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