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You might not have a tapestry needle handy when you get to the bind-off on your top-down socks. This video shows you how to do Kitchener stitch using a spare knitting needle instead of a tapestry needle so you can wear your top-down socks without waiting another minute!

Video: How to Do Kitchener Stitch Without a Tapestry Needle





How to Do Kitchener Stitch Without a Tapestry Needle - KnitFreedom.com
How to Do Kitchener Stitch Without a Tapestry Needle - KnitFreedom.com



Difficulty: Advanced

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How to understand this bind-off without having to learn a completely "new" technique:

  • To feed the yarn through the stitch knitwise, purl. Pull the yarn through.
  • To feed the yarn through the stitch purlwise, knit. Pull the yarn through.

Watch the video to see what I mean.

Thank you to Knitting I Love for providing the basics of this Kitchener without a tapestry needle 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.




Instructions

To prepare:
- Cut the yarn tail as for normal Kitchener stitch (3x the width of stitches to be bound off, plus 6 inches for weaving in).
- Tension the yarn tail in your fingers as for knitting (American or Continental style).

Setup: Work steps 2 and 4 below once.

Repeat:

  1. Front needle: Purl the first stitch and pull the yarn through. Take the stitch off.
  2. Front needle: Knit the first stitch and pull the yarn through. Leave the stitch on.
  3. Back needle: Knit the first stitch and pull the yarn through. Take the stitch off.
  4. Back needle: Purl the first stitch and pull the yarn through. Leave the stitch on.

To finish: When you have 1 stitch left on each needle, work steps 1 and 3 above once.





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