Ready, Set, Stitch: Kitchener Stitch Simplified

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This is a method for joining a knitted hem that resuslts in a completely invisible finish. The process is very similar to Kitchener stitch, but not identical since you have only one row of live stitches to join to a row of purl bumps inside the knitted fabric.

 

Pass tapestry needle through the first stitch of front needle as if to purl. Drop this stitch from needle.

Pass tapestry needle upward through the corresponding purl bump on the knitted fabric.

Pass tapestry needle downward through the next purl bump in the row.

Pass tapestry needle in the just dropped st.

Repeat Steps 1-4

After the first stitch, it’s possible to speed up the join, working Steps 4 and 1 and Steps 2-3 in one single movement.

In this way, the stitch is performed in just 2 steps:

Pass tapestry needle in the previously dropped st and through the first stitch of front needle as if to purl. Drop this stitch from needle.

Pass tapestry needle upward through the corresponding purl bump and downward through the next bump.

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