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  1. How to Knit an I-Cord Edge | Tin Can Knits
    January 13, 2022 @ 6:00 am

    […] to break the yarn and use the yarn tail to ‘graft’ the two ends together in a method similar to grafting with a yarn needle. You would go through a stitch on the cast-on end, through the live stitches on […]

  2. Easy knitted baby socks (Age 1-3 months) -
    January 5, 2022 @ 8:28 am

    […] Link for guide if you are not familiar with kitchener stitch: […]

  3. Susan
    October 28, 2021 @ 5:50 am

    This is the clearest explanation I’ve seen. I’m going to print it now.

  4. Wick
    September 11, 2021 @ 11:39 am

    i learned to knit a few years ago with this sock pattern being the first pattern i ever followed, and every time i need to use kitchener stitch, i have to come back to your description. it is the easiest for me to follow. the video tutorials are so wordy or slow or they keep moving things and it gets hard to focus. it really helps me so much to just repeat, “front knit drop, front purl keep, back purl drop, back knit keep”
    i appreciate how clearly you’ve made your patterns. i’ll be trying out more soon.

  5. Cat Storm
    August 10, 2021 @ 8:22 pm

    Years ago I learned Kitchener stitch using the knitting method and I haven’t resorted to the darning needle method ever since. Here’s the link to Techknitting’s blog post, it’s brilliant:

    • Isabelle
      September 24, 2021 @ 9:19 am

      Thank you so much Alexa! Im new to knitting socks, and this is my 5th attempt at a Kitchener stitch, trying new instructions every time and yours is the first to work for me!

    • Diane Gittin
      December 21, 2021 @ 1:26 pm

      I checked out this Techknitting method, and to me the Kitchener stitch is much simpler

  6. Sheila Schneider
    July 23, 2021 @ 12:07 pm

    When dividing the remaining stitches on two needles, for Kitchener stitch, should the tail be on the front needle or the back needle or does it matter as long as the stitches are divided equally? Thanks

    • Alexa Ludeman
      July 27, 2021 @ 9:23 am

      Hi Sheila – I don’t find it matters

  7. Diana
    June 24, 2021 @ 9:11 pm

    Thank you so much for this.
    I’ve tried numerous times to do this technique and this is the 1st time it’s been successful

  8. Having a Ball – The Owl Underground
    April 27, 2021 @ 2:23 am

    […] I have been merrily winding yarn, I have been considering. I had decided that instead of Kitchnering my infinity wrap together into one big circle that I would have to wrestle myself into, I would […]

  9. Megan Manning
    December 14, 2020 @ 1:06 pm

    I finished my first pair! I used ToadHollow Toad DK in the Dwarves color. But somehow on tHe second sock the toe is shorter than that of the first? It still fits pretty good, and the stitch count was spot on? Any advice on where I went off?I’ll post photos on the Crafty Toads FB group and can email you them.

    • Emily Wessel
      December 15, 2020 @ 5:34 am

      Hi Megan – it’s hard to know without seeing, or without knowing just what you did. perhaps you missed out a knit round in between decrease rounds? ~ Em

  10. Margaret to Johnson
    December 3, 2020 @ 9:53 am

    Thank you, clear, precise instructions much appreciated

  11. Robin
    October 15, 2020 @ 10:14 pm

    Finally, directions that made sense. Thank you! Finishing up a knit Christmas Stocking for my granddaughter using the same 1945 pattern my granny used to make my stocking.

  12. Maria
    September 26, 2020 @ 3:13 am

    Brilliant thanks, clearest instructions I’ve found! Just used them to complete my first sock.

    • Emily Wessel
      September 27, 2020 @ 1:55 am

      Glad to hear they helped!

  13. Heather M
    June 28, 2020 @ 6:08 pm

    This seems so simple, but I can’t get this right. My grafted Kitchener stitch row keeps coming out with the knit v’s on the back, and the purl bumps on the front. Why is my work backwards?

    • Alexa Ludeman
      June 28, 2020 @ 6:49 pm

      Hi Heather – It sounds like you are starting with the right sides together, rather than the wrong sides?

  14. Branch Out! | Tin Can Knits
    April 2, 2020 @ 2:01 am

    […] of Rye socks. We have an in depth tutorial that will take you all the way through, from cast on to Kitchener stitch!  Once you’ve done them, you could take your inspiration from the Chinese zodiac (it’s […]

  15. Year of the Monkey: learn to knit socks! | Tin Can Knits
    March 31, 2020 @ 11:19 pm

    […] the pattern, to turning a heel, picking up stitches for the gusset, and grafting the toe using Kitchener Stitch.  After you’re comfortable (and have some cozy bed socks), you can forge forward to some more […]

  16. Nadette
    October 28, 2019 @ 7:36 am

    I knit the 1898 hat but could not figure out how to use the Kitchener stitch with four layers of knitting! Drove me crazy and I finally used a three needle bind off on each end and seamed It was not easy doing this to the provisional cast on. Any ideas for the next hat?

    • alexaludeman
      October 29, 2019 @ 3:05 pm

      Hi Nadette – Wow, I haven’t used the kitchener to put together 4 layers of knitting before!

    • Anne Boyd
      November 4, 2019 @ 2:31 pm

      I am at that exact point right now on the 1898 hat (which is why I’m looking at blog posts about how to do kitchener)

      As I read the instructions, you are supposed to graft together the two ends BEFORE you fold over the headband to double it.

  17. Cheryl S Lewman
    September 30, 2019 @ 3:12 pm

    Every time I need to do the kitchener, this is the post I go to! It’s super easy and I just need a quick refresher each time. This saves me a ton of time from watching some lengthy video that I don’t need. Really, this might be my favorite knitting “lesson” out there!

  18. Linda Taylor
    September 15, 2019 @ 1:15 pm

    Best tutorial on Kitchener stitch I have found so far. Thank you

  19. Moondust Mittens – Small Adventures
    December 3, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

    […] Once I was down to 20 stitches (10 stitches on each needle), I closed with Kitchener stitch. […]

  20. Agnes Johnston
    October 21, 2018 @ 1:19 pm

    Finished my First Ever Sock! Baby Squirrel.
    The heel is not very neat-had a few issues doing it🙄. Grafting toe was fairly simple! It resembles a sock at least. 😁

  21. Carol Loy
    October 1, 2018 @ 3:37 am

    Thank you so much for the clear rendition of kitchener stitch. I love your poem too…

  22. lily
    January 31, 2018 @ 12:06 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH! I have made about ten pairs of socks now, and this is the first time I’ve been able to finish by grafting. No other tutorial had helped before! Everybody’s toes will be much happier, now. BTW the Rye socks are absolutely addictive.

  23. Wee Heart Ornament -a pattern- – messyjoyhere
    December 4, 2017 @ 9:53 am

    […] D Holding both left hand side needles together Kitchener stitch the left hand side top of your heart closed -doing your set up in reverse since yarn is at the […]

  24. Knitting Hack: the provisional cast on – DIY Crafter
    November 12, 2017 @ 12:06 pm

    […] Or alternatively you can knit your body and sleeves from hem and cuffs upward, then use the Kitchener stitch to join it all together. Warning: while you CAN do it, working Kitchener stitch on a really large […]

  25. Knitting Hack: the provisional cast on | Tin Can Knits
    November 10, 2017 @ 8:19 am

    […] Or alternatively you can knit your body and sleeves from hem and cuffs upward, then use the Kitchener stitch to join it all together. Warning: while you CAN do it, working Kitchener stitch on a really large […]

  26. susie
    May 26, 2017 @ 10:32 am

    thanks for sharing this detailed tutorial! I will print it and keep it in my project bag! Never enough pictures for me:) Why are socks so difficult for some people (me). I keep trying but am not satisfied with my work. Thanks again!

  27. Re-imagining an old WIP | Tin Can Knits
    May 4, 2017 @ 6:22 am

    […] I ripped back the knitting to the right length, and then put both ends back on needles, and used Kitchener stitch to graft the two ends of knitting together make create a tube about 18″ […]

  28. That pesky underarm | Tin Can Knits
    March 28, 2017 @ 9:46 am

    […] a blunt darning needle with the long tail from the sleeve and use Kitchener stitch to seam the live stitches together. Note that there are still little holes on either side of the […]

  29. Chris
    September 15, 2016 @ 9:58 am

    The tutorials are so easy to understand. I am half way through knitting the flex sweater. I’m loving it. Thanks for all your helpful tips

  30. Shannon
    August 12, 2016 @ 2:16 pm

    Thanks for this! I finished a sock while away from home and, although I could knit a pair of socks blindfolded, I cannot graft the toes without my trusty Debbie Stoller text by my side. Your tutorial was an excellent replacement. 😀
    Shannon Sonagle

  31. Backwards Engineering and the Perfect Hat – cozy hearth yarn works
    July 29, 2016 @ 12:06 am

    […] last several loops and pulling tight. (If you’re intimidated by kitchener-stitch, check out this super helpful tutorial at Tin Can Knits, with step by step written instructions and a really well-drawn graphic […]

  32. Eunice Abel
    March 17, 2016 @ 4:35 pm

    How does one combine in Kitchener stitch in a knit-purl ribbing pattern?

  33. Pamela Frame
    December 12, 2015 @ 7:42 pm

    I don’t understand where the yarn goes in the Kitchener stitch. I see how to insert the needle for knit and purl, but the yarn ends up wrapping all over the place!

    • alexaludeman
      December 14, 2015 @ 12:06 am

      Hi Pamela – the yarn is going through the sts the same way the needle is, following the same path. The important thing is not having the yarn go OVER the needle (that will create an extra stitch).

      • Pamela Frame
        January 21, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

        OK. That should help. I’ll try again!

  34. joy hortie
    September 12, 2015 @ 10:37 am

    Is there a printable version of this so I can tuck it into my knitting bag for reference

    • alexaludeman
      September 12, 2015 @ 6:25 pm

      We don’t yet have it in PDF form, but if you hit file -> print it should print out the blog post for ya!

  35. Maggie
    January 28, 2015 @ 8:32 am

    Thank you for your very clear Grafting instructions. I have just successfully grafted my first sock toe! ever so slightly bumpy at the corners, but otherwise surprisingly neat. I am soooo pleased.

    • Emily Wessel
      January 28, 2015 @ 8:52 am

      Glad it was helpful!

  36. Ia Koyno
    December 19, 2014 @ 5:22 am

    Thank you so much for the pattern! I’ve just finished my first sock. Simply love it!

  37. Lush Cardigan … a work in progress | Rainbow Heirloom
    July 9, 2014 @ 11:38 am

    […] join the sleeves to the body, I will work a few rounds from the underarm downward, and then use kitchener stitch to graft the live stitches from shoulder to the […]

  38. Ramamonjisoa Pilar
    November 6, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    Please, can you translate in french because I don’t anderstand all you said; I am too old (73 years)!!!!

    • alexaludeman
      November 7, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

      If only I knew enough French to do it!

    • Sandra
      December 20, 2018 @ 2:08 am

      Ramamonjisoa, I just did a search using google: “kitchener, francais”.
      It found several picture guides and videos.

  39. littleblackdogsa
    October 18, 2013 @ 12:09 am

    Thank you for the free Rye Socks pattern, I absolutely love it. This is the next pair of socks on my needles. :-)