When I first used Kitchener Stitch it was along time ago on a scarf and the joining was so loose because I was scared of pulling it too tight. I ended up with a line of baggy stitches joining the two pieces it looked untidy and I felt afterwards like I’d let my scarf and knitting down. Well first tip if you find your Kitchener stitching isn’t tight enough when you pull them together once off the needle starting at the beginning of your stitching slowly tug and tighten the loose loops as you work across to the opposite end before you sew in the remaining thread and all can be rectified or just pull the stitches reasonably as you graft and it will look beautiful. Try not to be too shy!
Now are you ready with your two needles with even amounts of stitches, I have mine ready both have ten live stitches ready to be grafted. (I apologise now about the first picture being slightly shaky).
Starting with both needles parallel and tips pointing in the same direction so you can slip off stitches and making sure your wrong side (purl side) is facing inside. With your tapestry needle threaded up you start by going into the first stitch on the front needle purl ways, pull yarn through and leave stitch on needle.
Next go into the first stitch on the back needle knit ways and pull yarn through and leave the stitch on the needle.
These two steps are the foundations of grafting and are not repeated but next four steps are the ones you will be repeating throughout the rest of your grafting.
Push your needle through the first stitch on the front needle knit ways and slip the stitch off the needle.
Push your needle through the next stitch on the front needle purl ways and leave the stitch on the needle.
Push the needle through the first stitch on the back needle purl ways and slip the stitch off the needle.
Push the needle through the next stitch on the back needle knit ways and leave the stitch on the needle.
These four steps are repeated until you have two remaining stitches on the needles. Then work step one and step three. Once your happy with your graft you can then go ahead and sew the end in.
so quick recap and written short hand so you can make a note:-
- 1st stitch, front needle, purlways, leave on needle.
- 1st stitch, back needle, knitways, leave on needle.
- 1st stitch, front needle, knitways, slip off needle.
- 2nd stitch, front needle, purlways, leave on needle.
- 1st stitch, back needle, purlways, slip off needle.
- 2nd stitch back needle, knitways, leave on needle.
repeat these four to last 2 stitches, then work step 1 and 3.
Once done you may have a toe finished on your new socks and grafted two pieces together with great ease!