Dale knitting kits

UPDATE 2018:  Whatever Dale items were left from my old Kidsknits.com site are available as sale items through my new website, MaryAnnStephens.com.  Kidsknits links will be rerouted to the new site automatically.  Here’s a direct link to my new site’s yarn clearance page.  I still have a huge library of Dale books and patterns which would be too time-consuming to list but I’d be happy to sell them – feel free to contact me through the new site with questions.



12 Responses to Dale knitting kits

  1. claire says:

    I’d love to find a man’s stranded vest to knit for my DH as reward for getting in shape…he’s already lost 50 lbs! Any suggestions? thanks!
    catmum on Ravelry

  2. Erika says:

    I just saw the Dale of Norway Peace sweater online. I was wondering if there was ever a pattern for that, I believe it came out in 2012. I would love to buy a pattern of that sweater and a kit so that I could knit it myself. Thanks!

    • twostrands says:

      Actually, Erika, I’ll bet you would rather NOT knit Dale of Norway’s “Peace” sweater. I’ll explain:
      Although the Peace sweater is knit in Heilo, it is not knit in the Heilo that hand knitters know and love. The Heilo we knit with is 4 ply; the Heilo used in the machine-knit Peace sweater is 2 ply. That means that, rather than the usual 40 or so stitches per square inch we find in hand knit Heilo sweaters (5.5×7 to 6×7), the Peace sweater has about 140 or so stitches per square inch. Vastly more lovely detail per square inch – hence, it’s appeal. However, it would also be vastly more work – nearly four times as much work as the typical Dale sweater of the same size. And that’s if you could find the right yarn! The finest sweater-worthy yarn – a fingering weight wool, such as Dale Baby Ull – only knits at about 8 stitches per inch, giving you about 70 stitches over one square inch – that’s only half the number of stitches you see per square inch that lovely Peace design.

  3. Erika says:

    Thanks for letting me know. Also, how do I print the information for patterns on ravelry or can I?

    • twostrands says:

      Well, that depends upon which patterns and which information you’re hoping for through Ravelry. From what you’ve asked, I’m not sure whether you’re asking about Dale patterns, my patterns or patterns in general on Ravelry, or merely Ravelry database info on patterns, so I’ll cover all the cases.

      There’s ton of info on thousands of pattern in Ravelry. Some patterns are free on Ravelry – you need only download the file, open the file and print the pattern as you’d print any other file. A few of my patterns are such free patterns that can be printed through Ravelry. But, you won’t find Dale patterns among such free Ravelry patterns. Some patterns can be purchased through Ravelry, then downloaded and printed in the same manner. Again, several of mine, none of Dale’s. But…while Dale of Norway does not offer patterns, free or for purchase, through Raverly, you can see a great deal of information, and thousands of knitters’ lovely results, from their projects on Ravelry. And, many of the out-of-print patterns for Dale projects that you’ll see on Ravelry can be had…eventually…for free, from me. Again, here’s how:

      Of course, there are plenty of current Dale patterns, and many of them are for sale through my Kidsknits.com store. But, if you’re looking for free Dale patterns…Look at my library on Ravelry and you’ll see I have a large collection of out-of-print Dale of Norway patterns. As the copyright holders, Dale of Norway allows Dale dealers, like me, to provide FREE copies of out-of-print patterns IF and ONLY IF the free pattern accompanies the corresponding Dale yarn purchase; their rule, not mine. So, if you look through Dale projects on Ravelry and find something that interests you, look at my library on Ravelry to find out whether I have the pattern in hand. (Or ask me – that works, too, but taking a peek on your own might be faster.) If it’s an old, out-of-print design, I can usually offer it to you for free, if you purchase the associated Dale yarn from me at the same time. If you decide you’re interested in getting a free-pattern-Dale-kit for a project, email me at: mas “AT” kidsknits “DOT” com or call my US toll-free store line, 877-631-3031, We can talk about size, yarn requirements for your size, currently available colors, etc. That way, you’ll get exactly what you want for your project – no more, no less.

  4. Anne Martea Rudland Larsen says:

    Dale of norway peace sweater Do you have a “kit” or the pattern?

    • twostrands says:

      I’m often asked if Dale has a hand knitting pattern for either the “Peace” or the “Harmony” sweater. For ages, Dale of Norway issued the hand knitting patterns for many of their ready-made sweaters. Both “Peace” and “Harmony” are made from 100% Norwegian wool, i.e., Dale’s “Heilo” yarn. So, many knitters wonder if these popular designs are available in hand knitting patterns. Sorry, no, and the reason is simple: The Heilo that hand knitters know and love has 4 plies that knit up to a gauge of 5.5 to 6 stitches per inch; the Heilo that Dale uses to machine knit the Peace and Harmony designs has only 2 plies that knit up to, not surprisingly, a gauge of about twice as many stitches per inch. Multiply that gauge disparity both horizontally and vertically and you’ll soon see that, for the amount of stitches involved in the fine-gauge, high resolution Peace and Harmony designs, you could knit four sweaters of the same size in normal hand knitting Heilo. Hand knitting Heilo is already on the lower end of the gauge array of hand knitting yarns. You’d need something finer than cobweb lace yarn to knit the Peace or Harmony designs, not to mention, a whoooooooole lot of time on your hands. Unfortunately, there’s really no market for such a fine-gauge project; hence, no pattern, either.

  5. Mary E Birenbaum says:

    Do you have a source for the woven trim used on cardigans? The one I had evidently went out of business.

    • twostrands says:

      As always, the most reliable source for anything is …you! Really! You can learn to make your own Norwegian woven bands / braids. Google “Norwegian Pickup Weaving”, or “Norwegian Band Weaving”, or “Norwegian Tablet Weaving”, look at the resulting Images tab and you’ll see what I mean. If you’re not inclined to make your own (definitely time-consuming!), in the search result images, you’ll see ready-made ones available for sale and, better yet, beautiful hand-made ones sold by the artists, sometimes through their own sites/pages, sometimes through etsy, etc.

  6. Betty says:

    I have been asked to knit a traditional Norwegian ski by a 25 y/o. Trying to figure out what he wants, so far have black and white with clasps as fasteners. Can’t find any patterns for him to look at locally. The Dale of Norway patterns seem to have disappeared, found a couple patterns but the colors were garish and I don’t think he could look past the color.
    Any suggestions of a couple books I could buy from you for him to choose from?
    My preference for yarn is not superwash wool fingering. I would like a touch of color, not sure is should be knitted in or sewn on wool braid. Push come to shove I could just alter a pattern I have but would rather put my effort into knitting, not drawing graphs.

    • twostrands says:

      Hi Betty! I do still have some Dale books with ski sweaters that are appropriate for guys in their 20’s – most any age, actually. For instance, Book 280 has a collection of Olympic ski sweaters from 1956 – 2010. http://kidsknits.com/store/book.html?bookId=96 At the moment, I have only two copies of that book left in stock. Some of the Book 280 designs have clasps. As for the colors, several of them use very traditional colorways. The big problem is the availability of the yarn. Since Dale stopped distributing their yarns in North America, I no longer have quantities large enough for men’s sweaters in the most traditional / ever popular black and white. And, even if I did, the vast majority of Dale’s men’s ski sweater designs are not in fingering weight yarn – they’re in sport weight yarn. There is a men’s fingering weight ski sweater in the Sochi 2014 Olympic book, http://kidsknits.com/store/book.html?bookId=97 and I still have several copies of that book left. But, the Dale fingering weight yarn used for ski sweaters is Daletta, which is superwash wool, which you said you didn’t want. Sorry I don’t have the makings of the perfect project for you, but maybe the images in those links will help the young man narrow down his choices. Best of luck to you in your search!

  7. Betty says:

    Thanks. I ordered both books plus another. Excited that you still had some books in stock. After decide on pattern will come back for yarn.
    FYI Ingebretsen’s in Minneapolis does carry 2 wool braids from Norway. Their website is woefully out of date, they list Dale patterns but are out of stock but if you call there are sweet little ladies working in the craft department.

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