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