1. Mittens in Nalbinding (Norrtälje technique)
These are my first mittens in nalbinding. I am taking classes for Eva Anderson, fantastic teacher with ages of experience and knowledge. She is also the author of Nålbindning - Historiskt och modernt i Stockholms Län.
I used a 3-ply yarn, 100 % wool which responded well to the fulling process, and a copper needle. The stitch is one of the most common ones in Sweden and is called Norrtäljetekniken and comes from Roslagen/Uppland in Sweden. Since this is where I live I really appreciated learning it.
It was amazing to experience the changes of the material during the fulling process - turning from a rather loose material to a thick and more sturdy product. It is easy to see why mittens like these always have been valued for their comfort and warmth.
2. Socks in Nalbinding (Norrtälje technique)
Next step in learning nalbinding was making socks. Interesting experience since the “layout” of the construction differs a lot from knitting.
I knew that I was going to full the socks so I made them much larger than when knitting.
Fulling took about 25-30 minutes per sock (quite a workout …)
As with the mittens, the finished result is a fantastic fabric - they will without doubt be very warm and comfortable. I used a total of 250 grams of yarn for these socks.
3. Hat in Nalbinding (Norrtälje technique)
This is my item finishing the classes in Nalbinding. I am now coming to terms with the “intuitive” way of working when nalbinding. I made this hat just by going along, adjusting as it progressed. I had decided to make a hat close to the form of the Toarp hat. I chose to make it larger every time I doubted the size, knowing that I could adjust the size during the fulling process.
I have been asked why I have fulled my gloves and socks so that the beautiful pattern that the nalbinding stitches make have become lost. The tradition in many parts of Sweden has been that items that are made to be warm and durable have been fulled, since that greatly enhances these characteristics. Mittens that were more of “show off” and made to be worn at mass and at weddings were not fulled, and often decorated in many ways.
At a later stage I will perhaps make such items also, but at the moment I am concentrating on warm and durable.
4. Hat in Nalbinding - Rådmansö
Very thick and warm!
I had to bind this hat with the yarn doubled, to get a thick enough result. I was surprised at how well the yarn responded to the fulling process.