Naalbinding, also called needle knitting, is a Scandinavian technique
for making a sturdy, elastic fabric. In regular knitting, each loop is
only connected to those directly above and below it, but in naalbinding
each loop is connected to at least one on either side as well.
Naalbinding is slower than knitting because the entire length of yarn must be pulled through each stitch, but it will not run. (Expert naalbinders can be as fast or faster than knitters, but I'm certainly slower!)
I scanned in one of a pair of mittens that I
made from handspun yarn using a relatively uncomplicated stitch.
Basic naalbinding technique
More naalbinding stitches
There are a few print resources
on naalbinding available.