Sunday, February 14, 2010

Kitchener Stitch on garter, stockinette and even ribbing! Coming March 2, 2010

On March 2, the Spring 2010 Interweave Knits will hit the newsstands, and, among the interesting patterns and fascinating articles will be an article by TECHknitter (that's me!) about Kitchener Stitching (also called grafting).

TECHknitting blog has already shown how to Kitchener stitch stockinette in an easy way, using a knitting needle rather than a sewing needle, but this magazine article covers different ground.

Specifically, article shows how to use a tapestry needle to Kitchener stitch any fabric according to a formula, whether garter stitch, stockinette, reverse stockinette. In addition, there will be a new "unvention:" a method for grafting ribbing without the dreaded half-stitch jog (could also be applied to grafting seed stitch in pattern).

There will be scads of illustrations and a handy chart summarizing all.

I hope you will like it!



Blogger Andrea said...

Awesome! (and CONGRATULATIONS! )
I'll definitely be buying that issue.

February 14, 2010 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger kmkat said...

Yay for you! (And to think I *knew* you when...)

February 14, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger PenCraft said...

I can't wait! Sounds very cool.

February 14, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger A. Warped, knitter said...

I'll be looking for it! I started reading this blog regularly and recommending it to any knitter I met because of your excellent well-thought out posts on grafting.

February 14, 2010 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Oh, bless you! That will be helpful for sure. Congratulations!

February 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Congratulations TECHKNITTER!!! I was already planning on buying it for a sweater but will for sure now! Like others - to think "I knew you when".

February 14, 2010 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger BarbSz said...

Very COOL :)

February 14, 2010 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

How funny!!! I just looked through your archive this week for Kitchener help! Thanks by the way. Also found in my search, instructions in a knitting book published in 1942 for Kitchener done very close to YOUR way. EZ was right, there's nothing new under the knitter's sun. Not a knock on you, honest, but sometimes I feel like no one should ever try to "claim" a pattern, we're all modifying from some other design, right???

February 14, 2010 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Chantal B said...

We all love your teatching!

February 14, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Cheryl S. said...

Wonderful! Looking forward to it.

February 14, 2010 at 7:32 PM  
Anonymous Kelli said...

Yay! I do love your articles.

February 14, 2010 at 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

It has been a while since I bought an IK, but these tutorials are tempting me, and feel like a reason to get a copy of this issue.

February 15, 2010 at 3:57 AM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...


Oh yeah! I knew that someone had to have figured that out before--it's actually a fairly obvious extension of the Kitchener stitch with a sewing needle.

The wonderful thing about the internet is that from here on out, all this stuff is going to be SEARCHABLE, so once an idea debuts in public, it won't get LOST again.

I am confident that so very many wonderful knitting ideas were developed, and then lost--after all, if a person knits professionally for a life time, there is no way they can't have figured out any number of amazingly useful tricks. Sadly, in a time of limited mobility and communication, the only people who can have learned the amazing tricks all had to have lived nearby, and when the "knitting way of life" was lost, so were the tricks. (All hail the internet--the keeper of knowledge that can't get LOST any more!)

Bottom line: you are so right! We are only "unventers," not inventors--I am confident every single trick that's ever jumped into my head has been worked out before--and probably many, many times!


February 15, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...

I love your blog which I discovered when googling how to knit below the stitch...your illustrations are wonderful for this visual learner!

I can't wait for the magazine! One that I subscribe to also!

February 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Julie the LakeHouse Lady said...

So glad to hear that your talents will be in Knits! I used your tutorial for kitchener stitch last week, after trying it with three other tuts...finally got it with your help!

February 15, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I use your knitting-needle way of doing Kitchener stitch every time. It's the way that makes sense to me and I rarely get lost midway--and then not for long. Yay! Thank you muchly. I have a link to your blog on mine, Knits Gone Bad.

February 16, 2010 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Thanks to All for the kind words!

February 16, 2010 at 7:23 AM  
Anonymous RosemaryRiveter said...

Would you believe I came to your blog on Valentine's day looking for grafting tips? I've signed up for Interweave specifically so I can get this article of yours. Garter grafting with a sewing needle still confounds me.

Thank you for your wonderful timing, and you can tell interweave your article got them at least one new subscription in California!

February 16, 2010 at 11:34 AM  
OpenID knitthehellout said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see it!

February 17, 2010 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger C said...

Congrats!! Sounds like it will be another enlightening article. Will definitely be buying that issue!

February 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh, I can't wait for that! Reading the little article in the back of Reversible Knits was a grafting epiphany for me. Helped me to understand more, but I still have questions! You are always enlightening!

February 18, 2010 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Evelyn said...

Mine arrived today and I was so happy to see you in there! I will study your article in detail in the next few days.

February 19, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger GJabouri said...

Thank you - that is a great article!

February 20, 2010 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Michele in said...

I just received my subscription issue in the mail on Friday and I was so happy to see another article by you in Knits!

I have learned so much from your blog. It is great to know so many other knitters will get to benefit from your clear and thorough instructions.

February 21, 2010 at 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Harriet said...

Only problem is that I need that information NOW!! Oh well, I guess the cabled headband will have to wait, ungrafted, until the new issue.

February 22, 2010 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger ~buzzybee~ said...

Sounds complex, but also sounds like useful arsenal to have on hand when required!! Look forward to the release.

February 22, 2010 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Rows Red said...

Congratulations! I look forward to seeing the feature.

I can't find any contact information for you, so please forgive me for asking here. I'm going to feature your blog on one of my own tomorrow, and I'd like to use one of your illustrations as a visual representation of your work. The picture would link back to your blog, if you agree. Is that all right?

February 22, 2010 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Yes, it is excellent. When I saw the author, I said, "of course!"

I like the algorithm.

February 23, 2010 at 6:04 AM  
Blogger terip said...

so i need some information on grafting live stitches to knitted ones, any chance there is info in yoru article on that? or do you have some information you can foward

i am very excited that you will be published in IK, congrats to you!

February 23, 2010 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Diana Troldahl said...

Just got my copy today, well done!!

February 23, 2010 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi Teri: The article does contain information about grafting live stitches to bound off ones--which is actually the trick for grafting ribbing. (It's not a perfect solution, BTW, but it's better than the alternatives.)

To All who have written: Thanks for your kind words.


February 23, 2010 at 9:43 PM  
Anonymous charity said...

That is nice to know...easy to learn this way the very hard methods and c0oncepts of stitching.

February 27, 2010 at 1:33 AM  
Anonymous jartiyer said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful

March 2, 2010 at 1:42 PM  
Anonymous PaulPurl said...

I just bought my copy for your article. As I flipped through it, I spied the diagrams of your article and said, "I know that artwork! Here's what I'm looking for."

Great work, TK!

March 5, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Peggy said...

I'm running right out to buy this issue! Your site is absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for providing us with such wonderfully detailed directions.

Best wishes for continued success in this endeavor.

March 7, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hurray! I am so glad that folks are finding this useful. I did wonder when I was writing it whether it wasn't too convoluted.

Thanks for your kind words, everyone.

March 8, 2010 at 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you tons!!! So glad you are not hiding your light under a bushel. And enormouse glad that, through Knitter's, your 'gift' will reach 100's.

Thank you for the hours you give to us. peace, Elizabeth

March 10, 2010 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Kimberlyn said...

Fabulous article - thank you so much for sharing your excellent skills with us all.

March 11, 2010 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger vixstiefel said...

Congrats! I have the issue and the article rocks.

March 13, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So exciting! I'm wondering if I could translate this information into kitchenering a cable. I tried it recently and lost my mind.

April 5, 2010 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Dear Anon--Kitchenering (grafting) a cable is a subset of grafting a fabric which goes from purl (columns alongside cable) to stockinette (across the cable itself) and back to purl (the columns along the other side of the cable). If you follow the chart in the article, you can do this by classifying the next stitch, then grafting it according to the chart. However, it might even be easier to do (and avoid the half-stitch jog) if you follow the trick for grafting stockinette head to head--that is, grafting from one live fabric to one bound off fabric. also part of the article.

Good luck! --TK

April 6, 2010 at 8:39 AM  
Anonymous slippers and sandals said...

appreciate your blog

April 16, 2010 at 2:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just used your article to Kitchener my first sock toe and it came out perfect!! Thank you so much--all of a sudden this technique became so understandable. I just repeated to myself: yarn forward, knit, drop bloody stitch off needle, purl, yarn back, purl, drop bloody loop off needle, knit. (okay, maybe I was being unfair to the poor stitches). You have really enabled me to become a better knitter.

July 9, 2010 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Help! I own a LYS and need to know how to kitchener a k2 p2 rib... We carry IP books and mags, but that one is gone gone gone! What to do?

Jill from Yarns in the Farms

August 23, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi Jill--Sorry your issue is missing. But, no particular harm done, because the article didn't specifically mention k2p2. In any event, the answer would take much too much space for a comment answer, and requires diagrams, besides. So, may I suggest that you google this? Alternatively, in the Vogue Knitting spring issue, there is also an article on how to Kitchener, and perhaps that ribbing is covered there.

Best, TK

August 23, 2010 at 4:39 PM  

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