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Nalbinding Stitches

Nalbindning, nålbinding
Over the past several weeks, I have been studying how to do nalbinding and the various stitches. I found it all a bit confusing at first, but after a bit of study, I realized that most nalbinding stitches have similarities in their production.

To start, you have to begin with a chain or a circle, such as in crochet. There are many ways to make the beginning chain, using the variety of nalbinding stitches. I found that I was getting hung up on producing the chain correctly, and not progressing much farther than this. I then realized that the beginning chain is just that – a beginning, and decided to not worry how the beginning looked but to move on to work the following rows.
Once you do this, the never ending loops start to make a bit of sense, and you can then see how they are formed.
The first 5-10 stitches in nalbinding never look quite right, as all of the loops that are needed, haven’t been made yet. So continue on and keep working. Eventually it starts to look better, and you can unpick the first few offending loops when the rest of the project has been completed.
Once you have formed a beginning chain, it becomes quite straight forward to continue with the stitching.

 

Nalbinding Start

Nalbinding Start

So – moving onto row 2 where you are picking up and adding new stitches…

There are 3 basic steps to forming any nalbinding stitch.
Most of the nalbinding stitches start with 1 loop on the thumb, and the new yarn is wrapped around the thumb.

Nalbinding Stitches

Nalbinding Stitches

Step 1
Tthe old row where you are picking up stitches from (as in crochet, but working from the left to the right.
The new yarn is wrapped around the thumb.
Working from the Right to the Left
Pick up the new loop from the previous row onto the needle.
Pick up an old loop from the previous row onto the needle.

Pick up Old and New Nalbinding Loops

Pick up Old and New Nalbinding Loops

Step 2
Pick up stitches from behind your thumb.

Nalbinding Loops

Nalbinding Loops Behind the Thumb

These will be the older loops that you have just formed from the previous stitch you created.
The number of stitches that you pick up in this step will vary depending on which nalbinding stitch you are making.
The direction that you pick up these stitches will also vary depending on which nalbinding stitch are are making.

Nalbinding Loops behind Thumb

Nalbinding Loops Picked up behind Thumb

Step 3
Pass the needle through the loops that are still on your thumb.
The number of stitches that are still on your thumb will vary depending on which nalbinding stitch you are making.

Nalbinding Stitches on Needle

Nalbinding Stitches on Needle

Step 4
Pull the needle through all of the stitches that you have picked up, and tighten your yarn.
At this stage, you can also adjust the tension of the stitch if you like.
If you use your thumb as the stitch size, this is ok, but all thumbs come in variety of sizes, so you will have some inconsistency in getting an even and uniform stitch size.
But you can tighten the tension of your stitch, by using the nalbinding needle as your tension guide.

Nalbinding Loops

Nalbinding Loops on Thumb

Form the new nalbinding loop on your thumb.

Nalbinding Loop on Needle

Nalbinding Loop on Needle

Drop the new loop onto the needle.

Tighten Nalbinding Loop

Tighten Nalbinding Loop

Give a bit of a tug to tighten the nalbinding loop, using the nalbinding needle as your guide to how tight the loop should be. It should be snug, yet loose enough to allow you to pull the yarn through. This will help to give you consistency in loop size, much as with knitting needles or crochet hooks, where you work your tension to the size of the needle.

Nalbinding Stitch Summary
There are many good videos on You Tube on how to make the various stitches. I will not be reinventing the wheel, but am providing some links to these.

York Stitch

This stitch starts with one loop on the thumb and the new yarn wrapped around the thumb.
Step 1 Pick up 1 new and 1 old stitch from previous row.
Step 2 Pick up 1 loop from behind the thumb, from the back of the stitch,
so no twist is added.
Step 3 1 Loop is on the thumb.
Pick up the 1 loop that is on the thumb and the new yarn that is wrapped around your thumb.
Pass the needle through all of the loops.
If you wish to tighten the stitch, drop the loop that is on your thumb onto the needle and tighten, before passing the needle through all of the loops on the needle.
York Stitch on You Tube

Oslo Finnish 1+1
This stitch starts with one loop on the thumb and the new yarn wrapped around the thumb.
Step 1 – Pick up 1 new and 1 old stitch from previous row.
Step 2 – Pick up 1 stitch from behind thumb, from the front to the back, and turn your needle so that it point down towards your thumb. This creates a twist in the stitch.
Step 3 – Pick up the 1 loop that is on your thumb and under the new yarn that is on your thumb.
Pull the needle through all of the stitches.
If you wish to tighten the stitch, drop the loop that is on your thumb onto the needle and tighten, before passing the needle through all of the loops on the needle.
Oslo Stitch on You Tube

Mammen (Korgen) Finnish 1+2
Step 1 – Pick up 1 new and 1 old stitch from previous row.
Step 2 – Pick up 2 stitches from behind the thumb, from the front to the back of the stitch. Turn your needle so that it point down towards your thumb. This creates a twist in the stitch.
Step 3 – Pick up 1 loop from the thumb and under the new yarn that is over your thumb.
Pull the needle through all of the stitches.
If you wish to tighten the stitch, drop the loop that is on your thumb onto the needle and tighten, before passing the needle through all of the loops on the needle.
Mammen Stitch on You Tube

Finnish Stitch 2+2
This stitch starts with 2 loops on the thumb and the new yarn wrapped around the thumb.
Step 1 – Pick up 1 new and 1 old stitch from previous row.
Step 2 – Pick up 2 stitches from behind the thumb, from the front to the back of the stitch. Turn your needle so that it points down towards your thumb. This creates a twist in the stitch.
Step 3 – Pick up the 2 loops that are on your thumb, and under the new yarn that is over your thumb.
Pull the needle through all of the stitches.
To start the next stitch, you will need to transfer the most recent old stitch that was formed back onto your thumb, before you pick up the new and old stitches, so that you are starting with 2 stitches on the thumb.
Finnish 2+2 on You Tube

Nalbinding Books
Nalbinding – What in the World Is That?
Nålbindning – The easiest clearest ever guide!
Nålebinding (Danish Edition)

 

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This page last edited on January 13, 2017

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