Does Kitchener stitch add a row?
When you graft using Kitchener stitch, you use a darning needle to insert a perfect row of knitting between two pre-existing rows for a join that is utterly invisible. You may find grafting a little daunting at first, but persevere—you’ll be a Kitchener expert in no time and the result will be worth the effort.
Is there an alternative to Kitchener Stitch?
The Finchley graft is an easy to remember alternative to the Kitchener stitch for joining 2 rows of live knitting stitches.
How much tail do you need for Kitchener Stitch?
Cut the yarn so that the tail is approximately four times the length of the row of stitches. For example, if the live stitches are about 5 inches wide on the needle when spread out comfortably, then cut the yarn with a tail approximately 20 inches long.
Why is it called Kitchener Stitch?
During the First World War it is said that Herbert Kitchener, British Secretary of State for War, prompted the invention of a special graft for socks to prevent chafing. It came to be known as ‘the Kitchener Stitch’.
How long is a tail in Kitchener?
The long tail should be at least three times longer than the width of the piece. If you work with thick needles (as I do in this tutorial), leave a tail that is four times longer than the width of the piece.