Kitchener stitch

Kitchener stitch can be used to join two pieces of knitting together. With practice, this technique can produce a seamless effect.

 

Place the stitches to be joined on two needles with the same number of stitches on each. Hold the needles parallel to each other with the points to the right. Using a yarn tail 3-4 times the length of area to be grafted, place the yarn tail on a yarn needle and

  1. Bring the needle through the first stitch on the front needle (a knit stitch) as if to purl. Leave the stitch on the needle.
  2. Bring the needle through the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit and leave the stitch on the needle.
  3. Bring the needle through the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit, then drop this stitch off the needle. Bring the needle through the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl, leaving the stitch on the needle.
  4. Bring the needle through the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl and drop this stitch off the back needle. Bring the needle through the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit, leaving the stitch on the needle.

Repeat steps three and four until no more stitches remain.

Note: There are many tutorials on the web that show this technique.

I-Cord

I-cord is a very useful technique. It can be used to create decorative effects or used practically as in belts and straps or even fingers for gloves.

It can be knit on a various number of stitches. The basic directions are the same.

The main difference for this knitting is that you do not turn to knit each row. Before knitting a row you slide the stitches back to the right end of the needle and knit the row from right to left, tugging slightly more on the first stitch to tighten the horizontal band that will form at the back. It is also useful to tug the knitting downwards to *set* the I-cord stitches into the tube shape.

3 stitch I-Cord.

  • Cast on 3 stitches using double pointed needles.
  • Row 1: Move stitches to the right side of the needle, ready to work. Pulling yarn tight, K3
  • Repeat row 1, without turning work, until desired length is reached.

Remember to tug slightly more on the first stitch to tighten the horizontal band that will form at the back. It is also useful to tug the knitting downwards to *set* the I-cord stitches into the tube shape.

Square knot

A square knot will be secure and not slip.

Holding one end of item to be tied (thread, yarn, i-cord) in each hand, place the right end over the left and bring what was the right end underneath and pull it towards the left. You now have reversed the ends. Now bring the left end over the right, and bring what was the left end underneath and pull it towards the right. Pull on the ends to tighten.

Color changes in stripes

This technique can be used to reduce the jog effect when knitting stripes in the round

At the end of the first round of a new color, pick up a loop from the first stitch in the round below (previous color) and place it on the left needle. Knit that stitch together with the first stitch of the next round (new color).

Crochet bind off for knitters

Crochet bind offs can add a touch of elegance to your knitting.

 

Place crochet hook through the first stitch on the left hand needle knitwise, wrap and pull a loop through, dropping the original stitch off the needle. Pull another loop through the stitch on the crochet hook. *Place crochet hook through next stitch on needle as if to knit, wrap and pull a loop through, dropping stitch off the needle (2 stitches on crochet hook), wrap and pull another loop through both stitches on crochet hook (1 stitch on the crochet hook); repeat from * until all stitches have been worked. Pull yarn through last stitch securing it.