Rounding the corner on my Stopover. The finish line awaits, with the following obstacles in my way.
Colorwork yoke. Ready, willing, able.
Short rows. The mighty power of the Bang Out a Sweater forum lifts me up with confidence that I can in fact add two or three short rows so that the neckline will sit well.
Sewing up the holes under the arms. Cannot wait to kitchener those stitches, and here’s why.
It is a grand total of 18 kitchener stitches. Nine for each sleeve hole.
A pair of socks requires more than that.
It’s just not that much.
I get your idea of a three-needle bindoff for these stitches. You make a fine case, Kay. The added bulk of the seam in there doesn’t really amount to much.
I like the way grafting a batch of stitches creates one of those perfect moments in knitting: a stretch of fabric seamlessly merges into another one. Inexplicably and mysteriously. I live for this stuff.
I learned to kitchener back when Knitty was young. Theresa Vinson Stenersen, I think about you and your awesome 2004 kitchener tutorial more often than you might think.
The mantra I say to myself when doing kitchener:
“Front needle: knit 1, drop. Purl 1, leave.
Back needle: purl 1, drop. Knit 1, leave.”
We’re all just looking for a groove wherever we can find one. For me, kitchener is one of those weird things that really makes a day worth living.
PS Things I can do 18 times:
18 Thin Mints.
18 pages of In Style magazine.
18 NYT crossword puzzle clues but then I give up.
18 episodes of Broadchurch.
18 years of waking up boys.
18 minutes making a creature out of yarn and pipe cleaners.