The Kitchener Stitch, or grafting, is used to join two sets of live stitches together. It is often used to finish knit socks and the underarms of seamless sweaters, and actually any where you would like to join 2 sets of equal stitches.
I wanted to make this post because honestly, I just wanted to have a place to keep my notes when I need to do a kitchener stitch. I can never remember it off the top of my head. I find it easier to be able to read the instructions while I’m working instead of watching someone do it on youtube.
Simplified Kitchener Stitch directions:
Hold the two pieces of knitting parallel to one another with the wrong sides facing. Thread the working yarn with a yarn needle.
- Front needle – Purl through (leave stitch on)
- Back needle – Knit through (leave stitch on)
Now begin grafting using the kitchener stitch rhyme to finish the rest of the stitches:
Knit off, Purl through
Purl off, Knit through