Fie On Thee, O Dreaded Kitchener Stitch!

The first time I tried this stitch, trying to read the directions from a website as I was stitching, it ended up a mess.  I was frustrated!  I understood the progression from stitch to stitch.  I got it! But my first attempt was a disaster.Not one to easily give up, I undid what I’d done on my practice piece (you don’t think I would have tried this on my real sock, did you?  No way!) I tried it again.  And again. I didn’t want to give up.  Stubborn persistent, yeah? I knew that I could take a class tomorrow night and have the teacher show me how.  But I still wanted to see if I could figure it out myself. 

So I tried it again.  And I got it!  It’s not perfect, but I know now that I can do it.  I will do a couple of more practice runs tomorrow, and then attempt the real one on my very first pair of socks, which I’ve never finished. 

I didn’t take any photos today; so here’s one of a blanket that I made for one of my friends from back home to give to his friend’s new baby girl:


And here’s a photo of my late-blooming Christmas cactus that I bought at an estate sale for only $5.00!



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3 Responses to Fie On Thee, O Dreaded Kitchener Stitch!

  1. debbie says:

    after many many socks later, whenever i come to the kitchener for the toe of a sock, i tell everyone in my family not to talk to me, or i isolate myself in the room-door locked….

  2. Tallguy says:

    Oh, no!! Kitchener is soooooo easy! I love doing it! I guess no one told me it was difficult, so I never learned that. I just went and did it, and there was no problem.

    There is a really good idea (for those of you that still have trouble) on Lucy Neatby’s site in the Bosun’s Locker. I’ve done that a few times; took a class from her last year, and really like the way she joins shoulders! Grafting is so much neater, and so easy to do — really! But then, I also like doing duplicate stitch (which is the same thing as grafting).

  3. Diane says:

    I learned how to kitchener by practicing with waste yarn. I casted on about 20 stitches, divided them on two double points and kitchenered them off. Cut the yarn and did it again a few more times. Now I can do it in my sleep.

    In order to get the yarn into the “right place” you can either do the last toe decrease and kitchener from there or knit to the end of the back foot row and kitchener going the other way. The one row difference is on the back of the foot and really doesn’t show or effect the sock at all.

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