Southwest Stockings KAL: Part 3 Closing the toe and Kitchener stitch

Hello! Welcome to Day 3 of the Southwest Stockings Knit Along. Today we're going to close the toe of the sock and learn to graft stitches with the Kitchener stitch. The Kitchener stitch is something that gets a bad wrap in knitting but I think it's fun to work. We only have 12 stitches to close so it's just the right amount to learn on and practice your skills. Remember, you can always watch me work these steps on The Knit Show with Vickie Howell

Closing the toe of a sock

Here we are, we've worked all the stitches on the Fair Isle chart and we're ready to narrow the end of the sock to close around the toes.

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Break any remaining yarn colors and take a moment to admire your sock knitting accomplishment. To close the toe we work Rounds 1 and 2 of the toe section.

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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, k1, ssk, k to end.

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat these two rounds until 28 sts remain. Here's what the toe will look like at this point.

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Then we continue to work Round 1 until just 12 stitches remain. 3 on each needle.

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How to work the Kitchener Stitch

To get ready for the Kitchener stitch we need to have all the stitches organized in a specific way. We're going to take it down to just two needles -- here's how. Knit across 3 sts on Needle 1 to set up for Kitchener Stitch. Slip stitches from Needle 2 on to Needle 3. There should now be 12 sts arranged on 2 needles with 6 sts on each.

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Arrange the needles with wrong sides facing each other and the yarn coming from the first stitch on the back needle. Cut yarn leaving an 18” tail. Thread a darning needle with the yarn tail.

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Now we're ready to get started! We are going to be knitting and purling these stitches but we use the threaded yarn needle to work them. We get started with two setup sittches.

Kitchener Setup: Insert the yarn through the first stitch on the FRONT needle as if to PURL and pull yarn through leaving the stitch on the needle. Insert the yarn through the first stitch on the BACK needle as if to KNIT and pull yarn through leaving the stitch on the needle.

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Step 1: Insert yarn through the first stitch on the FRONT needle as if to KNIT. Slip the stitch OFF the needle.

Step 2: Insert yarn through the next stitch on the FRONT needle as if to PURL. Leave the stitch ON the needle.

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Step 3: Insert the yarn through the first stitch on the BACK needle as if to PURL. Slip the stitch OFF the needle.

Step 4: Insert the yarn through the next stitch on the BACK needle as if to KNIT. Leave the stitch ON the needle.

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Repeat Steps 1-4 across the row adjusting the yarn and stitch tension to match your knitting. Weave in all yarn ends.

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There we go! The toe is closed and it just looks like another row of knitting. The best part is that there's no uncomfortable seam inside that would irratate your little tootsies. 

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Take the time to securely weave in the yarn tail from the Kitchener stitch. 

And there! We have a finished sock! Can you believe it? If you're making the Cozy Socks now is the time to get started on the second sock. A finished pair is always better than having one cold foot so be sure to work all the way to the end.

If you're knitting the Christmas Stocking then meet me back here on Tuesday for the finishing steps like making a hang loop and an adorable pom pom to adorn the top. 

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