A spiffy knotwork headband post from one of the Facebook groups inspired me this week to start to learn how to do knotwork in nalbinding, beyond braids. I've always loved Celtic and Viking knotwork, thus I was dragged (not unwillingly) into another project. Thankfully this one went quickly!
It’s been wicked cold out (windchill -20°F/-28°C to -30°F/-34°C) this week, so a cowl was the perfect project.
|The cowl with the clasp undone.|
|I'm trying not to giggle as my son snaps the picture of me in this cowl indoors.|
To help my fellow nalbinders with knotwork of their own (since it took me a couple tries to be able to make them consistently), I took pictures of each step for making the little pretzel knots. (They're actually overhand knots - but they look so much like pretzels!) Hopefully this will also help me remember how to do the knots too.
How to Make Knotwork "Pretzels": (Or at least it's how I made them. There are probably several ways to make them.)
To start, I'll recommend making a pretzel\overhand knot and measuring it against a flat row of stitches, so you can get the width in stitches of your knots and how many stitches for each section.
Attach your work to row. Make a chain of stitches.
Turn your work over. Count over from your attached work half the width of your test pretzel knot.
Work with F2 connection (for strength of the join) back to last joined work.
Create another chain, same length as the last one.
Turn your work, then put your chain end (with the working yarn and needle) through the loop you created.
Now you have a pretzel/overhand knot.
Attach it to the previous row with the F2 connection for stitches that equal half the width of your pretzel knot.
There you have it. Go forth and make pretzel knots to your heart's content! (I had to do 3 rows of them before I wanted to do something different.)
Now I need to get back to my circle vest...