Knitting Tutorial: How to Kitchener Stitch i cord

Love knitting with i cord edges? Us too! But how to close them off when you’re done… This tutorial will show you how to use Kitchener stitch (grafting) to invisibly close two pieces of knitted fabric that have i-cord edges on each side.

First off, you need to take a look at what it is we’re trying to achieve.

On the right is a completed i-cord edge. See how all the stitch bumps are hidden within the rolled edge? On the left hand side is an incomplete i-cord. You can still see the stitch bumps on the just completed row of knitting, but completed i-cord below that row.

Kitchener Stitch i cord tutorial

The working yarn is in front of the incomplete i-cord.

Kitchener Stitch i cord tutorial

When you turn the piece of fabric over, you can see that the i-cord which is incomplete on the right side of the fabric is complete on the back.

graft i cord tutorial

The trick is to complete all of your i-cords then use Kitchener stitch to close the fabric.

If you take those final three stitches onto a darning needle, and rotate them anticlockwise…

graft i cord tutorial

Kitchener Stitch i cord tutorial

Grafting i cord knitting tutorial

and place them back onto the needle… All i-cords complete!

Kitchener Stitch i cord tutorial

Then just Kitchener stitch as per usual.

grafting i cord knitting tutorial

Then you have beautiful rolled i-cord edges on each side and an invisible seam. Wonderful!

Kitchener Stitch i cord tutorial

Here’s the full video so you can see everything in action. Enjoy!

About Sarah

I'm mum to Essie and Finley, fur kid Radley, and a stash with a mind all its own. When life is really busy, or my health poor, I find that working with my hands lightens my heart. Even if it is just a few rows of knitting on a project!