The Kitchener Stitch is one of those things that many of us struggle with remembering.
Helen, of course, has it memorized. Becky, on the other hand, always has to look it up in the book where she first learned it (One Skein by Leigh Radford). Sarah – friend of the shop and sometime employee – has found a different way to remember it. A couple of weeks ago she had it tattooed on her left thumb! Now whenever she is ready to kitchener a sock or mitten her key is right there!
Is there something knitting related you would ever tattoo on your body? Or not knitting related? In the spring Becky will be getting a new tattoo that's a Mark Twain quote. It's not knitting related, but she did find the quote on the wrapper around a ball of yarn!
So that you don't have to tattoo the Kitchener Stitch on your hand here are Helen's directions from her sock pattern...
Hold the two needles parallel, use a tapestry needle (TN) and leaving about 15” of yarn:
STEP 1: On Front needle: put TN through first stitch knitwise and take off needle, put TN through second stitch purlwise but leave on needle.
STEP 2: On Back needle: put TN through first stitch purlwise and take off needle, put TN through second stitch knitwise but leave on needle.
Continue these two steps till all stitches have been used. Pull yarn through last loop and weave in the ends.