Simply Knitting - - Ask The Experts - Faye

QNo mat­ter how hard I try I can’t seem to get to grips with Kitch­ener stitch. can you ex­plain how to do it, why it’s used and when to avoid it?

Talli Court, Le­ices­ter

Kitch­ener stitch (also known as graft­ing) is the process of merg­ing two edges to­gether seam­lessly, by sew­ing a new row of stitches be­tween the pieces you want to join. When work­ing Kitch­ener stitch you need an equal num­ber of stitches di­vided across two nee­dles to work the graft. Break your yarn tail with enough length to work through all the stitches you are go­ing to graft – give your­self plenty of length as you don’t want to run out mid-row. Kitch­ener stitch is most com­monly used on sock toes, but you can use it to join a mul­ti­tude of seams for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons. Al­though we don’t ad­vise graft­ing shoul­der seams as the ex­tra strength given by back­stitch or mat­tress stitch is of­ten re­quired here, help­ing the gar­ment to keep its shape. Check out our step-by-step be­low on how to work your own Kitch­ener stitch.

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