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Old 03-11-2009, 05:56 PM   #1
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Finally did my first sock!!!!!!! but
Hi all I completed my first sock using a wonderful pattern..North Country Cotton Sock here on KH...It was really easy to follow, now for the bummer part.... THE FRIGGIN TOE I totally screwed up KITCHNER STITCH..too boot it was only 12 sts now I have to and try again (toe part that is)...... Why doesn't someone come up with a simple toe????
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:04 PM   #2
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I am on the foot part and I thought the hard part was over!! Didn't realize that the toe was difficult as well....

Good luck with the second sock. I'm glad I know now that I can't breeze through the toe part!
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:19 PM   #3
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If I have to use Kitchener stitch and well I do,
I use KITCHENER STITCH with KNITTING NEEDLES.
I like this way much better than using a threaded needle.
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The kitchener stitch is easy to remember if you recite it to yourself. Once I read this, I never forgot and never had to look it up again.

You have a front needle and back needle with 6 stitches (or however many) each. Then recite:

***(Front needle goes first): KNIT OFF, PURL ON (meaning you K the first stitch, remove it, then P the second on front needle BUT leave it on)

(Now move to the back needle): PURL OFF, KNIT ON (P first stitch, remove it, K the second stitch but leave it on the needle)***

Now start again re-reciting everything between the stars '***' above and you've got it by jove!!!!!!!!

When you're down to 1 stitch left on each needle K off the front and P off the back and you're done!

So it's a constant "K off, P on...P off, K on". Kind of reminds me of the "clap on clap off" commercials.
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Originally Posted by tourmaline View Post
I am on the foot part and I thought the hard part was over!! Didn't realize that the toe was difficult as well....

Good luck with the second sock. I'm glad I know now that I can't breeze through the toe part!
Ah, you might..I just have toooo many interruptions...
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:01 PM   #6
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Kitchener isn't hard, it just takes practice. At first you do need to have quiet and have the directions next to you, but after a few times it's super easy. It makes the nicest toe IMO.
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I think I've messed up Kitchener more than I've got it right.

I've learned to think of it as a duplicate stitch.

Yes when done right it makes a nice toe, but when done wrong it's not terrible.
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I do the same thing as Arielluria- but I say (out loud, like the weirdo I am)
KNIT off, PURL
PURL off, KNIT.

It gets easier with practice. My first ones that I messed up I just wore them anyway!
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:26 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone...I really would "prefer" a toe up sock, but all those wacky cast ons (figure 8, turkish, norwegian etc) quite frankly terrify me...'cause lately I am really "squeezing" in knitting time and "can't" take the time to learn something new
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Here is a video that walks you through it. It gets easier.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYEaM6g4NBc
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