The Kitchener stitch is also known as grafting (kind of a weaving) and joins two sets of live stitches (still on needle) by using a tapestry needle threaded with yarn. It creates a row that looks like knit stitches between two rows of live stitches. Sounds a little imposing doesn't it? Really it's not. The big benefit is that it looks really great when it's done and makes for a nice, smooth join! So..a little aggravation in this instance is totally worth it!~
*For those of you who made the Wonderful Wallaby Sweater - the weaving of the underarms and the top of the hood was done using the Kitchener stitch*
I highly recommend practicing first on some scrap yarn and not learning it on something you've worked hard on! It's kind of easy to mess up. I also recommend that when you do the Kitchener DO NOTHING ELSE!
I can't chew gum & walk so that was a no brainer for me, but.... seriously! Turn off the TV, turn of the kids and just Kitchener!
... Sounds a little imposing doesn't it? I admit... I'm still intimidated by it, but I still do it! That's part of the fun I think?! Conquering the Kitchener AND of course finishing a project! Plus.. that bonus of making it look lovely when I'm done is just icing on the cupcake!
I can never remember just exactly how to Kitchener so I usually go HERE
This tutorial has a nice series of pictures that walk you through it.
|finished Jax sock!|
1st things first - get all of your live stitches divided up evenly onto 2 needles - leaving a long tail *my pattern said to leave a 15" long tail
Next thread your tail into your tapestry needle and get ready to Kitchener!
The first little part you only do once - it's the set up row. After that you follow the steps 1-4 over and over until you are all done!
I'm not going to put the directions here.... please go to the link HERE ~someone went through a whole lot of trouble to make the tutorial and I think we should use it!
So? Now what to do.............. maybe toe up, two at a time socks? Hmm? We'll see.............