Kitchener Stitch Bind Off

Also known as grafting bind off and long tail tubular bind off (and probably a few other names). It matches the tubular cast-on. They both make the edges of 1×1 ribbing (k1, p1) look super snappy and make the edge stretchy without flaring. It’s worth learning and worth the extra time it takes to bind off this way, as seen on the hem & sleeve cuff of my Old Town cardi. (In an unusual turn of events, I appear to actually be patting myself on the back for nice finishing work. Weird.)

Edges bound off with kitchener stitch bind off

Today I learned that it’s also possible to “knit” kitchener stitch; I say “knit” and not knit because you’re still pulling the working yarn all the way through the stitches, you’re just using a knitting needle instead of a darning needle to do it. It’s probably a good way to learn kitchener stitch, but I’m going to stick with the darning needle, which is really just a short skinny knitting needle with a hole in it anyway.

6 responses to “Kitchener Stitch Bind Off”

  1. I used kitchener stitch to join the gusset on a wool soaker and preferred the darning needle. I also knitted the last row of each piece using smaller needles so that the finished stitches were more similar in size to the originals once I’d fiddled with them and joined them. It’s a very handy technique, the cuffs look lovely. 😊

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    1. It is a very handy technique – I always feel like a bit of a magician when I use it, too.

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  2. I’ve only heard of Kitchener stitch in relation to binding off toes of socks…never from a single piece of fabric. I’m intrigued and am going to check it out!

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    1. It’s really useful in a lot of different situations!

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  3. This stitch is really pretty simple, but for whatever reason, I can never remember how to do it, and I have to go back to my reference books to read the step-by-step every time!


    1. It might help to think of it this way: you’ve got knit stitches on your front needle, purls on the back. The first time you go into/process a stitch, you go in the opposite way of what the stitch is: purlwise for knit stitches, knitwise for purl stitches. The second time, you process it the way the stitch is and slip it off the needle (knitwise for knit stitches, purlwise for purl stitches).I just follow this and the rule of processing 2 stitches on each needle every turn (1 for the 2nd time, the other for the 1st). The only difference is the set up & the final 2 stitches, where you work 1 stitch on each needle. HTH!

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