Latest Updates

10/2016 - Added three new nalbinding stithces (Tabs Turning Stitches and Other Nalbinding Stitches)

6/2016 - Added link to Hanna Martikainen's Master's Thesis (About Nalbinding / Magazines, Theses, and other)

7/2015 - Added 34 new nalbinding videos, and new stitch types.

4/2015 - Added links to Laura Hämäri's Master's Thesis, and Vajanto's and Lipkin's articles (Home / Links to other websites)

3/2015 - Added new stitch
FS 3+1, variant, "Nemi's Back Weave"

3/2015 - Added new stitch Finnish Stitch 2+1 plaited edge Räisälä

8/2014 - Updated pdf instructions, now in English ("For Newcomers")


In this website you can find nalbinding videos, and instructions on how to make nalbinding mittens.

"In the past years nalbinding has become a 'fashionable' hobby"

- Toini-Inkeri Kaukonen,
56 years ago (1960)


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Turning Stitches (TS)

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There are several different nalbinding stitches, and some of them have been known in many places, and thus may have several names. 

On this website I follow the grouping of stitches by Toini-Inkeri Kaukonen (1960), but I have also included some of the names which have been well-established abroad, ie outside Finland.

Here is an incomplete list of nalbinding stitches (link). 

The 1st number means how many loops there are around thumb
the 2nd how many loops are picked up onto the needle, from front to back
the 3rd how many loops are picked up, from back to front, needle tip towards 3 o'clock 
                 (except when "turn left"; then it is towards 9 o'clock)

Turning Stitch 1+1+turn (described in Stoltz's booklet)

Finnish Turning Stitch 2+2+turn, "Finnish Turning Stitch", Rautjärvi
Finnish Turning Stitch 2+2+turnplaited edge, connection "under X", Parikkala
Finnish Turning Stitch 2+2+turn, F1, plaited edge (Kaukonen's article)
Finnish Turning Stitch 2+2+turn, plaited edge, M1 (Variant L; Westman)
Finnish Turning Stitch 2+4+turn, F1 or F2, Metsäpirtti 2B 

Turning Stitch variant 2b, 2+turn right+2Joutseno
Turning Stitch variant 2, 2+turn left+2, Joutseno, Antrea
Turning Stitch variant 2, 2+turn left+3, Karbenning 
Turning Stitch variant 2, 1+turn left+1, Arboga 
NEW 10/16  Turning Stitch variant 2, 1+turn left+3, F2, Näshulta 
Turning Stitch variant 2, turn left+1 (my experiment)

Mordovian, under 4 + turn + through old turned st + under 2 + over 4
Mentioned in T-I Kaukonen's article (1960), there's a photo and a drawn diagram, but the connection stitch is not shown, and the written description is rather unclear.

In Stoltz's nalbinding booklet; the direction of turning is not specified:
Turning Stitch 1+turn (right or left?)
Turning Stitch 1+2+turn (right or left?) *)
Turning Stitch 1+3+turn (right or left?) **)
Turning Stitch 1+turn+2 (right or left?)
Turning Stitch 1+turn+3 (right or left?)

*) = if to left, this would actually be Russian Stitch 1+2+1 (Kitee Stitch)
**) = if to left, this would actually be Russian Stitch 1+3+1 (a nameless one)