How To: Kitchener Stitch

Also called grafting, the Kitchener Stitch is used to join two pieces of knitting, both of which have live sts on the needles, in such a way that it appears seamless. Kitchener is a vital skill to learn to make your knitting really look killer. Some people hate it, which Emily can't comprehend as it's one of her very favorite things to do! Once you get the hang of it, we think you'll love it, too.

Some patterns require Kitchener done over stitch patterns other than stockinette stitch - for example a K2 P2 ribbing. This is the same theory on a macro scale, but slightly different if you're thinking about it in terms of each needle step on a micro scale. Below we have written out step by step instructions for both st st and k2p2 Kitchener Stitch.

Here's a video that really nicely explains the big picture theory of grafting, by Lucy Neatby.

Here is a video of grafting stockinette stitch, by knttinghelp.com.

 

 

Kitchener in stockinette stitch

Below are written directions, written by Kat Buckspan (Twistedista and designer).

Set-Up

Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the first stitch of the front needle, draw yarn through, but do not pull stitch off of needle. Be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles. Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the first stitch of the back needle, draw yarn through, but do not pull stitch off of needle.

Be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles. You have not dropped any stitches off of needles.

Step 1: Front needle

Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the first stitch of the front needle, and pull that stitch off with the tapestry needle.

Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the second stitch of the front needle, and draw the yarn through that stitch, leaving the stitch on front needle.

Again, be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles.

Step 2: Back needle

Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the first stitch of the back needle, and pull that stitch off with the tapestry needle.

Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the second stitch of the back needle, and draw the yarn through that stitch, leaving the stitch on front needle.

Again, be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles.

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to the end.

Something to keep in mind when Kitchener-ing: there's definitely a rhythm, once you get going: you can chant to yourself "Knit, purl, purl, knit."

 

 

Kitchener in K2 P2 ribbing

Below are written directions, again by the incomparable Kat Buckspan.

Set-Up

Cut yarn, leaving a tail at least four times the width of the work that is to be grafted. Thread tail onto tapestry needle and take a deep breath. Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the first stitch of the front needle, draw yarn through, but do not pull stitch off of needle. Be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles.

Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the first stitch of the back needle, draw yarn through, but do not pull stitch off of the back needle.

Be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles. You have not dropped any stitches off of needles.

Step 1: Front needle (2 knit stitches nearest needle point)

Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the first stitch of the front needle, and pull that stitch off with the tapestry needle.

Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the second stitch of the front needle, and draw the yarn through that stitch, leaving the stitch on the front needle.

Again, be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles.

Step 2: Back needle

Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the first stitch of the back needle, and pull that stitch off with the tapestry needle.

Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the second stitch of the back needle, and draw the yarn through that stitch, leaving the stitch on the back needle.

Again, be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles.

Step 3: Front needle (1 knit stitch nearest needle point, and 1 purl stitch next to it)

Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the first stitch of the front needle, and pull that stitch off with the tapestry needle.

Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the second stitch of the front needle, and draw the yarn through that stitch, leaving the stitch on the front needle.

Again, be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles.

Step 4: Back needle

Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the first stitch of the back needle, and pull that stitch off with the tapestry needle.

Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the second stitch of the back needle, and draw the yarn through that stitch, leaving the stitch on back needle.

Again, be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles.

Step 5: Front needle (2 purl stitches nearest needle point)

Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the first stitch of the front needle, and pull that stitch off with the tapestry needle.

Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the second stitch of the front needle, and draw the yarn through that stitch, leaving the stitch on front needle.

Again, be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles.

Step 6: Back needle

Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the first stitch of the back needle, and pull that stitch off with the tapestry needle.

Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the second stitch of the back needle, and draw the yarn through that stitch, leaving the stitch on back needle.

Again, be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles.

Step 7: Front needle (1 purl stitch nearest needle point, and 1 knit stitch next to it)

Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the first stitch of the front needle, and pull that stitch off with the tapestry needle.

Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the second stitch of the front needle, and draw the yarn through that stitch, leaving the stitch on front needle.

Again, be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles.

Step 8: Back needle

Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the first stitch of the back needle, and pull that stitch off with the tapestry needle.

Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the second stitch of the back needle, and draw the yarn through that stitch, leaving the stitch on back needle.

Again, be sure to keep the yarn under the points of the two needles.

Repeat Steps 1-8 until only 1 stitch remains on each needle.

Finish as follows

Insert tapestry needle, as if to purl, in the final stitch of the front needle, draw yarn through, and pull stitch off of needle.

Insert tapestry needle, as if to knit, in the final stitch of the back needle, draw yarn through, and pull stitch off of needle.

You have dropped the final stitch off each needle. Exhale and pat yourself on the back.