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.