Kitchener stitch is a wonderful technique to join or graft two sets of stitches without creating a seam.
Sock knitters agree that it is perfect for finishing those toes.
Baby garments are another candidate where you don't want the bulk of a sewn seam to be visible.
The only rule is you must have exactly the same number of stitches on each needle.
The only place where kitchener stitch is not advised is where a bound edge is needed to maintain the shape and stability of the garment. The best example of where not to use this technique would be the shoulder seams of a heavy sweater.
If your experience is similar to mine, the first time you try this, you will feel very awkward and will be totally focused on following the instructions.
Then, when you look back at what you've done, you will be amazed at how it works. It's pretty magical!
Designer, Mimi Kezer, does a terrific job teaching you how to master this technique in the following video.
Grab some needles and set up two swatches of 10 stitches each. Watch the video and give it a try.
Here is a simple written guide:
Align both pieces with wrong sides facing and yarn tail on back needle.
Using a tapestry needle and the yarn tail from the from the back needle, go through the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl and leave it on the needle. Go through the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit and leave it on the needle.
Begin this sequence:
Step 1. Go through the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit and drop it off the needle. Go through the next stitch as if to purl and leave it on the needle.
Step 2. Go through the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl and drop it off the needle. Go throgh the next stitch as if to knit and leave it on the needle.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until there is one stitch left of front and back needles.
Go through remaining stitch on front needle as if to knit and drop if off. Go through remaining stitch on the back needle as if to purl and drop it off.
Adjust any tension issues by pulling on the leg of each stitch from right to left across the seam.
Weave in the end and pat yourself on the back!
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