March 31st, 2009

Kitchenering a Chicken

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Hi everyone!  We’re getting close to wrapping up our chicken KAL and I wanted to get the Kitchener video posted.  Here it is (finally).

In the video, Pixie demonstrates the kitchener stitch, which is used to close-up the back of the chicken in our current KAL on Ready, Set, Knit!  The kitchener stitch grafts the two sides together and actually creates another knitted row which is then a “seamless” seam if you will.  Before the video, I’ve included a couple of picture of my chicken in process.  You’ll notice I used a binder clip to help hold the two sides together while I was grafting.  This was necessary because the chicken is fully stuffed at this point.


In this next picture you can clearly see on the right hand side where I’ve already grafted the two sides together:


Here is Lily – all trussed up!

In the video, rather than demonstrate on one of our chickens, we opted to use two bulky weight swatches with a contrasting color so that you could easily see what is happening:



As always, I love your feedback and know Pixie and I are continuing to work on our video skills 🙂


P.S.  Our 25th Anniversary Sale kicks off tomorrow!  If you haven’t received our flyer in the mail (which you should have) it’s posted in full in the WEBS Group on Ravelry (just scroll down a bit).

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11 Responses to “Kitchenering a Chicken”

  1. knit4girls Says:

    Thanks Kathy and Pixie! Your video tutorial is a great help. I find I hold my breath when I’m doing the kitchener stitch (afraid to mess up – not sure how not breathing helps) so watching this a few times may help me to breathe!

  2. Ann Says:

    I would love to see a picture of Bessie (pixie’s chicken). Any plans on posting one?

  3. KathyElkins Says:

    It’s so funny how this stitch does that to so many people. Once you get the rhythm going it’s really not that hard – I think as knitters there are definitely harder skills to master. I hope the video helps! If not, just remember you are the boss of the yarn 🙂

  4. KathyElkins Says:

    Yes – I will be posting pictures this week!

  5. melissaknits Says:

    I love kitchener. I think this may have been my favorite part of the whole chicken, really, the long kitchener back seam. Ahhh…!!

  6. KathyElkins Says:

    Once I get going I love Kitchener too. You do so many socks where you only have a small amt of kitchenering to do, I can see where you would find the back of the chicken soothing 🙂

  7. Elinor Stalker Says:

    great video….I’ve been doing it wrong!

  8. KathyElkins Says:

    I am so glad that it helped!

  9. Rebekah Says:

    Great videos, thank you (this and the ‘pick up stitches’ one)
    Pixie has a really lovely voice both on the podcasts and the videos which makes her very listenable to and therefore easy to learn from.

    Flattery over! Now tell us, please, if there’s a pattern for the hooded top Pixie is wearing and the zip up top/cardigan that Kathy is wearing in the pick up stiches video 🙂

  10. jeri Says:

    where do I get the instructions for this kitchener video?
    thank you

  11. Alhoppe Says:

    Love the chant, love the video it is quite the cliffhanger. Help! What do I do with the last two stitches?

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