Part 4: Closing the toe and Kitchener Stitch

Welcome to Part 4 of the Stuff It Stocking knit along! We're on the home stretch and today we're going to decrease this stocking right off the needles. We'll be working the toe and finishing with the Kitchener Stitch.

Changing colors at the toe

Toe

Cut Colors B and C. Change to Color A and knit to the last 3 stitches on Needle 1, knit 2 together then knit 1.

Decreasing at the toe of a sock

Work Needle 2 as knit 1, SSK, knit to the end of the needle.

Needle 3 knits as for Needle 1 with: knit to the last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1.

And Needle 4 knits as for Needle 2: knit 1, SSK, knit to the end of the needle. You have completed Round 1 and decreased 4 stitches. Now knit the next round.

You'll be working these two rounds for the majority of the toe. Let's read it as it's written in the Stuff It Stocking knitting pattern:

Round 1: K to the last 3 sts on needle 1, K2tog, K1; needle 2, K1, SSK, K to end; needle 3, K to the last 3 sts, K2tog, K1; needle 4, K 1, SSK, K to end.

Round 2: K all sts.

Repeat these two rounds until 28 sts remain.

Decreasing at the toe of a sock

Once you are down to 28 stitches (you should have 7 stitches on each needle) repeat only Round 1 until 8 sts remain.

Preparing for Kitchener Stitch

You will now have 2 stitches on each needle. Knit across the two stitches on Needle 1.

Preparing for Kitchener Stitch

Redistribute the stitches from Needles 1 & 4 on to one needle and Needles 2 & 3 on another needle. Hold them parallel. Cut the yarn leaving an 18" tail. 

How to knit Kitchener Stitch

Flip the stocking over so the yarn is coming from the back needle. Thread a yarn needle with the tail. We are now ready to begin the Kitchener Stitch.

How to knit Kitchener Stitch

Kitchener Stitch 

Step 1: Insert the needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to PURL. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch leaving the stitch on the front needle.

How to knit Kitchener Stitch

Step 2: Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to KNIT. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch leaving the stitch on the back needle.

How to work Kitchener Stitch

Step 3: Insert the needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to PURL. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch and off the front needle.

How to sew Kitchener Stitch

Step 4: Insert the needle through the first stitch on the front needle as if to PURL. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch leaving it on the front needle.

How to work Kitchener Stitch

Step 5: Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to PURL. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch and off the front needle.

Sewing the Kitchener Stitch

Step 6: Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to KNIT. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch leaving it on the back needle.

Repeat Steps 3-6 until all the stitches have been worked. 

Finishing the Kitchener Stitch

Step 6: Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to KNIT. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch leaving it on the back needle.

Repeat Steps 3-6 until all the stitches have been worked. 

Finishing the toe of a sock, grafting

If you don't get it on the first try that's ok! Working the Kitchener Stitch takes practice and time. It's a strange technique to graft live stitches together with a yarn needle. Just remember not to pull the stitches to tight with every step. Remember you're adding a new row of knitting not making a seam.

Secure your last stitch and weave in your yarn end. You just knit a whole sock!

Check in again on Thursday, December 18 for Part 5.

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