Kitchener Stitch is a method used in knitting to seamlessly graft two pieces of fabric together. Most commonly it is used to close the toe of a cuff-down sock, but it can be applied to any number of garments including cowls, shawls, or sweaters.
But no matter how commonplace the technique is, many knitters still don't know how to do Kitchener Stitch. In fact, many will go out of their way to avoid it. If you're one of these knitters, there are Alternative Kitchener Methods, but we're here to tell you that there's nothing to be afraid of.
With a good set of instructions, a clear head, and a curious attitude, you can tackle this technique. Heck, you might even memorize it one day!
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HOW TO KITCHENER STITCH
Equally divide your live stitches onto two separate needles. Hold the two needles parallel to one another (with wrong sides of your work facing each other; right side of work facing) in your left hand with the needle tips pointing to the right. The piece with the working yarn "tail" should be at the back. Attach a darning needle to the working yarn tail.
You will work stitches from the Front Needle and a Back Needle.
Set up: Weave working yarn through the first stitch on Front Needle purlwise; leave the stitch on the needle . Then weave yarn through the first stitch on the back needle knitwise; leave the stitch on the needle.
Front Needle: Weave yarn through first stitch on Front Needle knitwise and remove stitch. Then, weave yarn through the next stitch (the new first stitch) on the Front Needle purlwise; leave the stitch on the needle.
Back Needle: Weave yarn through first stitch on the Back Needle purlwise and remove stitch from needle. Then, weave yarn through the next stitch (the new first stitch) on the Back Needle knitwise; leave the stitch on the needle.
Continue working instructions for Front and Back Needle until all stitches have been worked. Thread the working yarn through the last stitch, secure, and weave in end.
See the Kitchener Stitch in action:
Think you've got it down? Give our Sneak Peek Cowl a try!