International Nalbinding in Public Day – Sept 1st

My original plans to participate in the International Nalbinding in Public Day* this year were waylaid by Hurricane Ida working its way North. As a substitute, I recorded the first in a series of tips videos that I have planned.

In this video I show the simple start I use for nalbinding. I use the base row for Mammen (and Korgen, Müsen etc.) as an example, but it can be used as the base start for a number of variants. I show how to tell which loops are which, how to hold the loops while forming a new stitch, and what movements keep the nalbinding loops in position.

I hope you find it helpful and that today finds you happy, healthy, and warm.

* Today was the sixth annual World Wide International Nalbinding in Public Day

Author: Anne Marie Decker

Nalbinding Researcher

4 thoughts on “International Nalbinding in Public Day – Sept 1st”

  1. There is an international Nalbinding in Public day? Darn! Well that’s going into my calendar! Thank you for the video. I can’t watch right now, but I plan to watch it later.

  2. Thanks! I found the part about pointing your needle upwards helpful.

    I’ve only been nalbinding for a little while. I’m not sure of a lot of thing as I’ve learned from a variety of sources. But l have made a wallet and a few other things!

    May I ask if you have ever made anything flat? I’ve heard conflicting things about it, and that it is not historically accurate.


    1. Hi CatKnitHat! When I want to make something flat, like a scarf, i personally prefer to nalbind a cylinder or möbius strip and then cut it as the compound variants of nalbinding don’t unravel when cut. It is possible to work back and forth. Some stitches do look different when worked back and forth versus in the round. Historically, we primarily find objects worked in the round. Large flat objects are more efficiently produced by other means such as weaving or felting. However, we do have evidence of nalbinding worked back and forth within otherwise in the round projects. For example, the wedge style heels of socks are worked back and forth.

      1. Oooh!! Ok. Thank you!

        I had seen videos on YouTube where someone did the Oslo stitch back and forth. Then I read that doing anything flat wasn’t historically accurate.

        I’m glad it is not completely out of the question. Like for sock heels.

        I want to do it properly, but I’m ok with maybe making things that maybe they didn’t make back then. Like dishcloths or a scarf.🙂

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