Hi. I’ve used the Kitchener stitch to finish a couple pairs of socks so far (my first) and I don’t have a problem with actually doing the stitch, but rather after I’ve dropped it all off of the needles and it’s time to tighten it up. I haven’t figured out how to tighten it as I go and when I’m done and begin working through it, I become lost as to what’s what and just start pulling on stitches and hoping that something tightens going in the right direction. After a lot of pulling, loosening and tugging for many, many minutes, I got (fairly) lucky on the first four socks or so and finally snugged up a decent join. But it was a lot of trial and error and much more frustrating than any of the demonstrations I’ve watched. For one thing, the demos tend to use a contrasting color for the stitching, which is helpful for learning the technique, but also much easier than a real-world application in which the yarn will be the same color and tend to get lost among the old stitches being joined. If it’s a multicolored yarn and/or a little fuzzy, the difficulty is increased even more.
So, in summary, I can do the initial steps of the stitch, but when it comes to tightening it up, I seem to get lost in a jumble of criss-crossed stitches. This last time, the jumble got fuzzier and more tangled as I worked on joining a mere six stitches on each side and I basically ruined a sock that was so close to being finished. When it works, the Kitchener looks great, but if I’d known I’d mess up all that work, I would have just pulled a loop through those last stitches and draw them to the inside.
Has anybody else had this problem with the tightening part? Did you find a solution?