Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Kitchener Stitch According To Me

Margene posted yesterday that she had a brain cramp when she tried to close the toe of her sock with the Kitchener Stitch. Call me crazy, but I've never had any trouble working the Kitchener Stitch (you can stop laughing now, Laurie). In fact, on Saturday I spent a good half hour showing one of the employees of my LYS how to Kitchener the toe of her first sock. Here are my instructions on how to make it easy by thinking in terms of "knit stitches" on the "knit needle" and "purl stitches" on the "purl needle":

First, look at your sock after you divide the stitches equally onto the two needles. The yarn should be coming from the first stitch on the back needle.
The front needle (i.e., the needle closest to you) I'll call the "knit needle" because the knit stitches are facing you.
The back needle I'll call the "purl needle" because the purl stitches are facing you.

Basic rule #1 (with one exception): The yarn will be threaded through each stitch twice; once as if to knit and once as if to purl. When working the stitches on the "knit needle" you always thread the yarn as if to knit through the first stitch you work then as if to purl through the second stitch you work. When working the stitches on the "purl needle" you always thread the yarn as if to purl through the first stitch you work then as if to knit through the second stitch you work.
Exception: The yarn is threaded through the first stitch on each needle only once.
Basic rule #2 (no exceptions): When you thread the yarn through the stitch on the "knit needle" as if to knit, the stitch is slipped off the needle. When you thread the yarn through the stitch on the "knit needle" as if to purl, the stitch stays on the needle.
Basic rule #3 (no exceptions): When you thread the yarn through the stitch on the "purl needle" as if to purl, the stitch is slipped off the needle. When you thread the yarn through the stitch on the "purl needle" as if to knit, the stitch stays on the needle.

Got it?

OK, lets go . . .


  1. Thread the yarn through the first stitch on the "knit needle" as if to knit. Slip the stitch off the needle. Thread the yarn through the next stitch on the "knit needle" as if to purl and leave the stitch on the needle.

  2. Thread the yarn through the first stitch on the "purl needle" as if to purl. Slip the stitch off the needle. Thread the yarn through the next stitch on the "purl needle" as if to knit and leave the stitch on the needle.

That's it! Just keep following steps 1 & 2 until you run out of stitches.

Now go knit a sock and try it!

Bet Paid!

Before the World Series started, Bliss and I made a friendly "knitterly" bet on the outcome. Contrary to 86 years of history, I won! Last week she sent me the prize I requested; a copy of her Flair For Marie sock pattern.

I immediately put it on my "to-knit" list. Bliss has been having some problems with her computer, so if you want to order the pattern but don't hear back from her, try again in a couple of days.


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