Meet Kitchener stitch head on and overcome your fear, whether it’s used on stockinette stitch, reverse stockinette stitch, garter stitch, or ribbing. Through working samples and learning tips, you’ll laugh in the face of this too-often dreaded grafting stitch.
Materials: Yarn and needles (double-pointed needles are preferred) used for homework swatches; tapestry needle.
HOMEWORK: (required) With your choice of yarn (tightly twisted worsted-weight wool or wool blend is recommended) and knitting needles in a size appropriate for your yarn, knit nine swatches: two in stockinette stitch, two in garter stitch (ending one with a right-side row and the other with a wrong-side row), three in k1, p1 ribbing (begin each row with k1); two in k2, p2 ribbing (begin each row with k2). Each swatch should contain 12 stitches and measure about 2” long.
Cut yarn, leaving a 24” tail for working the Kitchener stitch. Place swatches on holders.
Photo courtesy of Ann Budd