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How do you do the Kitchener stitch?

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The Kitchener stitch involves moving a threaded needle through two knitted pieces in a pattern similar to a knit, purl, purl, knit fashion to connect them. It can be done with the tail of one of the knitted pieces or with a separate piece of yarn.

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To connect two edges of stockinette stitch, start with the stitches on two needles with the purl sides facing each other and the points of the needles to the right. If using the tail of one of the pieces for the stitches, it is a good idea if the tail comes from the back piece. The tail should be about three times the length of the edge that needs to be connected.

To start, on the front needle, go through the first stitch from back to front, as if doing a purl stitch, without pulling the stitch off the needle. Next, on the back needle, go through the first stitch from front to back, similar to a knit stitch, without pulling the stitch off the needle.

Now, for the first step of the Kitchener stitch, on the front needle, go through the first stitch, as if knitting, and pull the stitch from the needle. Again on the front needle, go through the next stitch, as if purling, and do not pull the stitch from the needle. Now, on the back needle, again go through the stitch as if purling and pull the stitch from the needle.

On the back needle again, go through the next stitch in a knitting fashion without pulling the stitch from the needle. Repeat the steps, starting from the first step to continue the Kitchener stitch.

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