Kitchener Stitch 3-Needle Bind-Off This method of weaving with two needles is used for the toes of socks and flat seams. To weave the edges together and form an unbroken line of stockinette stitch, divide all stitches evenly onto two knitting needles— one behind the other. Thread yarn into tapestry needle. Hold needles with wrong sides together and work from right to left as follows: Use this technique for seaming two edges together, such as when joining a shoulder seam. Hold the edgestitches on two separate needles with right sides together. With a third needle, knit together a stitch from the front needle with one from the back. Repeat, knitting a stitch from the front needle with one from the back needle once more. Slip the first stitch over the second. Repeat knitting, a front and back pair of stitches together, then bind one off. Step 1: Insert tapestry needle into first stitch on front needle as to purl. Draw yarn through stitch, leaving stitch on knitting needle. Provisional Cast-On Once the chain is completed, with a knitting needle, pick up and knit in the back bar of each chain until the required number of stitches is on the needle. Continue to work the pattern as given in the instructions. Instructions then indicate that the provisional cast- on be removed so the piece can be worked in the opposite direction. In this case, hold the work with the cast-on edge at the top. Undo one loop of the crochet chain, inserting the knitting needle into the stitch below the chain. ( This stitch is on the original first row of knitting.) Continue to undo the crochet chain until all the stitches are on the needle. This provides a row of stitches ready to work in the opposite direction. Step 2: The provisional cast- on has a variety of uses. It starts with a crochet chain on a crochet hook about the same size as the knitting needle. A chart is given below of crochet hooks that correspond most closely to knitting needle sizes. Insert tapestry needle into the first stitch on the back needle as to purl. Draw yarn through stitch and slip stitch off knitting needle. Crochet Hook E F G H I J K Knitting Needle 4 5 6 8 9 10 101/2 Step 3: Insert tapestry needle into the next stitch on same (back) needle as to knit, leaving stitch on knitting needle. Step 4: To work this type of cast- on, start with a crochet chain one or two stitches more than the number of stitches to be cast on for the pattern you are working. Since the edge is removed to work in the opposite direction the chain should be made with a contrasting color. Insert tapestry needle into the first stitch on the front needle as to knit. Draw yarn through stitch and slip stitch off knitting needle. Step 5: Insert tapestry needle into the next stitch on same (front) needle as to purl. Draw yarn through stitch, leaving stitch on knitting needle. Repeat Steps 2 through 5 until one stitch is left on each needle. Then repeat Steps 2 and 4. Fasten off. Woven stitches should be the same size as adjacent knitted stitches. Cable Cast-On Make a slip knot on the left needle. Knit a stitch in the loop and place it on the left needle. Insert the right needle between the last two stitches on the left needle. Knit a stitch and place it on the left needle. Repeat until you have cast on the number of stitches indicated in the pattern. 111 CreativeKnittingMagazine. com FOLLOW US @ CreativeKnittingMagazine. com/ blog APRIL 2019
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