Naalbinding progress

Slowly mastering the old textile craft

Naalbinding - Wrist warmer made with Brodén stitch.

A few days ago I finished my first proper naalbinding garment ever – a wrist warmer in relatively thin undyed woll which I got myself on the Bad Wildbad medieval fair from one of the representatives of Das Goldene Vlies – a cooperative promoting local products from the Coburger Fuchsschaf.

Close-up of the Brodén stitch - Naalbinding

Close-up of the Brodén stitch

For this project I used Brodén stitch which is quite similar to the Olso stitch, but instead of picking up one loop behind the thumb you pick up three.

A short video of how it’s done can be found here:

There is one more similar stitch called the Mammen stitch where two loops are picked up behind the thumb:

The only thing changing between these stitches is the number of loops picked up behind the thumb, which makes it easy to learn all three of them. The reason why I chose the Brodén stitch for my work is that it becomes more dense than using the Oslo or the Mammen stitch. The thinner the yarn, the more loops you will want to pick up to not get a too loose result. I would suggest doing a small test piece if you feel insecure of which stitch you should use for your item/garment.

The thing I found the hardest when working on the wrist warmer was figuring out how much I should increase and decrease where the hand gets wider and more narrow again. It became a bit loose on the part after the thumb hole, but not too bad. Now I know I have to decrease it a bit more when I do the one for the left hand.
Inside of wrist warmer - Brodén stitch - Naalbinding

Inside of the wrist warmer – the fit is a bit too loose closer to the fingers.

But first I’m working on a beanie / hat in the same yarn as the wrist warmer – also using the Brodén stitch. I’m already halfway through the work so it should be finished later this week.
Naalbinding squirrel

Pillow squirrel is helping out with the work. 😉

A tip from my side is to find a good working position. When working on bigger pieces the working yarn tends to tangle up in the finished piece. To avoid this I figured out that it was smart to pull it over my knee and sit in the sofa. Comfortable + possible to watch a movie (with one eye), listen to music or sit talking while doing something productive. That’s how I like it. 🙂
Naalbinding on knee - good working position

Not so lazy slacking in the sofa

My challenge to become more creative in October has worked out great so far. I have also started sewing two simple small shoulder bags in red linen with embroideries on. One for me and one will be a gift. I just have to decide how elaborate I’ll make the embroideries. I’ve started with a unicursal hexagram on each. Then I’ll add some more ornaments.
Unicursal hexagram embroidery.

Start of the embroidery for the bags (the white dots are leftovers from the pattern paper).

There are more people reflecting upon over-consumption at the moment and what we can do about it. I recommend reading this article by James Clear on the Diderot-Effect – why we tend to start buying more and more after an initial purchase. His suggestions for what we can do to counter this are very good and I find he has a healthy view on how we should consume in general.

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2 Comments on Naalbinding progress

  1. What is a good stitch to start out with for a beginner 25 year old that loves fashion?
    Crochet, knitting, ?? Any creative suggestions? Something to so after work for relaxation.
    Thank you,

    • Hi Connie! To start with, Naalbinding is a technique that is quite different from crochet and knitting. It takes more time, but on the other hand it’s more robust and doesn’t risk getting ripped up if a thread breaks. I find it practical since the tool used (just the small needle) is easy to bring with you wherever you go. For a beginner I would definitely recommend the Oslo stitch. Here is a link to a good video which shows it slowly = easy to understand: That channel has a lot of good material.

      For learning crochet or knitting I guess a course at or similar would be the best choice for high quality material. But you can also find a lot of information free on Youtube.

      I will be producing some tutorials myself during this year, but it will take some time before it’s done. Best of luck with your attempts and I’m sure you will find it relaxing + you can do some fashion accessories of your own. 🙂 Start small with wrist warmers, bracelets or maybe a hat. Then when you get up the speed you can expand to larger projects.

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