Naalbinding – first attempts

Cracking the code to an old craft

Naalbinding - Oslo stitch 1

This week I really needed some time off from the computer and decided to try to get a hang of naalbinding (nålbindning) again. I have been shown how to do it twice (!) by two different friends, but I always managed to forget one crucial step to be able to do more than just long chains of yarn. I (once again) had forgotten how to tie it all together and just couldn’t figure out which loop was up next, until finding these two videos:

Finally I was able to see which loop you’re supposed to grab when starting to join the chain up to a spiral. He’s not working with the easiest stitch here, but his instructions are far better than most videos out there.

After seeing this I was also able to figure out a couple of other stitches I had in a book (Nadelbinden – Was ist denn das?: Geschichte und Technik einer fast vergessenen Handarbeit by Ulrike Claßen-Büttner – sorry, it’s in German I’ll see if I can find some other sources in English later).

Oslo Stitch Closeup

Close-up of the Oslo Stitch

My first attempts are anything but nice and even looking, but it’s always so rewarding to figure out how to do something you have wanted to know for ages. And this time, I won’t forget how it’s done!

Oslo Stitch Various Yarns

Working with various yarns

In this wrist warmer – made with Oslo Stitch, which is simpler than the one in the videos – I was using five different types of yarn of various thickness just to see how they behaved. Towards the end the work started to look a bit more even so there is hope that I might manage to master this craft in a while.

Wrist warmer from yarn rests

Wrist warmer made of various yarns

Easier with thick yarn

I found it easier to work with thicker wool yarns sewing the Oslo Stitch

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