Butterfly Kisses KAL: Kitchener Grafting

Learn how Kitchener Grafting can be used to invisibly join the live stitches of knitting together.
Our Butterfly Kisses earwarmer is knit and now it's time to join the ends together with a technique known as Kitchener Grafting.

If you need to review any of the Butterfly Kisses KAL lessons along the way, a complete list of tutorial links is available on the KAL Introduction page. My thanks to Skacel for providing me with the HiKoo Sueño Tonal yarn and addi Natura dpns for this KAL. These products are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

Lesson 3: Kitchener Grafting

In knitting, the Kitchener Stitch is used to join live stitches (stitches that are on your knitting needles) from two pieces of work or two ends of your work together. The Kitchener Stitch is most commonly used to graft together sock toes, but it is also a very neat way to join tubular pieces like our earwarmer.

Kitchener Grafting, especially in the round takes a some patience, but the result is well worth the effort.


In addition to your dpns, you will also need:
  • 2 removable stitch markers
  • yarn or tapestry needle



(If you would like a printable copy of the entire pattern, Butterfly Kisses is available in my shop.)

It's time to join your ends together. Make sure your working yarn is at least 24-30 inches long. In this case, you would much rather the yarn was too long than too short.

Remember the following steps from the video.

Step 1: Weave in the CO yarn tail and divide the last round of stitches onto 2 dpns.
Step 2: Transfer the stitches from the waste yarn onto 2 dpns.
Step 3: Transfer the last stitch and remove the waste yarn.
Step 4: Make sure the transferred stitches are seated properly.
Step 5: Start grafting with the Kitchener Stitch.
Step 6: Turn the tube for the second half of the join.
Step 7: Complete the join (at the stitch markers), weave in the yarn tail and hide the tail.

In the next lesson I'll teach you the long tail cast on so you can start your mitts.

Post Your Progress

My ears are feeling warmer already!

Butterfly Kisses knit skill building KAL earwarmer

Don't forget to share pictures of your work on Facebook and Instagram with #thechillydog and tag me @thechillydog. I'd love to see your project.

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The Chilly Dog: Butterfly Kisses KAL: Kitchener Grafting
Butterfly Kisses KAL: Kitchener Grafting
Learn how Kitchener Grafting can be used to invisibly join the live stitches of knitting together.
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