How to Knit - Grafting (Kitchener Stitch)
The Kitchener stitch is used to join two pieces of knitting together by using a large-eyed blunt needle and sewing in a manner that imitates knitting. It is commonly used to join the toe end of socks so there is no seam to rub on the toes.
- Cut the yarn, leaving a tail equal to the amount you would normally need to finish the row
- You'll have two pieces to join, one side on each of two needles. Hold the needles parallel, wrong sides together
- Thread the end of the yarn through a large-eyed, blunt needle (often called a 'tapestry needle')
- Working from right to left, insert the large-eyed, blunt needle in first stitch on lower piece as if to purl and draw the thread all the way through. The working thread should be under the needles each time.
- Insert needle in first stitch on top piece from front to back and second stitch from back to front
- Pull yarn through and take the stitch off the needles.
- Insert needle in first stitch on lower piece from front to back and second stitch from back to front.
- Pull yarn through and take the stitch off the needle.
- Repeat until no stitches remain. Bring the tail to the inside of the work and fasten off.