The Kitchener Stitch

 

the kitchener stitch

Not as frightening as you may initially think. The Kitchener Stitch is all about setting up your stitches, then it's as simple as Knit, Purl, Purl, Knit. Take a look at the images below to see what I mean.

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This is Step 1 for setting up your stitches for Kitchener Stitch. First make sure you have an equal number of stitches on both Dpns or Circular needle (in this case, 10). Cut a longish tail of yarn and thread your trusty tapestry needle before moving forward, making sure the yarn is coming off the right-hand-side of your needles.

Now insert the tapestry needle purlwise (as if making a purl stitch), through the first stitch on the front needle and draw the yarn through, making sure to pull fairly snug to keep the stitches even.

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Step 2. Now insert the tapestry needle knitwise (as if to knit), UNDERNEATH your knitting needle and draw the yarn through.

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1. Now insert your tapestry needle knitwise through the first stitch on the front needle and slip it off the knitting needle, pulling snug. See below that there are now only 9 ststiches on the front needle.

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2. Insert the tapestry needle purlwise through the next stitch on the front needle and draw through, leaving the stitch on the needle (still 9 stitches).

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3. Insert the tapestry needle purlwise through the first stitch on the back needle, pulling the stitch off (now 9 stitches).

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4. Then insert tapestry needle knitwise into the next stitch on the back needle, leaving the stitch on the needle. Pull snug (still only 9 stitches).

Continue moving through points 1-4 as numbered above (knit, purl, purl, knit :) See?) until your work looks something like this...with 2 stitches remaining on your needles.

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For the last 2 stitches, insert the tapestry needle knitwise through front stitch...

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...and purlwise through the back stitch, drawing the yarn snug. Be sure to check that all stitches are snug and neat, then you can bind off, pull your working yarn inside your sock and weaving in the end.

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This is what the finished result looks like. Pretty awesome how you got there, right? :)

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Happy knitting. Please let me know what little tricks you are battling to solve in your everyday knitting life. It will be as much fun for me to solve as for you to learn! The Lyttelton Socks were used for this tutorial and can be found here as an absolutely free download. Get the pattern today and practise the Kitchener Stitch!

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