Nailbinding with Blanket Stitch Video

gloves Huge thanks to Anneka from the Freemen of Gwent for sharing this technique with me.

It’s a version of the predecessor to knitting called Nailbinding or Naalbinding which means binding with a needle in Danish. It uses short bits of yarn and a darning needle.

They had made fingerless gloves with this techique that looked a little like this image from Pinterest. Using a blanket stitch made a tighter loop than the one seen here though.

You work around your hand forming the glove so you start with a loop the diameter of your hand and blanket stitch around it, working down until you meet the thumb. Some increases around the base of the thumb would help here, it’s quite easy to do by working two blanket stitches in one space.

Anneka told me that she made the right hand glove on her right hand so she could get the increase pattern to balance. I’m not sure I’m up to sewing with my left hand yet though I’ll work on it.

No apologies for my messy house in the background of my video at all, if you don’t like it, look away!






Needlebinding / Nalbinding / Nailbinding – Viking Knitting resources.

Nålebinding (Danish: literally “binding with a needle” or “needle-binding”, also naalbinding, nålbinding or naalebinding) is a fabric creation technique predating both knitting and crochet. Also known in English as “knotless netting,” “knotless knitting,” [1] or “single needle knitting,” the technique is distinct from crochet in that it involves passing the full length of the working thread through each loop, unlike crochet where the work is formed only of loops, never involving the free end. It also differs from knitting in that lengths must be pieced together during the process of nålebinding, rather than a continuous strand of yarn that can easily be pulled out. Archaeological specimens of fabric made by nålebinding can be difficult to distinguish from knitted fabric.

What sparked my interest in Nailbinding (I’m not really sure how best to spell it) was this picture of a pair of weird socks. They are Egyptian and dated 300-500BC, around the time of Pythagoras when London was just a few huts. You can visit the socks at the V&A.


This is just a quick list of good resources I found about Nailbingding. I’ll add my own videos later.

Nailbinding around your thumb casting using 3 top loops and one around the thumb “three loops over thumb”


The Olso stitch – one loop at the top and one loop on the thumb


Another cast on method for the Oslo stitch

Fantastic Nallbinding channel on YouTube from this website which is worth looking at in Chrome so you can easily translate it


One beautiful dusky rose crocheted jacket is off to a new home.

This very gorgeous crocheted jacket has just been taken to the post office and will soon be making it’s way to a new owner.
It’s made from a very lovely wool mix yarn and has a slight shimmer.
I have 2 more of these in different colourways to be listed in the Folksy Shop but for the moment there is just one other – in very yummy retro colours.
Crochetd Jacket from Rag Baby

Free Crochet Butterfly Pattern

This pattern uses UK terminology. So what we call a treble crochet you call a double, and what we call a double crochet you call a single. Clearly this is because all Americans are insane.

You will need 2 colours (notice the correct spelling no matter what WordPress auto spelling correct thinks!) of yarn and a pipecleaner. Using DK yarn and a size 5 hook makes a butterfly about the same size as the palm of my hand. You could use thinner yarn and a smaller hook and get smaller butterflies, or larger to get bigger.

crochet butterfly

I used DK and a size 5 crochet hook

Using the first colour

1st Round:

Chain 4, slip stitch into first chain 4 times.

You should have a flower shape with 4 petals, the petals are the butterfly wings.

crochet butterfly round 1

2nd Round:


Chain 1, work into first 4 chain space, *1dc, 4 tr, 1dc.*
Repeat from * to * in the next 3 4 chain spaces.


Slipstitch into next stitch and break off yarn.


 crochet butterfly round 2


3rd Round: Join a new colour at the first dc of any wing. 2tr into each of the spaces between the next 5 tr, dc into next dc.


Repeat for the next wing


For the larger wings


dc into next dc, 2 tr into each tr twice, 2tr into next tr, chain 2 (to form point) 2 tr into same tr, 2 tr into next 2 tr, dc into next dc. Repeat for the next wing and finish off yarn by slipstitching into next stitch.


Crochet or sew in ends.



Halve the pipecleaner, sandwich the butterfly in the fold, twist together to seal and curl the ends to finish. You can put a peg or a hair grip in the back.

If you prefer the pattern as a printable PDF it’s here, enjoy! crochet_butterfly_from_ragbaby






Crocheting a Binary Tree

If you have forgotton, a binary tree is what you get if you branch off two times from each branch, then again, then again – think of a tree trunk that divides into 2 main parts, then each main part divides into 2, then each of those divides into 2 etc. You can also get tertiary trees where all the ends divide into three but for the moment I’m playing with binary trees.

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Anyway I was kept up all night wondering what happens if you crochet a binary tree.

Crocheted binary tree

I started off with a circle but discovered that if you keep adding 2 stitches to the stitch below you end up with a bigger circle.

So then I chained 5 and double crocheted twice into each stitch on the row below for 5 rows. This is what you get, it looks like coral to me!

crocheted binary treeI could have gone on but from the original 5 stitches I was now dealing with hundreds and you can see that it is just going to do the same thing only bigger.

It still makes a circle if you roll it up.

crocheted binary treeWatch this space for more adventures in maths and crochet!




Rag Baby Crochet Kits Review “exactly what I was looking for and the yarns are beautiful”

Earlier this year I went through my yarn stash, which was pretty impressive and took up a lot of space. With the stash I made up these scrummy learn to crochet kits. The colours are carefully chosen to either blend or clash tastefully and the instructions included teach you how to make granny squares or hexagons. There are even crochet hooks included, all you need is a pair of hands.

This is what one Rag Baby customer had to say:

“I just received the two crochet kits I ordered off you yesterday! I can’t wait to get started. It was exactly what I was looking for and the yarns are beautiful. I’m still shocked they got here so quickly! Thank you very much!”

This little beauty is in the post to a lucky new owner today and if you want to see the others I have for sale then check out

Rag Baby crochet kits

Pangolin Bracelets – with the Softest Dragon Scales

pangolin crocheted bracelet I met a Pangolin yesterday, he was a bit stuffed and in case in the museum but still he was the real thing. Not like these, no animals have been de scaled to make these crocheted bracelets. Inspired by the mighty Pangolin. Who could want more –

On Folksy right now –



Calling all Dragon Ladies – Pangolin Fingerless Gloves await you (and a free crochet pattern for extreme hookers)

pangolin fingerless gloves

Never let it be said that I leave any obession uncrocheted. You too can have scales, beautiful, multicoloured, soft undulating scales of woolyness all around your cold little wrists.

pangolin fingerless dragon scale gloves

On Folksy right now –


If you want to make your own, these were done on a number 6 hook with chunky wool. King Cole Riot.

This is not a pattern for beginners, it’s more of a rough guide.

Chain 18 and slipstitch together.

SC for 4 rows

Make foundation chain for scales (see the crochet section of the Rag Baby Youtube Channel for help with this)

Chain 4, Tr in same place. Miss 2 stitches 1Tr, miss 2 stitches 2Tr in same place….. until you have 4 sets of 2Tr, you may have to juggle the distance between Tr for the last few stitches.

Work 3 rows of Crocodile stitch then about 12 rows of sc. Finish with picot edging.

Short poncho shoulder warmers in delicious colours keep us pixies warm.

I’m not sure what you call these, any suggestions much appreciated. For the moment, let’s call it a neck warmer, though it’s more than that as it has a short poncho section that keeps your shoulders and your neck toasty warm.

It is crocheted and made by joining 6 flowers together to circle the neck. The crochet then circles round them creating a border at the bottom and a collar at the top.

The yarn used is dip dyed.

These can be worn with the collar up or down. The collar has a soft petal edging.
They are shown on a size 12 dress stand but will fit from size 8 to size 20 – it will just be bigger on smaller people.

The yarn is wool and acrylic mixed. It can be washed at 40 degrees.

The design is based on a free pattern from Ravelry and has been altered by me.