My Kirchner nightmare

The shawl that I'm currently working is knit in two pieces and then joined in the center with the Kirchner (I'm never sure how to spell this word) stitch. I grafted 109 and stitches or is it twice that anyway it looked pretty good on first inspection but then I noticed a missed stitch that had receded down a couple of rows. I refused to panic. I picked up my crochet hook and worked the stitch back in place but then what? So I wove a length of yarn about 6" into the stitches arranging so it would come out at the stitch in question - picked it up and then wove another 6" of yarn into the piece going in the opposite direcition. I have no idea if this is the right thing to have done. I simply couldn't figure out how to go backward through the Kirchener stitches. I'm going to block it tomorrow night so if anyone has any thoughts on a better fix please let me know. I have to say that my patch job is very hard to spot but will it stay in place over time? Will blocking make it even stronger or less so?


MMario's picture

I predict you will be fine. And so will the repair.

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AKQGuy's picture

I agree with MMario. I myself being the anal retentive person I am would have ran the repair thread all the way across the body of the work and then weaved it some length down the sides, but hey, that's just my natural paranoia talking. With what you did, if you're using a good animal fiber, the yarns natural stickiness will help take care of it. If you wanted, you could even during the washing/blocking, use your fingers and really mash the wet fibers in that area together. That will slightly roughen up the fibers more as in felting and help them "stick" to one another. I had a friend that did spot felting with one of those electric pedicure files. I remember her once doing such a repair and it held together great.

Crossing my fingers for you,

New York Built's picture

General Lord Kitchener would be smiling at you...your creativity and thoughtful "looking at your knitting" as EZ would say will save the day.

Just don't make a scene...otherwise I'll have to don the 80 pounds of leather and make an official Knitting Police visit for false stitch registration...a nasty business.

I agree with felting works wonders. Saved my neck steek from falling apart on the Harrison sweater I finished a month ago.

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MMario's picture

Somehow I can picture this happenning at a men's knitting retreat.

"Open up! This is the Knitting Police! Drop your needles and put your balls in the air"

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

NNNoooo....I better not type in what I was just thinking. Let people's imagination fill in the gap. (Probably more interesting than my thought, anyway.) -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

QueerJoe's picture

Perhaps there needs to be another event at the next Men's Spring Knitting Retreat..."Leather & Lace Ball"..."Bound Off and Disciplined Dinner"...something along those lines with uniforms and knitted objects???

New York Built's picture

LOTS of workshop ideas, too...

Striping and Strip Search
Cast On and You Can't Cast Off
Singlets For Single Men
Converting Flat Work To Round The World
Edging Your Man and Your Knitting
I'm Not Bad, I'm Just Patterned This Way
Every Home Needs A Sling...M1 or K2TOG
Beads, Feathers, Strops, Flails and Other Essential Tools
Creative Blocking

Should be an educational weekend!

"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends."
– Francis Bacon

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

scottly's picture

Thanks guys. It's blocking now and is almost dry and looks fine. I'll post pictures soon.

Jerry Moore's picture

Your dropped stitch fix makes sense, not to mention tagging the piece as hand made ("hand made" is a synonym for "priceless.")

HERE'S MY KITCHENER CRUTCH: Because I am easily distracted, have a brain that wanders with the best, and get wretchedly mixed up at the most inconvenient moments and do all these things at the same time overnovernovernover, I came up, so to speak, with this track-keeper for Lord Kitchener's brain twister:

Look down at the 2 needles holding the to be Kitchener-seamed stitches. You'll work with only the rightmost 2 sts on each needle in each time you Kitch.

Place a short length of bright, bigger WY (waste yarn) between the 2nd and 3rd sts of the first needle and carry the WY straight on between the 2nd and 3rd sts of the other needle. This separates those 4 sts (2-sts-on-2-ndls) from the rest of the work. Kitchener those 4 sts; this leaves only 1 st on each needle to the right of the WY. To prepare for the next Kitch event, move the WY over 1 st. That is, slip the WY out and re-insert it between what now are the "new" 2nd and 3rd sts on ea ndl. Couldn't be simpler. Brought my Kitchener batting avg up from .147 to .947, give or take. Best wishes.

Regards, Jerry