So, we have the fabulous Melissa to thank for today’s post because she had me thinking about something the entire time I was awake last night, when I awoke in the middle of the night and this morning when I got up. I was thinking about the new website, true, but that means I was thinking about what to post and the fact that Melissa is working on something, which I forget what’s she was working one because she’s doing Spud and Chloe but Chloe wasn’t being worked on. She was working on something else but she asked if we knew how to Kitchener Stitch. (Why, yes, I do.) But the book she had didn’t tell her how to do it. It just said to use it to make her seam.
That kind of sucks. I have run into that before where they say ‘use mattress stitch’ and assumes you know what that is and how to do it. Unless there is a huge disclaimer at the beginning of the book or the pattern that says: this is what we assume – that you know how to mattress stitch (or whatever) they should darn well give you instructions on how to do what they ask.
For those that do not know (see how I don’t assume?) Kitchener Stitch is a technique used to graft or seam live stitches together so it resemembles knitting as opposed to a seam. It is often used in knitting socks.
It starts out with stitches on two different needles and those are the ones that will be grafted. You hold the needles together, one behind the other, points to the right. You will need a long enough tail to graft all the stitches on your needle and the tail is threaded with a tapestry or yarn needle. The yarn needle will be inserted through the stitches knitwise or purlwise.
In any case, I tried to talk it out and being Kitchener Stitch, it’s not all that easy to talk out. And that’s what I’ve been thinking about. How to do a short, easy to understand verbal on how to do Kitchener Stitch.
There are three things to remember that will ensure Kitchener success.
1. The set up stitches start with a purl stitch in the first stitch on the front needle and a knit stitch in the first stitch on the back needle. Both of these stitches are left on their needles.
2. Whatever you do last on one needle is what you will do first on the other needle.
3. You always take off the first stitch and leave the second stitch on the needles.
So, this is how you do the stitch: If you want to test it, knit up two small swatches of ten (or how many you like) stitches and leave the stitches on the needles and follow along:
Insert YN purl wise in the first stitch in the front needle. Insert the YN knitwise in the first stitch on the back needle.
Insert the needle knitwise in the first stitch on the front needle – take it off. Insert the YN purlwise in the next stitch on the front needle – leave it on.
Insert the YN purlwise in the first stitch on the back needle – take it off. Insert the YN knitwise in the next stitch on the back needle. Leave it on.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat: So, what do you do next? Remember the rules: what you did last on one needle is what you’ll do first on the other needle. So you will insert the needle knitwise in the front needle. The second rule is always remove the first stitch. Which means you’ll remove it. Just like the first step.
And there it is. How did it go?