Naalbinding Supplies

Nalbinding yarns, needles, patterns and kits can now be purchased in my PaivatarYarn Etsy Shop:

Naalbinding Needles
Nalbinding needles can vary greatly in both size and style. Much like knitting needles, using the correct type of needle can make a difference in your finished work.
The size of the eye in the needle is important – a larger eye allows you to fit longer lengths of yarn into the eye. By accordion folding the yarn, you can use longer lengths. I often fold the yarn several times, so I am able to use lengths that are 5-10 meters in length. This speeds up the nalbinding considerably because I don’t have to join as many ends together, which can be time consuming.
The width or circumference of the needle can also make a difference. You can adjust the tension of the loops by tightening the loop around your thumb. If you have a large thumb then the loops will be looser. If you wish to make tight loops or are using a fine yarn, you can also adjust the tension by tightening the loop around the needle, similar to using different sizes of knitting needles.
Nalbinding needles can be long or short, and which one you use is personal preference – whatever length fits most comfortably in your hand.
There is a good selection of different nalbinding needles for sale:
Naalbinding Needles on Etsy
Wooden Nalbinding Needles
Bone Naalbinding Needles
Horn Nalbinding Needles.

Nalbinding Needles
Nalbinding Needles

Nalbinding Kits
Tonttu Nalbinding Hat Kit
The Naalbinding kit includes
Tonttu Hat Pattern
Revontuli Hand Dyed Merino wool yarn
Nalbinding Hat pattern worked in Mammen Stitch

Tonttu Naalbinding Hat Kit
Tonttu Naalbinding Hat Kit

Nalbinding Patterns
Instant download PDF patterns can also be found in my Etsy Shop.
Nalbinding Tonttu Hat Pattern.

Naalbinding Hat Pattern PDF
Naalbinding Hat Pattern PDF

Nalbinding Yarns

Nalbinding is an ancient textile technique that pre-dates knitting. Nalbinding knots are sewn using a large wooden or bone needle by forming interconnecting loops around your thumb.

I hand spin my naalbinding wool yarns in the opposite direction to conventional yarns. First the yarn is spun to the left, and then plied to the right, creating a Z twist yarn. I find this method of hand spinning creates a yarn that is better suited for nalbinding work.

Nalbinding (just like knitting or crochet) can be used to make mittens, hats, slippers, socks, jumpers, bags and other textile items.

Please look for my hand spun nalbinding yarns specially designed for naalbinding, needle knitting, nålbindning, neulakinnas, for sale in my PaivatarYarn Etsy Shop
or contact me if you would like to discuss a custom order.

Madder Root Nalbinding Yarn
Madder Root Nalbinding Yarn

Nalbinding Needles and Starter Sets

I am now able to offer nalbinding needles made of wood or of bone.
These are sold in a starter kit that has been hand stitched using Norwegian wool vadmal.Please visit my shop on Etsy at
The bone needles are approx 9 cm in length. The bone needles have a small eye so are best suited for fine yarns.
The wooden needles are approx 10 cm in length and have a larger eye. These nalbindning needles are better for use with thicker weight yarns such as Aran or Chunky wools.