Light and Lacy/Silver Project

I’ve been playing with a lace pattern for the Ravelry nalbinding group’s Light and Lacy challenge and my local fiber fair’s “Silver” craft along.  Third try is the best so far.

The base row is Oslo. Then in every other stitch I do button hole stitch. then a row of regular button hole stitch. All stitches are tightened around my needle. When I do another Oslo stitch row, I pick up one button hole stitch and do an Olso stitch, then I do one Oslo stitch unattached to the previous row.

I increased on the Oslo stitch row and the first button hole stitch row at the edges, which gave about a 60 degree triangle. I wanted about 90 degrees for a shawl, so maybe I should have increased every row and stopped thinking like a knitter! So this will be a pointy edged scarf, instead of a shawl.

The piece is curling A LOT and I have to untwist my yarn on my needle often. I think I’m going to have to block this. Though, most nalbound items, I don’t block.

Anyhoo – hopefully that’s enough info to play with or inspire you to try your own nalbinding lace!

Ravelry: Wrap up of the Autumn/Winter Challenge and Posting the new Spring/Summer Challenge

The Nalbinders on Ravelry Autumn-Winter Stitch Challenge 2016-2017 has come to a close with several terrific entries that used the York Stitch for an item’s construction. If you participated, feel free to snag the challenge reward graphic.

Autumn-Winter Stitch Challenge 2016-2017 reward graphic - socks image by Karin Byom used with permission
Autumn-Winter Stitch Challenge 2016-2017 reward graphic – socks image by Karin Byom used with permission


Our Spring/Summer theme nalbinding challenge (light and airy) is now posted and I can’t wait to see what our creative group will come up with!  This one will be a departure from what people normally know of nalbinding.  The fabric usually created is dense and heavy. So it’s perfect to push the boundaries of our craft and show what’s possible! See the Ravelry post for details.

Will you join us for this challenge?

Playing with Color and Structure – Oslo Stitch

Instead of my regular TipTuesday post, I thought I’d share a
few ways I’ve been playing with 2 colors of yarn and stitch structure using the
Oslo stitch.

In knitting we can carry another color of yarn behind our
stitches and insert it as a different colored stitch. After completing a 2
color knitted hat with a friend of mine, I’ve been tinkering with what I can do with
nalbinding with 2 colors.  

I’ve played with several of the effects Sanna-Mari Pihlajapiha lists (2
color starts that give alternating stripes and spots/vertical stripes). And those are lovely effects. But here are a few more.

Center Spots

A very simple way to add a little color is to carry an
alternate color along in your work and just put that yarn over the loop behind
your thumb, then work the Oslo stitch just like you would normally (picking up
the alternate color with the loop behind the thumb).

The back of the work looks much like when carrying yarn for
a second color in knitting.

Alternating Stitch Colors/Candy Cane

Another very simple color effect can be achieved by using 2
strands of colors – alternating the colors every stitch. It helps to have a
needle for each color of yarn.

Here I chose to do white stitches into previous white
stitches, and blue stitches into previous row blue stitches. The result is a
candy cane effect.


I’ve been wanting to figure out how to make holes, kind of
like in filet crochet. And it turns out its super easy!

When you work a series of Oslo stitches (this my work with
other stitches), just do a stitch without picking up the loop behind the thumb. The resulting stitch will be a hole in your work.

When working over a hole stitch in the previous row – pick up
both loops. It helps to open up the hole.

When you work the skip/hole in a new row into a stitch with
a hole, it will have a stair step effect.

When you work a hole into the next stitch over, the holes
are vertically aligned (or at least closer than they were).

Well, I hope my playing with colors and structure will
inspire you to do the same!  I’d love to
see what you discover!

Tip Tuesday: Stitch Markers

Nalbinding Tip Tuesday – Stitch markers! A few types I’ve found that work well are yarn, bulb safety pins, and crochet locking markers. The last two kinds I like to put through the middle and top loops of a stitch, so the markers don’t stretch the loops they mark.

Tip Tuesday: Setting Down Your Work

Nalbinding TipTuesday Setting down your work: Take note of the direction the working yarn comes out of the stitches. (Some stitches will come out on the other side of the loops – such as plaited edge stitches.) Then you’ll easily know the front and the back of your work.