Grafting Using the Kitchener Stitch Tutorial

November 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm 6 comments

Grafting using the Kitchener stitch is a very useful knitting skill. Grafting uses live stitches and creates a seamless transition around the edge of the knit when it is worn. If you are sock knitter, chances are you have used the kitchener stitch. But that isn’t the only time when having no seam or bound off edge is desirable.

When working in double knit in the round, grafting the finished edge is also very desirable. It is the only way to have an edge where each side remains distinct. If you want to have a top edge that mirrors your cast on edge using the two color cast on we recommended, you will want to kitchener stitch your top edge.

The Sprout Cowl pattern gives instructions on using the kitchener stitch to finish. If you are knitting this project as part of our Double Your Fun KAL, you will need to note that the instructions in this tutorial and in the Sprout Cowl pattern. The end result is exactly the same. This tutorial mirrors the instructions in the Polka Dot Sheep Publications patterns such as Charlie’s Sock Yarn Hat (our bestselling pattern).

Set up Kitchener

Step 1A Kitchener stitch

Step 1b of Kitchener Stitch

Step 1c of Kitchener stitch

Step 2 of Kitchener Stitch

Step 3a of Kitchener Stitch

Step 3b of Kitchener Stitch

Step 3c of Kitchener Stitch

Step 4 of Kitchener stitch

Step 5 of Kitchener stitch

End Kitchener Stitch

The Double Your Fun KAL wraps up this Friday, November 21, 2013. This is the final technique post for the series. Look for a finished project post in the next few week.

I finished my cowl last night. The project for my daughter and she promptly took the cowl, put it on, snuggled her face down into it and went to bed. I am not sure if she actually wore it to bed but it certainly seemed possible. So I haven’t gotten any pictures of it yet.

But the grafting using the kitchener stitches is certainly not limited to double knitting. It is especially useful closing toes on top down socks and closing the top of mittens or glove fingertips. These are places that seams are often uncomfortable and cumbersome. The kitchener stitch also makes for a great straight edge such as on the top of the Charlie’s Sock Yarn Hat. Then there are countless other times you might have live stitches to graft together.

The three points on the Charlie’s Sock Yarn Hat are formed by grafting.

Check out our upcoming KAL, Lomonds for the Whole Family, starting Sunday, November 24, 2013. The holidays are coming, these mitts are perfect!

As always thanks for joining us at Polka Dot Sheep and happy knitting!

~Angela M.


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Double the Fun in the Sprout Cowl KAL | polkadotsheep  |  November 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm

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  • 2. Chuck Rossbach  |  November 20, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Thanks Angela. This will be very helpful. Can’t wait till I get the cowl finished and use yet another new technique. Must say, I’m learning to be a more advanced knitter just by taking part in Polka a Dot Sheep KALs. Keep them coming!



  • 3. Bertha Hurdman  |  November 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks for the Kitchener grafting instructions… The sweater I am knitting now will need to be grafted under the arms.

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