Centre Knitters knitting guild meets the first Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be June 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. The group meets in the Patton Township building at 100 Patton Plaza. The meeting is held in the large conference room in the lower part of the building. Election of officers will be held at this meeting. Cathy Riemer, will demonstrate A Different Approach to Kitchener Stitch.
A Different Approach to Kitchener Stitch ----------------------------------------- Kitchener is a type of seam for joining two pieces of knitting that have live stitch loops on the needles (not bound off). It exactly mimics the appearance of stockinette stitch, so the join is smooth and virtually invisible with no lumpy seam allowance, just as if it had been knitted in one piece. It is most commonly used to close the toe of cuff-down socks, but is also useful for projects like cowls, hats, and shawl edgings. This technique has a reputation for being difficult to get right and even harder to remember. The usual instructions have lots of steps that are very similar but not quite the same, so it is easy to get off track and once you do, confusing and painful to fix. I have come up with a different way of thinking about this stitch that I would like to share, as I find it much easier to keep track of where I am and avoid mistakes. It produces exactly the same result, but a small change in terminology allows the "chant" to be greatly simplified, and can also help you to get a better mental picture of what the stitches are actually doing. Materials to bring: * Two identical swatches, still on the needles, about 15 st wide. Use yarn that makes stitches easy to see, and knit each swatch in plain stockinette stitch (knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side). * Two double-pointed needles, a size or two smaller than the needles used for the swatches. This is optional; it just gives you more room to work, especially if you tend to knit tightly. * A few feet of similar yarn in a contrasting color. * A blunt tapestry needle (a.k.a. darning needle or yarn needle), of appropriate size for your yarn. Homework: 1. Knit a third swatch like the others, but keep going. After a purl row, drop the main yarn and knit one row with the contrasting yarn. Then switch back to the main color (you can cut it if you like) and continue in stockinette for a few more rows. 2. Examine this third swatch, front and back, and observe the path that the contrasting yarn takes as it passes through the main-color loops above and below it. Our goal in the class will be to join your first two swatches with the contrasting yarn so they look exactly like this one.