kitchener stitch. How to sew together knitted fabric with no seam line. Why learn Kitchener Stitch?. Kitchener stitch creates a join that is difficult to see or feel. It’s most appropriate in areas where a seam would be mildly or very uncomfortable.
How to sew together knitted fabric with no seam line
… and now you’re left with a hole at the toe. In the image below, the stitches that remain after decrease are turquoise.
In this tutorial, “active” unfinished stitches will be in bright colors, and stitches that are finished will be dark. Here, black shows stitches that are finished.
If you were to kitchener stitch the active stitches only, when you were finished you’d still have a little slit in the sock …the pink line shown here.
Holes in the toes can be as annoying as a seam, so pick up a completed stitch at both ends of both needles.
Adding new yarn at the toe, even if it is just woven in can be uncomfortable after a day of wear. Instead leave a long tail of yarn. The tail is red and is now on a darning needle.
The yarn tail is now in an inconvenient position. It begins on the last active stitch and crosses over the top of the finished stitches you just picked up.
Using the darning needle, pull the tail through the first finished stitch on the back needle.
You can now begin the setup for kitchener. Pull the yarn through the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl. Leave the stitch on the needle.
Now pull the yarn through the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit. Leave the stitch on the needle.
Go back to the front needle and pull the yarn through as if to knit.
You can now slip the first stitch on the front needle off the needle and immediately set up the first front active stitch by pulling the tail through it “as if to purl”.
You then move to the back needle, run the tail through the first stitch as if to purl, slip off, set up the next back stitch by pulling the yarn as if to knit, move back to the front needle.
By continuing this pattern from right to left you will end up at the left end of the toe with what looks and feels like a row of stockinette stitch.