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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11 Comments

  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.
    Connie

  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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