Yes, yes. I should be working on my circle vest to have it done before the end of February for the Green Camel Gathering fiber arts event. But I got distracted, you see.
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.|
Working on each of the little pretzel like knots was addictive and the work went quickly. Yarn details are on the project page. I suspect this will lead to more knotwork projects…
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 pretzeloverhand 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.