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does anyone have any hints for working the kitchner stitch? I just finished my first sock and am so proud of it! Last night, I tried to finish the toe with the kitchner stitch and completely messed it up! I have no idea what I did, but I dropped stitches and ended having to rip out everything back to before the toe decreases. Now I'm afraid to try it again. I watched videos on u tube and followed instructions in books, but it just hasn't clicked yet. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!
 

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Thank you Courier770 for the Knitting Daily suggestion. I found a tutorial on there that was SO easy to follow. I finished my first sock and I am so very proud. I'm so glad that I didn't take one of the easy ways out on the toe because it looks really beautiful. Now I see what is meant by grafting- there's no seam! It looks like you knitted around and over the toe in one motion! Made my day! Thank you everyone for the help. I don't know what I did before I found this site. The Knitting Daily site looks really good too. Now all I have to do is divide my time between knitting and reading about knitting!
 

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ginsu88 said:
I also had trouble with this stitch. Try casting on some stitches on another set of needles and work a couple of rows. Then practice kitchner untill it works for you. Good luck.
Thanks for the suggestion. I am going to do that and become comfortable with it before I finish the other sock.
 

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Kitchener Stitch (or Grafting)
This technique joins live stitches together in an elastic, invisible seam. The method can also be used over bound-off stitches to make a strong, stable seam.
With an equal number of stitches on two needles, and right sides facing up, hold the needles parallel to each other with points facing right. Thread a blunt tapestry needle with two to three times the length of the area to be joined. For live stitches, work as follows:
Step 1: Insert threaded needle into the first stitch on the front needle purlwise (as if to purl); leave stitch on needle.
Step 2: Insert needle into the first stitch on the back needle knitwise (as if to knit); leave stitch on needle.
Step 3: Insert needle into the same first stitch on the front needle knitwise slip stitch off needle.
Step 4: Insert needle into the second stitch on the front needle purlwise (as if to purl); leave stitch on needle.
Step 5: Insert needle into the first stitch on the back needle purlwise (as if to purl); slip stitch off the needle
Step 6: Insert needle into the second stitch on the back needle knitwise (as if to knit); leave stitch on needle.

rep steps 3 -6
Gracie


Also if you begin on needle closest to you (front)

purl on{{First 2 needles are foundation }}
knit on (back)
knit off, purl on (front)
purl off, knit on ( back)

rep to end.

hope this helps
 

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You can use the grafting stitches in place of seaming shoulders on sweaters. It works particularly well on thick and thin yarn, or bulky yarn. No big lumpy seams. I am sure there may be other uses as well. Hope we will get other suggestions. I love to knit socks. They are a small project that can go anywhere you go. After a few pairs, you can almost complete them with out looking at the pattern all the time. Nancy Bush is a fantastic sock expert. Check out her books in the library before purchasing. An interesting read. Good luck !!
 
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