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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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The Finnish Stitch Family (FSF)

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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 first number means how many loops there are around thumb, and
the second how many loops are picked up onto the needle.

Finnish Stitch 1+1, UO/UOO, Oslo
Finnish Stitch 1+1, B2, UO/UOO
Finnish Stitch 1+1, F1, plaited edge, UO/UOU, Björsbo *, Räisälä
Finnish Stitch 1+1, plaited edge, F1B1, UO/UOU, (my experiment) 
Finnish Stitch 1+1½, F1, UOo/uUOO, Valö

Finnish Stitch 1+2, F2, UOO/UUOO, Mammen
Finnish Stitch 1+2, B2 UOO/UUOO  
Finnish Stitch 1+2, plaited edge, UOO/UUOU, Rindal *
Finnish Stitch 1+2, M1, UOO/UUOO, Kaukola Kekomäki 
Finnish Stitch 1+2, M2 from left to right, UOO/UUOO, Müsen 
Finnish Stitch 1+2, M2 from right to left, UOO/UUOO, (my experiment) 
Finnish Stitch 1+2, M1+F1 (Variant G; Westman)
Finnish Stitch 1+2½, UOOo/uUUOO, Pyhäjoki
Finnish Stitch 1+2½, F1, plaited edge, UOOo/uUUOU, Stutby 

Finnish Stitch 1+3, F2, UOOO/UUUOO, Brodén
Finnish Stitch 1+3, M1, UOOO/UUUOO, Brottby
Finnish Stitch 1+3, M2 (from left to right)
Finnish Stitch 1+3, F1, UOOO/UUUOU, plaited edge, Alsike
Finnish Stitch 1+3, F1, variant, UOOO/UUUUO, Rådmansö
Finnish Stitch 1+3½, F1, UOOOo/uUUUOO, Sorunda 2

Finnish Stitch 1+4, F1, UOOOO/UUUUOO, Långaryd
Finnish Stitch 1+5, F1, UOOOOO/UUUUUOO, Bålsta

Finnish Stitch 2+1, F2, UUO/UOOO, Fåberg *
Finnish Stitch 2+1, F1, plaited edge, UUO/UOOU, Räisälä 
Finnish Stitch 2+2, UUOO/UUOOO, "Finnish Stitch", ie the most common in the FSF in Finland
Finnish Stitch 2+2, UUOO/UUOOU, plaited edge, connection "under X", Parikkala
Finnish Stitch 2+2, plaited edge, F1, UUOO/UUOOU F1
Finnish Stitch 2+2½, F1 or F2, UUOOo/uUUOOO, Kuolemajärvi **

Finnish Stitch 2+3, UUOOO/UUUOOO, another common stitch in the FSF in Finland
Finnish Stitch 2+3, mirror image, plaited edge, F1, OOUUU/OOOUUO, Metsäpirtti 1 **
Finnish Stitch 2+4, F1,UUOOOO/UUUUOOO, Östra Göinge
Finnish Stitch 2+5, F1 or F2, UUOOOOO/UUUUUOOO, Ruskeala **

Finnish Stitch 3+1 UUUO/UOOOO 
Finnish Stitch 3+1, F1, variant, UUUO/UUOUO, "Nemi's Back Weave"
Finnish Stitch 3+2, UUUOO/UUOOOO, Kannas; Tuukkala; Börstil 3
Finnish Stitch 3+3, F2, UUUOOO/UUUOOOO, Sortavala, Salsta (F1)
Finnish Stitch 3+3, F3, UUUOOO/UUUOOOO, Säkkijärvi **

Finnish Stitch 4+1 UUUUO/UOOOOO, (potential stitch variant)
Finnish Stitch 4+2, UUUUOO/UUOOOOO, Kannas
Finnish Stitch 4+3 UUUUOOO/UUUOOOOO, (potential stitch variant)
Finnish Stitch 4+4, F1 or F2, UUUUOOOO/UUUUOOOOO, Sääminki **

Finnish Stitch 5+2, F1 or F2, UUUUUOO/UUOOOOOO, Pyhäjoki 2 **

Nameless nalbinding stitches:
UO/UOU B1, plaited edge
OU/OUO F1, plaited edge

*) These are stitch names I have chosen from places mentioned in Westman's and Nordland's books.

**) These stitch names I have chosen from places mentioned in the Finnish national nalbinding survey materials in 1957.