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Technique Tuesday: Kitchener's Stitch to absorb length

Kitchener’s stitch can also be used to absorb unwanted length in knitting. If you have ever worked a sweater and then decided that it is too long or worked with a summer fiber only to have it stretch and lengthen beyond what you would like then this is a way to shorten the garment without reknitting.

Kitchener’s to absorb length

Begin by threading a contrasting piece of waste yarn onto the tapestry needle, thread this yarn through a row of V’s only threading the needle from back to front through the right hand side of the V. This will serve as a guideline for when you are working the grafting between two rows of knitting. Repeat for a second row of stitches at least 2” lower than the first.

Step 1: Bring the threaded tapestry needle up back to front through the first V on the bottom marked row
Step 2: Bring the tapestry needle behind both strands of the V on the upper marked row
Step 3: Bring the tapestry needle back down through the V you just came up from on the bottom marked row and up through the center of the next V directly to the left.

Repeat Steps 2-3.

A note on fibers: If you are using a 'sticky' fiber such as wool you will want to tension as you go, which means to pull the yarn to the correct tension so the grafted row blends in with the rest of the knitting. If you are using a 'smooth' fiber such as linen you can graft at a looser tension and then after completing a few inches of grafting go along and retension the grafting. This technique is not a good idea for anything with mohair, seriously, just save yourself the insanity.

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1 comment

  • Carole M

    This is brilliant

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