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Nalbind Hat or Headband - Kit

It is possible to nalbind with a plied yarn and also with one that is thinner in gauge or darker. But I found that it was much easier to learn this technique using a bulky gauge, light colored, singles yarn. So that is what I decided to offer in this beginner's kit.

The "kit" includes a handmade wooden nalbind needle and 1 skein of Lamb's Pride Bulky, as well as access to a free and comprehensive "tutorial" on this ancient technique!

Nalbinding predated knitting. While I always associate it with the Vikingsbecause of my particular interests, this single needle technique was widely used in Egyptian times. And was commonly used even up thru the Middle Ages throughout Europe. I think the stitches are pretty (be sure to click on the hat to see a closeup of the stitch), but mostly, I love how "connected" I feel to the project. There is something about the way you work the stitches off your thumb (instead of another needle as in knitting), and the feel of these handmade wooden nalbinding needles (one can get them in horn and bone as well) in the hand is really pleasing. Something about the shape and/or size or way it is held makes it quite distinct from either knitting or crochet.

So, anyway, if you are interested in connecting with the past and learning something new, here is a kit that I offer. Access to the online tutorial will be live Thursday April 2nd - April 16th, (the link will be available on the homepage on April 2nd) but I wanted to make the kits available today so those who are interested in learning this while "sheltering in place" and want to get the kit ordered now to be ready to go.

In the tutorial, I've provided text, photos and videos to walk you thru every aspect of learning the basics from how to hold the needle and manage the yarn, how to adjust tension, working in the round, increasing and decreasing, splicing yarn together and offering a pattern for nalbinding a basic toque. Plus I added a bit of history, since I always think context is important!

Once you've made the hat, it is super simple to make a headband or cowl! You can stripe colors just as with knitting or crochet and you can mix the stitches too! Lots of options once you learn the basics.

Kit price: $27.99

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Supreme Purple


Blue Suede


reading top to bottom:

blue denim, charcoal heather, bronze patina


cream (or white frost), oatmeal, victorian pink


periwinkle frost (tonal shades),

periwinkle solid



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