Guess what I just did for the first time?
I performed a Kitchener stitch graft to close the toe of a sock, WITHOUT LOOKING IT UP.
Without consulting a passing knitter’s K OFF P ON P OFF K ON tattoo.
Without thinking about it too hard, or at all, really.
I just picked up my tapestry needle, did the two set-up stitches by memory, worked across the toe by memory, and did the last two stitches by memory.
All the glory for this staggering achievement goes to Lorilee Beltman.
Lorilee gets me. She knows that I am bad at mnemonic devices, no matter how clever. She knows that I want to be able to look at the knitting itself, and read it for all clues and reminders about what to do next. She knows that I need a rock-solid way of not forgetting where I’m at in the sequence of steps.
Before reaching this pinnacle of my knitting career, I had Kitchenered exactly three toes, and each time I’d had to consult page 15 of Field Guide No. 11, to remind me how to do it. Each time, I asked myself, “Why do I forget the order of operations on this thing? How is it that I remember the Rule Against Perpetuities and the names of all members of the Partridge Family, and I can’t finish this sock by myself?”
Then I remembered Lorilee’s immortal video, Memorize the Kitchener Stitch. I watched it, and as Lorilee promised, while finishing my fourth sock toe, I Memorized the Kitchener Stitch.
Pattern: Cuff-Down Sock from MDK Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust. Yarn: Spud and Chloë Fine Sock in Red Hot and Calypso.
A week later, when it came time to do my fifth sock toe, I did it entirely from memory, and entirely thanks to Lorilee.
Kitchenered from memory in 3 minutes and 49 seconds. Yes, I timed it. GOSH.
Lorilee Beltman, my gratitude to you knows no bounds. I am aghast that your wonderful video has a mere 160,364 views. We few, we happy 160,364, we band of Kitcheners.
Every man, woman, and child should watch this video. There should be a portrait of Lorilee Beltman hanging in every LYS across the globe. March 9 (the day she published this video in 2009) should be an international holiday, a day on which knitters join hands and look down at their feet and say, I Kitchenered These Toes By Memory.
Thank you, Lorilee Beltman!
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