Do The Kitchener

Kitchener stitch is one of the greatest magic tricks in sewing land. I used this technique in the Carmen Coat to avoid a bulky seam when connecting two labels that create the dramatic hood. In this pattern, you're joining live stitches together and juggling a few needles to make it happen. It can take time to memorize, but is perfect for joining two sides together seamlessly and sometimes a Kitchener seam is completely invisible. 

BY BRANDI HARPER

Step by Step: Graft THAT Collar 
With purl sides together, 24"/61 cm tail, and large tapestry needle, graft lapel halves with kitchener stitch. 

Step 1: Insert needle knit wise into first on back needle. Pull yarn through and gently tighten. Continue to pull yarn through and tighten after weaving through each stitch. 

Step 2: Insert needle purl wise into first stitch on front needle. 

Step 3: Insert needle purl wise into first stitch on back needle and drop this stitch off the needle. 

Step 4: Insert needle knit wise into next stitch on back needle. 

Step 5: Insert needle knit wise into first stitch on front needle and drop this stitch off the needle. 

Step 6: Insert needle purl wise into next stitch on front needle. 

Repeat Steps 3 to 6 until there is 1 stitch left on each needle ending with Step 6. 

Step 7: Insert needle purl wise into stitch on back needle and drop this stitch off the needle. 

Step 8: Insert needle knit wise into stitch on front needle and drop this stitch off the needle. 

Voila! Seam heaven.