Today’s post is brought to you by the Kitchener Stitch! A lot of people absolutely hate doing the Kitchener stitch because they don’t really understand how to do it. It can be confusing when you only do it once in a blue moon, but I think it is really amazing . The very first time I did this stitch right, I was amazed! You can’t even tell where it was grafted together!
The very first time I attempted the Kitchener stitch, I was knitting Elizabeth Zimmerman’s seamless hybrid sweater. There was a short description about how to complete this stitch and I followed it to the best of my abilities. Considering that I had only been knitting for a few months, I doubt I would have understood.
I use the Kitchener stitch most commonly on sock toes. By grafting the ends together you cannot tell where they were separated. It looks like solid knitting the whole time. I feel very sad when people don’t knit a pattern specifically because they have to graft something. Here is the video I found most helpful when I was learning.
Once you get the hang of it, I always say out loud “Knit-wise, purl-wise; purl-wise, knit-wise.” When I was first starting out, saying the directions out loud helped me to keep track of the stitches in my head. Now it is more of a nostalgic comforting thing; if I start to annoy people I turn my volume down quite a bit. Here is another video that I found decent.
The above two videos are more of a basic understanding of Kitchener stitch, so for the more advanced knitter, here is a video showing how to Kitchener stitch without a darning needle. I could have used this on my trip to Cuba, I didn’t think to bring a needle with me.
I really hope this has shed some light on the Kitchener stitch and made people a little braver to try it. When others talk of grafting, they usually mean the Kitchener stitch, it is just another way to describe it. As always, if anyone has any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to comment below or email me. I am always happy to help!