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There are alternatives to Kitchener Stitch

There are alternatives to Kitchener Stitch

When it comes to sock knitting there's no need to follow the rules unless you want to. So many knitters I know hate doing Kitchener stitch to close the toe of a sock. So much so that some chose only to knit toe-up socks to avoid the dreaded K word.

Whilst that's a perfectly reasonable strategy there are other ways to close the toe of a sock that don't involve our friend Mr Kitchener.

Sock tip #2: You don't have to use Kitchener stitch

Alternative No. 1 is simply to carry on the toe decreases until you have 8 stitches in total. Then cut the yarn, with a tapestry needle draw the yarn through the remaining stitches and pull tight before weaving in the end as normal. This gives a nice rounded, roomy toe that some people prefer - and it's super simple. Worth a shot to see how you like it.

Alternative No 2 is to work a knitted version of the Kitchener stitch. There is a great tutorial on how to do this here.

Both of these are well worth a try if you really can't get on with Kitchener. You never know, you might find a new favourite.