This bind off uses a yarn or tapestry needle to create a row of stitches between the stitches on two parallel needles. This is used for the toes of socks, tops of mittens, seamless shoulders, and any other place where you want two sets of live stitches to be seamlessly woven together.

Rules of Formation

At first, Kitchener Stitch can seem daunting, but it is very easy once you understand that if always follows basic principles.

  1. Since you are mimicking worked stitches, remember that the yarn needle must go into each stitch on your knitting needle twice, once in each direction, because there are two “legs” in each loop/stitch.

  2. Analyze the stitch you are about to enter: are you looking at the knit "V" or the purl "bump"? Plan your entry and exit from that stitch based on whether it is a "knit" or "purl" stitch.

  3. The first time through the stitch, enter it the opposite direction that you would work it for the type of stitch.

  4. The second time, enter it the same way you would work it for the type of stitch, then slip it off the needle.

For example, when you are grafting between two pieces of Stockinette Stitch with the wrong sides together, it seems you are looking at a front layer that is ready to be knit and a back layer that is ready to purl. The first time you go into a stitch on the top (knit) layer, enter it purlwise (opposite). The second time, enter it knitwise (same) and slip it off the knitting needle.

For the back (purl) layer, the first time you enter the stitch, enter it knitwise (opposite), and the second time enter it purlwise (same) and slip it off the knitting needle.

(In this video, she has a small difference from my photo tutorial in that she does enter the source stitch for the yarn tail twice. Either way--hers or mine--is fine.)

See right side-bar for a downloadable PDF of the following photo tutorial that you can print off.

This bind off is used in the following patterns:

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