Kitchener stitch in the round can be fiddly, especially if you are using Magic Loop. This video shows you how to overcome all the tricky bits so you get a perfectly seamless continuous tube every time.
Video: How to Do Kitchener Stitch in the Round
This method works for Magic Loop as well as regular round knitting on circular needles.
Thank you to Knit Purl Hunter for providing the basics of this Kitchener in the round tutorial.
For a step-by-step photo tutorial of Kitchener stitch, a downloadable cheat sheet, and lots of Kitchener stitch tips and tricks, see our Complete Video Guide to Seaming Your Knitting With Kitchener Stitch.
Place your provisional cast-on stitches onto a circular needle.
Cut the tail yarn to leave 4x the circumference of the tube to be seamed. Put the tail yarn on a tapestry needle.
Fold your knitted tube so that the provisional cast-on circular needle is in the back and the working stitches are on the circular needle in the front. Bring the last stitches of the back needle of the back tube up to the back of the first stitches of the front tube. Ignore the needles in the middle.
Place a marker into the first stitch on the front needle of the working stitches and into the first stitch on the back needle of the provisional stitches.
There are no setup stitches needed for Kitchener in the round.
Kitchener in the round is worked as for regular Kitchener stitch. Repeat the following sequence:
1. FRONT NEEDLE: Feed the tapestry needle knitwise through the first stitch. Remove stitch.
2. FRONT NEEDLE: Feed the tapestry needle purlwise through the second stitch. Leave stitch on.
3. BACK NEEDLE: Feed the tapestry needle purlwise through the first stitch. Remove stitch.
4. BACK NEEDLE: Feed the tapestry needle knitwise through the second stitch. Leave stitch on.
When you have one stitch left on each needle, work the following sequence:
Work step 1 above. Place the reserved stitch with the marker on the needle. Feed the tapestry needle purlwise through the stitch. Remove the stitch.
Work step 3 above. Place the reserved stitch with the marker on the needle. Feed the tapestry needle knitwise through the stitch. Remove the stitch.
Weave in ends using duplicate stitch. Use ends to close any remaining gaps in the fabric.