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Have you tried the Kitchener Stitch?

Img_1035So I had started my blanket project called Persian Dreams and as I read the instructions I soon discovered that each side of each hexagon are put together using a technique called Kitchener stitch. Also called Grafting. It’s a beautiful way to bring two separate knitted pieces together.  It’s an invisible seam and looks like the two pieces have been knit together. So I decided I better get good fast and perfect my technique.

So this version of Kitchener Stitch is used on stockinette knitting.

Once I got a few sides finished I felt like I finally have this technique down.  I still have a “cheat sheet” handy because it’s so easy to loose your place and it helps to have the safety net to look back at for help. Here is the cheat sheet I use.

cropped-cropped-cropped-IMG_0728-1-1.jpgThere are four steps to go through and repeating these four steps across the row takes each stitch off in the proper orientation and looks beautiful. I made a mental note with myself that when doing this technique, I would not stop mid step.  I will complete all 4 steps before setting down my work.  This has helped keep me on track.  So if I get distracted, the phone rings, whatever, I won’t lay down my project until I have completed step 4.  This will save you a lot of time trying to figure out where you left off.

I put together a video of how I worked this technique.

I also use the Kitchener stitch when i’m making socks and use a special toe called the Fish Lips Kiss heel.  After completing the toe, I’ll use the Kitchener stitch to attach the toe back to the rest of the sock.  You can see the nearly invisible seam in the photo above.

Let me know your thoughts and leave your comments below.

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