Do you have to look up instructions for Kitchener stitch every time you have to work it? Learn and memorize it by using economized moves and by training your eyes and fingers to work together. We’ll work it in stockinette stitch first, then proceed to garter stitch, and then to ribbing. Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting! You can do it. Once you become comfortable with the technique, we’ll look at samples of existing patterns for opportunities to refine your knitting. By exchanging one of these grafts for what is called for in the pattern, you can plan your way to a more professional finished look.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off
Make 3 swatches as follows. Swatch #1: Cast on 40 sts. Rows 1, 3, 5: Knit. Rows 2, 4, 6: Purl. Row 7: K20 and stop. Leaving a 24-inch tail, break yarn. Bring work to class on needles. Swatch #2: Cast on 40 sts. Rows 1–8: Knit. Row 9: K20 and stop. Leaving a 24-inch tail, break yarn. Bring work to class on needles. Swatch #3: Cast on 40 sts. Rows 1, 3, 5: (K2, p2) five times, (p2, k2) five times. Rows 2, 4: (P2, k2) five times, (k2, p2) five times. Row 6: (P2, k2) five times and stop. Leaving a 24-inch tail, break yarn. Bring work to class on needles.
Supplies for Class:
Gauge and needle size are not critical for class work. Select needles appropriate for the yarn you choose; circulars or straights will work equally well. Three sets of needles are required, as they will be holding live stitches in your homework swatches. Yarn from your stash will suffice; worsted to bulky weight is recommended; select only smooth, multi-ply yarn in a color light enough to see well. No single-ply, splitty, or fuzzy yarns, please. Bring a blunt-tip tapestry needle.