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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer and writer

How to work Kitchener Stitch in Garter Stitch

12 comments
  1. jenn says: 22 September 201510:22 pm

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! It is very helpful and is much appreciated!

  2. Chrissie says: 19 October 201512:32 pm

    Thank you for a great tutorial, the best one I found!

  3. Dawn says: 25 January 20164:46 pm

    many thanks for this – very much appreciated when I’d been brain fogged enough to make a blanket strip 4 rows too long.

  4. Liz says: 28 March 201612:19 am

    Excellent tutorial! Thanks for this, it’s really simple when you know how :-) and now I do know how.

  5. Sheila says: 16 November 20163:50 pm

    Thanks so much for this, very clearly explained and a godsend! Shoulder seams look so much neater and no video to rush me through it!

  6. Christine Donaldson says: 16 March 20174:47 pm

    Thanks for this – it’s very helpful. I think I am going wrong on the provisional cast on method for your jersey basket. I’m using a knitting needle and a crochet hook but the seam doesn’t sit well on the finished basket. How do you do your provisional cast on? Thank you.

  7. Mo Hand says: 20 May 20173:34 pm

    Wow brilliant explanation of the kitchener method able to perform it straight away Thank you

  8. Marguerite says: 20 May 20176:02 pm

    I don’t get it at all. I have read and reread your instructions along with others that say the very same thing about the knit stitches and the purl bumps. I end up with four rows on the inside that look al knit stockinette, and the outside looks like reverse stockinette. What am I doing wrong? I have tried this so many times, my yarn is getting frayed. Please help!

    • Jess says: 22 May 20179:32 am

      Hi Marguerite, the orientation of the stitches is really important for this method. Whether there are purl bumps or knit stitches directly under the needle depends on which row you finish on. Finishing on a wrong side row (in garter stitch) will give you purl bumps directly under the needle, and finishing on a right side row will give you knit stitches directly under the needle, so you may need to re-arrange the stitches on your needle to set this up. Feel free to pop me an email using the ‘say hi’ page if you’d like to talk it through in more detail! Best wishes, Jess

  9. Sheryl says: 31 May 201710:07 pm

    Great instructions…it worked perfectly, thanks!

  10. Alice says: 22 June 20179:19 am

    Thank you for saving me hours and hours of time. I miscounted rows and reversed more than half of a Tom Baker Doctor Who scarf. Thanks to your clear instructions I was able to separate it where the goof was, turn it around, and graft it back together.
    I’m kind of glad there wasn’t anyone around to hear me chanting, “Knit, off, purl,” though.

  11. Karen says: 22 May 201912:23 pm

    Thanks so much! Your instructions were clear and easy to follow. I will use them again, I am sure!

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