Knitting Help – Knit Kitchener Stitch

In this video, I am going to show you how
to do the Kitchener Stitch with no tapestry needle. It’s a way of working the Kitchener Stitch
with your knitting needle and yarn. You never have to get up out of your knitting
chair to get the tapestry needle. It ends up looking exactly the same as it
does when you’re using the tapestry needle, so it’s kind of another knitting technique
for your quiver, something to pull out when you’re stuck without a tapestry needle. I will say as a knitting teacher, the one
reason that I do like this better than using the tapestry needle is that the tension is
always perfect when you do it this way. When you use a tapestry needle, you can leave
the stitches too loose or pull them too tightly and that means the grafting will end up looking
different than the rest of the work. Little information, Kitchener Stitch is what
we use when we’re grafting live stitches together and we don’t wanna seam. We want it to end up looking perfect like
the rest of the work, like there’s no break in the work, and this is, yes, the way that
we use for grafting stitches, the most common way for grafting stitches. Let’s go and take a look. In my videos, in my patterns, Kitchener Stitch
is mainly used on socks. So, I knit up these little sock toes to show
you that the knit Kitchener ends up looking just like Kitchener with a tapestry needle
except for no tension issues, if you were going to have tension issues. So, I have here 20 stitches that I have ready
to graft, and I have left myself 18 inches of yarn. I’m going to combine these two onto one needle. Just slip those stitches over. Okay. This is the same way that I would set up for
Kitchener Stitch with a tapestry needle. So, to get set up, and yes, I have the yarn
is broken. To get set up, we’re gonna do two set-up stitches. And just like when we’re working with a tapestry
needle, you keep alternating from the front needle to the back needle. So, on the front needle, I’m going to knit,
and pull that yarn all the way through, and leave that stitch on. And on the back needle, I’m going to purl,
and pull that yarn all the way through, and leave that stitch on. Okay. Now, I’m set up. I’m ready to do this. So, the chant for this is different than the
chant for when you’re using a tapestry needle. I don’t even wanna say the one that I do for
the other video. Well, let me link to the other video in case
you need to jump over there. It will be there if you click little I. But this one is purl, off, knit, knit, off,
purl, okay? So, I’m going to purl this stitch, take it
off and pull that yarn all the way through, and then I’m going to knit the next stitch
on the front needle, pull the yarn all the way through but leave that stitch on. And then the third step of this is to the
back. I’m going to knit this stitch, pull the yarn
through, take that stitch off, purl that stitch, pull the yarn through, leave it on. Okay. That was the sequence. So, purl, off, knit, knit, off, purl. And each time you’re pulling the yarn all
the way through, right? Purl, off, knit, knit, off, purl. Okay. Let me rush through this so we can see what
it looks like. Whoopsy, whoopsy. When I show us onto frock, I want to count
my stitches. Actually, this is gonna take a while. I just wanna show you. I already showed you the sample. It ends up looking perfect. If you click through to my website, I will
have the little chant the way I just said it. I will have all that written out, including
the set up stitches. So, you don’t have to get out of your knitting
chair to work the Kitchener Stitch. You can just keep going with the same needle
in your hand that you have. You will need scissors though, I suppose. That’s it. I hope that helps. Good luck. [00:05:51]
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