns for Rowan sister company Schachenmayr and created the Pairfect™ sock yarn with Regia.



The duo, who live in a converted railway station north of Oslo, began their partnership by launching a high end fashion brand that was sold in exclusive stores around the world, and collaborated with the likes of Urban Outfitters and Japanese label Comme des Garcons.
But after the global financial crash of 2008, and the runaway success of their Christmas book, they decided to concentrate on handknit design instead. It wasn’t an obvious move, but they were happy to step away from the logistical headaches caused by commercial garment production. And their books continued to be best sellers, bolstered by a growing following of internet-savvy knitters who lapped up their YouTube videos.

 

Design partnerships are unusual in the handknit world, but Arne and Carlos have always worked as a team. The pair first met when Arne was teaching at the Oslo School of Design. Carlos had completed a degree in political science but was looking to do something creative, and was drawn back into the textile world by Arne. These days they let off creative steam by journaling in books they hand bind themselves, and this practice feeds directly into all their design work.

 

Carlos explains: “We work in these visual collages. It starts with a collection of images, anything from a floor tile, to maybe a modernist painting, and then it develops.”

 

Arne adds: “We normally have an idea of what we should do and we talk a little bit about it. Then I start to make the drawings either in Illustrator or in Photoshop.”

 

“We look at it together,” continues Carlos, “and talk a lot about what has potential, what doesn’t and then we make another selection. From there we start building it up, looking at colours and making the garments.”

 

Ten years after that first book, ARNE & CARLOS created their inaugural collection of designs for Rowan - a veritable feast of colourwork in their hallmark twist on Scandi style - along with patterns to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary. The designs were realised in Kidsilk Haze and Felted Tweed, among their favourite Rowan yarns.

 

As well as attracting a loyal following among knitters, ARNE & CARLOS have received numerous prestigious awards and in 2010 Norway’s Arts and Crafts Association – Norges Husflidslag – awarded them its highest medal of recognition for “revitalising and highlighting Norwegian arts and crafts in the Norwegian and international design scene”.

 

Away from all the accolades, it’s clear Arne and Carlos are completely immersed in their creative lives. The videos they record at their home in the mountains encompass knitting, crochet, food, Norwegian traditions, collaging, dolls houses, and whatever else is catching their magpie eyes at the time. And they are 100 per cent committed to their collaborative process. In fact, Arne insists it’s easier to design together than apart. “If you work alone it’s harder because no one will kill your darlings. You can look at something you’ve done and think everything is fantastic, because you don’t edit. When you’re two it refines it. So it’s a good way to work.”

 

Their road to success may have been a little unusual but one thing is certain - whatever comes next from ARNE & CARLOS, it’ll be worth watching. And their 40,000 YouTube subscribers agree.

Intermediate
Knitting

The combination of intarsia motifs and stripes makes this unisex cardigan a fabulously colourful option.

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Knitting

These Felted Tweed mittens will keep you hands colourfully cosy all Winter.

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Knitting

This fairisle cowl is the perfect compromise between Nordic patterns and classic design.

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Knitting

This v-neck sweater has an enlarged intarsia motif that wraps around the chest.

Easy
Knitting

This beanie hat is perfect for a Winter hike in the snow.

Easy
Knitting

This beautiful scarf is knitted in luxurious Kidsilk Haze and will keep you warm whatever the weather.

Intermediate
Knitting

This wonderful sweater saves all its drama for the sleeves.

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Knitting

The oversized intarsia design on this striking, Scandi-inspired sweater keeps it modern.

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Knitting

This fun unisex sweater, with it's reindeer motif, would make a wonderful gift at Christmastime.

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Knitting

This striking sweater uses Arne & Carlos's unique layered intarsia technique

Intermediate
Knitting

This round neck sweater uses a traditional Nordic motif on top of a striped background.

Easy
Knitting

This Nordic-inspired cushion has a large floral motif that works well in any home.

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