Monday, August 10, 2015

Kitchener Stitch Fail

I learned to knit when I was 16, which means I've been knitting for the better part of three decades. I've tried many different types of stitches. I've completed many, many projects. If it's knitting and I haven't done it, I probably have seen it done, and I could probably do it.

But not Kitchener stitch.

Kitchener stitch is a way of grafting two pieces of knitting together so that the piece then looks seamless. It's a great idea in theory. And it's not really that hard to do. I've seen it demonstrated many, many times. I've attempted it many, many times.

And every time the thing comes out looking sad and pathetic.

So, I was between projects, and I saw this hat demonstrated on Knitting Daily. It was cute. And I knew I could do it. Only, the thing was bound off using a tubular bind-off, which requires the use of Kitchener stitch.

Oh, maybe I'll be able to make it work this time.


After working the four set up rows and preparing everything, I did the Kitchener procedure and this is what I got. Not how it's supposed to look.

Rather than make myself crazier, I ripped that all out (including the four set up rows) and just did a bind off that I knew would work. It doesn't look as nice as the tubular, but at least I maintained my sanity...


It's still a pretty beret...


(I haven't had a chance to block it, yet. But you can still get the idea.)

Of course, I have no need for a lacy beret, so I have no idea what I'm going to do with it.

26 comments:

  1. That last line made me chuckle.
    Looks good to me!

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  2. I like your beret better! To heck with the kitchener stitch. Do your thing!

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    1. Thanks. The pattern's bind off gives a cleaner look, but it's only for that one part.

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  3. I'll take it! Will you make any for Etsy?

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    1. That's a thought. I might have to put it up there.

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  4. It is pretty :) Maybe you'll have to go to France to wear it!

    betty

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    1. An excellent idea. Although, I'd need to make one in orange if I ever planned to actually wear it.

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  5. My mom knits but I can't knit a thing, so I give you kudos for all you do and attempt to make.

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  6. Well, you found a way that worked and it came out cute. That's what's important :)

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  7. I learned how to knit once (beginner stuff) but never stuck with it. Too many other crafty things I like to do. I do wish I could knit a nice scarf with all my favorite colors though...

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  8. I had a lot of trouble with the Kitchener stitch until I found a great how to video. It can be found on youtube. It's titled Memorize the Kitchener Stitch" by L2Belt.
    It was the best help for me.
    I love the hat. Hats are one of my favorite items to knit.

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  9. It is a beauty. I love the color! I would bet you could sell them!

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    1. That's a thought. How much would you pay for one?

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  10. I can't do any stitch! I was in the 4H club for a bit and even my sad looking pot holder-a basic square was so lopsided that no one could figure out how I could screw something like that up....but I did:) I like the hate and I like the flower look on the top-nice colour!

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  11. Wow! That is amazing. My girl loves berets, but we have to buy them :)

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  12. It's a very pretty beret! I'd wear it!

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  13. It's lovely and a great color! Can you sell it at the flea markets while you are sunning yourself? (Sunburn joke.)

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  14. I did a kitchener stitch to connect two pieces of a shawl. It worked really well, but I'm not sure how I would do with a project like this. I learned to knit when I was eight, but didn't do much once I grew up...until a few years ago when I picked it up again. Thank God for YouTube! It's the only way I can do some of these stitches.

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    1. It's called a tubular bind off. The last row is grafted together giving a no-bind off look.

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  15. It took me a little while to get the hang of kitchener and I think it took a couple of different photo explanations before I really got the hang of it. It's funny how something that makes no sense in one explanation but does in another.

    Your hat looks lovely.

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    1. I completely understand the concept. If I lay the pieces out and visually work my way through, I can get a decent graft. But if I follow the instructions, it comes out wonky every time. And I've tried it a lot.

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  16. Very pretty hat. I love the color and your stitching is wonderful. Not much use for light hats in Minnesota, as we are forced to wear hats to keep our ears from getting frostbit for months. Rarely see other hats except those to keep scalps from getting sunburned.

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