Working The Kitchener Stitch

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Here is my pair of longies all ready for the Kitchener stitch to graft the crotch seam.

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If you look at the stitches on my dpns (double pointed needles) you can see that the stitches on the upper
needle are purls and the stitches on the lower needle are knits.

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Using the tail of yarn left for sewing, enter the first stitch on the bottom (a knit) purlwise (think of it as the “wrong” way).

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Pull the yarn through and now enter the first stitch on the top needle (a purl) knitwise (again, think “wrong”).

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Pull the yarn through and enter the first stitch on the bottom needle again, but this time enter it
knitwise or the “right” way (knits go with knits, purls go with purls – your entering the stitch the “right” way).

When you enter a stitch the “right” way, you get to take it off the needle. So slip that stitch off the neele
and give it a slight tug to snug it up. You want to snug it up not pull it overly tight.

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Enter the next stitch on the bottom needle the “wrong” way (purlwise). The pattern here is now going to be
wrong way, right way – off, wrong way, right way – off, wrong way, right way – off, etc. You will always enter a stitch the wrong way,
enter the stitch on the opposite needle the right way, slip the stitch off, enter the next stitch on that needle
the wrong way, then enter the first stitch on the opposite needle the right way and slip it off.

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