Recently, I wrote a post about the many different ways of joining crochet which got me thinking. How about joining knitting? Perhaps the most requests I have from more advanced students is to learn how to join and finish their work. So I thought I’d share a step-by-step guide on the Kitchener stitch.
The Kitchener stitch recreates the structure of each knitted stitch using a sewing needle. Since you have two legs on each stitch (one on either side of your knitting needle), with a sewing needle, you need to go through each stitch twice to recreate the stitch accurately. Other points to bear in mind are that you are joining two sets of live stitches – not bound off edges and that the number of stitches need to be equal on the two sides.
Step 1: Take two knitted fabrics
Place your live stitches on the same set of needles and place with the wrong sides together.
With the yarn on the right, thread the end through a large blunt needle. You are ready to go!
Step 2 – Kitchener away
(a) Insert the needle purlwise through the first stitch on the Front needle. Leave the stitch on the needle.
(b) Insert the needle knitwise through the first stitch on the Back needle. Leave the stitch on the needle.
(c) Insert the needle knitwise through the first stitch on the Front needle and let it run off the needle. Your first stitch bound off.
(d) Insert the needle purlwise through the next stitch on the Front needle. Leave it on the needle.
(e) Insert the needle purlwise in the stitch on the back needle and let it run off. The second stitch bound off. You now have a matching pair.
Repeat Steps 2(a) – (e) until you have one stitch left on the back needle. Insert the needle through this stitch purlwise and weave the ends in.
Once you sort out the tension, this is a worthwhile stitch to have in our armoury of finishing off.