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					      kitchener stitch

How to sew together knitted fabric
        with no seam line
   Why learn Kitchener Stitch?
• Kitchener stitch creates a join that is
  difficult to see or feel.
• It’s most appropriate in areas where a
  seam would be mildly or very
  uncomfortable.
  – Underarm of a sweater worn next to the skin
  – Toe or heal seam of a sock
  – Under-alls and baby clothes
         Why is it so difficult?
• Kitchener stitch isn’t difficult at all…what
  can be difficult is:

  – Learning the stitch from written instructions

  – Remembering the preparation steps
 You’ve finished your first sock …
… and now you’re left with a hole at the toe.
 In the image below, the stitches that
 remain after decrease are turquoise.
    Active vs. Finished stitches
In this tutorial, “active” unfinished stitches
  will be in bright colors, and stitches that
  are finished will be dark. Here, black
  shows stitches that are finished.
How did those black stitches get on
          the needles?
If you were to kitchener stitch the active
   stitches only, when you were finished
   you’d still have a little slit in the sock …the
   pink line shown here.
           Pick up stitches
Holes in the toes can be as annoying as a
 seam, so pick up a completed stitch at
 both ends of both needles.
  Getting the Yarn to Kitchener
Adding new yarn at the toe, even if it is just
 woven in can be uncomfortable after a day
 of wear. Instead leave a long tail of yarn.
 The tail is red and is now on a darning
 needle.
           Position the yarn
The yarn tail is now in an inconvenient
 position. It begins on the last active stitch
 and crosses over the top of the finished
 stitches you just picked up.
      Correct Position to Start
Using the darning needle, pull the tail
 through the first finished stitch on the back
 needle.
                 Setup 1
You can now begin the setup for kitchener.
 Pull the yarn through the first stitch on the
 front needle as if to purl. Leave the stitch
 on the needle.
                 Setup 2
Now pull the yarn through the first stitch on
 the back needle as if to knit. Leave the
 stitch on the needle.
              Kitchener 1
Go back to the front needle and pull the yarn
 through as if to knit.
               Kitchener 2
You can now slip the first stitch on the front
 needle off the needle and immediately set
 up the first front active stitch by pulling the
 tail through it “as if to purl”.
                Kitchener 3
You then move to the back needle, run the
 tail through the first stitch as if to purl, slip
 off, set up the next back stitch by pulling
 the yarn as if to knit, move back to the
 front needle.
               Kitchener 4
By continuing this pattern from right to left
 you will end up at the left end of the toe
 with what looks and feels like a row of
 stockinette stitch.
                Kitchener Pattern
• 01, 01, 01, 01 – off on, off on, off on, off on
   – No matter which needle you are working on, each
     stitch combo is removing a stitch and setting up the
     next and leaving it on.
• The front needle is alphabetical
   – Knit off
   – Purl on
• The back needle mirrors
   – Purl off
   – Knit on

				
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