Kitchener Stitch

Kitchener Stitch is a sewing technique most often used by knitters to close the toe in a knitted sock. I am currently using Kitchener Stitch to finish a design for a toy whale, so this seems the perfect time to share a tutorial with you.

1. Divide your live stitches evenly between two dpns. Make sure the right side of the knitting is facing outwards and the last stitch you knitted is the first stitch on the needle furthest from you, as shown below.

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2. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail and thread it onto a tapestry needle. Sew through the first stitch on the front needle as though to purl, as shown below. Leave the stitch on the needle.

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3. Sew through the first stitch on the back needle as though to knit, as shown below. Leave the stitch on the needle.

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4. Sew through the first stitch on the front needle as though to knit, slip this stitch off the needle. Then sew through the next stitch (now the first) on the front needle as though to purl, leave this stitch on the needle.

5. Sew through the first stitch on the back needle as though to purl, slip this stitch off the needle. Then sew through the next stitch (now the first) on the back needle as though to knit, leave this stitch on the needle.

6. Repeat 4 and 5. (I say the steps out loud as I go; “knit, knit, slip, purl, purl, slip” it helps me remember where I’m up to).  Adjust the tension as you go, so that the sewn stitches match the knitted ones.

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7. When you have two stitches left, one on the front needle and one on the back, sew through the front stitch as though to knit and slip it off the needle. Then  sew through the back stitch as though to purl and slip it off the needle. Sew through the center of that last stitch and pull tight, secure inside to finish. And it should look like this:

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