This technique is a type of seaming and most commonly used to close the toe of cuff-down socks, but it is also useful for projects like cowls, hats, and shawl edgings. Used for joining two pieces that have live stitch loops on two needles, Kitchner Stitch exactly mimics the appearance of stockinette stitch. The join is smooth and virtually invisible with no lumpy seam allowance, just as if it had been knitted in one piece.
The enrollment limit for this class is low so that each participant can get individual attention. If it fills up, don’t worry — we plan to offer it again as a Centre Knitters Guild meeting program. This class is for knitters that can cast on, knit, and purl.
Materials and Homework:
- 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 you used for the swatches. If you don’t have dpns, straights will do.
- A few feet of similar yarn in a contrasting color.
- A blunt tapestry needle (a.k.a. darning needle or yarn needle). The eye must be large enough to thread your yarn, but small enough to go through your knitted stitches.
- Optional but helpful:
- 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.
- 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.