This article describes two methods of performing the Kitchener bind-off. It is also known as a K1P1 or tubular bind off. This k1, p1 bind off complements k1, p1 ribbing and produces a neat border suitable for necklines, sleeves, fingerless mittens (shown at left) and other finished edges. Read more for stepwise, illustrated instructions.
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The bind-off is worked with a darning or tapestry needle and one or two knitting needles. When worked with two needles, the process is like the Kitchener bind-off used for socks. For either method, the bind off begins with a set-up process for the the first knit stitch and first purl stitch.
The single needle method is described first, followed by the two needle method. A contrasting colored yarn is used to demonstrate the technique.
Repeat steps 1 - 4 until all stitches have been bound off.
METHOD B - TWO NEEDLES
I find that the two needle method provides greater stitch uniformity and can be completed more quickly. Stepwise, illustrated instructions can be found in the related article on grafting toes. The article has a couple of extra steps, specific to preventing "boxy toes," but has the complete photographs for the 6-step process described below.
Set-up for Two Needle Bind-off Method
The two needle transfer is illustrated for an alternative method of performing the K1P1 bind-off. Two different needles are used for illustration purposes only. Two needles are held in the right hand, the front one is shiny metal and the rear one is cream colored plastic.
In the photo at right, 2 knit stitches have been transferred to the front needle and 1 purl stitch to the rear (cream colored) knitting needle.
Divide Stitches to Two Needles
Hold both receiving needles in the right hand and alternately pick up a knit, then purl stitch, by rotating the needles as a pair so that the desired needle is aligned with the next stitch to be transferred pwise.
Kitchener Stitch Repeat Pattern (steps 3 - 6)
I find that the following mnemonic (memory aid) is helpful for the repeat pattern: Knit Off, Purl, Purl Off, Knit.
Repeat steps 3 through 6 until all stitches have been bound off.
Kitchener Stitch Two Needle Method sock example
kwise --> knit-wise
pwise --> purl-wise