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nålbinding starting loops tutorial – method 1

Nålbinding begins with starting loops, and this easy-to-follow tutorial illustrates one method for creating starting loops for a chain of nålbound stitches.

This method works well for stitches that require two starting loops, such as York, Oslo, Mammen, Broden, Dalarna, and others. For stitches requiring three starting loops, such as the Åsle and Finnish 2+2 or 2+3 stitches, simply wrap one extra loop around your finger at the beginning, to form three loops instead of two.

artful acorn | nålbinding starting loops method 1 | tutorial step 11. Wrap yarn clockwise around first two fingers of left hand to form two loops.

 

artful acorn | nålbinding starting loops method 1 | tutorial step 22. Pinch tops of loops with right index finger and thumb.

 

artful acorn | nålbinding starting loops method 1 | tutorial step 33. Transfer loops to left index finger and thumb.

 

artful acorn | nålbinding starting loops method 1 | tutorial step 44. Insert needle through loops from back to front; swivel needle left, down, and right; come back up through the loops again.

 

artful acorn | nålbinding starting loops method 1 | tutorial step 55. There should now be a figure 8 of yarn on the needle.

 

artful acorn | nålbinding starting loops method 1 | tutorial step 66. Place left thumb over figure 8, keeping working yarn behind needle.

 

artful acorn | nålbinding starting loops method 1 | tutorial step 77. Bring working yarn down into V-shape formed by thumb and needle, draping yarn across base of thumbnail.

 

artful acorn | nålbinding starting loops method 1 | tutorial step 88. While pinching figure 8 with left hand, use right hand to pull needle through.

 

artful acorn | nålbinding starting loops method 1 | tutorial step 99. Pull yarn down and right, to snug stitch across base of thumbnail. Ready to stitch!

 

Here is a printer friendly version of the steps. Please let me know if you found this tutorial helpful!
 

artful acorn | nålbinding starting loops tutorial | method 1

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