The Unforgettable Kitchener Stitch

Knitting Tutorial - Never forget if the first stitch in the Kitchener stitch graft is worked knitwise or purlwise
The Kitchener stitch is used to seamlessly graft live (on your needles) stitches together in knitting. It's often used to close the toes of socks knit from the top down. Even though it is a common technique, all to often we forget how to execute it. Should the first stitch be worked knitwise or purlwise?

Before You Begin

Omitting the two set-up stitches at the beginning of the graft makes the process easier to remember and eliminates the odd flare that can occur when closing a sock toe.

Materials

  • Zitron Trekking Sport
  • addi Rocket2 [Squared] circular needles
  • Knitter's Pride wool needle
Thanks to Skacel for providing the yarn and addi needles used in this tutorial. These products are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

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Ready to try this technique in a pattern? The Ready, Set, Go Socks pattern has videos to help you learn more about:
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