Kitchener Stitch

The kitchener stitch is really a bit of knitting magic. Using a tapestry needle, the tail is woven through live stitches to join them in an action that duplicates the knit or purl stitch. The result is a smooth and seamless join. The kitchener stitch may also be used for repairs or alterations in garments. I believe that the kitchener stitch is an essential skill for every knitter. Apart from its usefulness, it also provides an opportunity to understand stitch construction.

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  1. Carol Handshue
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Finally finishing the sock – thanks for the video!

  2. Posted August 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Mine isn’t a comment so much as a question. Do you have a video for joining a 1×1 or 2×2 ribbing using the kitchener/mattress seam? I have looked all over the youtube and can’t find one and I like your videos the best.

  3. Posted August 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Tamie, I’m sorry I do not have a video for that technique. Is the seam a vertical or horizontal seam? The kitchener is used for horizontal seams and the mattress is used for vertical seams. Michelle

  4. Alice
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    I also would like to know how to use the Kitchener st to join 1x1rib at shoulder seam, rib is running vertical?

  5. Posted June 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I do not recommend the Kitchener stitch for shoulder seams. As tempting as it is to have a seamless join at the shoulder, a sturdy seam will prevent your garment from losing its shape. For your robbed seam, I recommend working a 3-needle bind off maintaining the established rib pattern. Good luck!

  6. Libby
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the wonderful video. I do have a question.

    Is it ok if the working yarn is coming from the front and not the back?

    I am getting ready to finish off a headband and the working yarn is on the front needle. Can I use it, or should I bring in new yarn from the back? Thanks so much

  7. Posted October 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Can you turn the work to have the working yarn in the back?

  8. Anna Holland
    Posted October 24, 2013 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for your well presented and explained techniques. I have now ‘mastered’ Kitchener stitch to graft together the heel on a ‘Skew” sock. Lana Holden’s pattern and your videos have helped me to create several pairs of crazy socks for appreciative friends and family.

  9. Posted October 24, 2013 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Your family is lucky to receive your hand knit beauties!

  10. Connie
    Posted November 12, 2013 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Do you have a video for the Kitchener stitch?
    I love knitting socks but when I do the Kitchener stitch (which is my favorite for the toe), the two end stitches stick up/out, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.
    How can I get them to lay down like the middle stitches?
    I can’t find anyone on line who addresses this problem, maybe I’m the only person with this issue.
    Love your site, just found it today.

  11. Posted November 12, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Yes, I have a video for the Kitchener Stitch. Perhaps it is the set up that is leaving you with the rabbit ears. Watch my video and see if it helps.

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  • By Endgame – Part 4 on January 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

    […] Cut the yarn tail at least 24″ in length and thread onto a tapestry needle.  Graft the stitches together using the Kitchener Stitch.  You will quickly see that the edge has the same qualities as the Tubular Cast On – the stitches just seem to roll over the end!  I demonstrate the Kitchener Stitch in the Tubular Bind Off video, but a more detailed lesson is given in the Kitchener Stitch video. […]

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