After a slow start, I’ve finally got round to finishing my first attempt at nålebinding – by making a möbius strip (a mathematical object which is a surface with only one side and one edge). Here’s a step-by-step tutorial. I’m left-handed and so is this tutorial, but I hope my instructions are clear enough for right-handers too.
Nålebinding is a technique used to make a knitted structure. Instead of using two needles to create rows of loops, the loops are sewn with a threaded needle – creating true stitches. Unlike two-needle knitting, nålebinding does not unravel, and the yarn must be continually rejoined because the entire working length must be pulled through each stitch (it doesn’t work with a ball of yarn!). It is thought to be much older than two-needle knitting, possible originating in Egypt. These Egyptian socks in the Victoria & Albert Museum date to around 250 to 420 AD.
Möbius strip bracelet
- A few grams of yarn, any type
- A large blunt needle (a tapestry needle is ideal)
Cut a length of yarn about 1 metre long and thread the needle.
Make a loose knot with the yarn, leaving a short tail.
Insert the needle into the loop of the knot, and underneath the working yarn.
Pull the yarn through, until you have a loop about the same size as the first one.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have a row of about evenly sized loops about the circumference of your wrist.
Joining the loop
To make your mobius strip, put a single twist in the row of loops, then join the loop by sewing a single stitch into the very first loop and pulling the yarn through. Alternatively you can make a straight tube by leaving out the twist.
Rejoining the yarn