Seamless Cast On and Kitchener Stitch Without “Ears”

Seamless Cast On and Kitchener Stitch Without "Ears"

Whether we use a seamless cast on for our toe-up socks, or close the stitches of the toe part of our top-down socks with the Kitchener stitch grafting method, we often end up with pointy sides known as “ears”, “dog ears” or “donkey ears”.

They do look a bit like ears, and even though they do not affect the fit of a sock, the sock toes look more sleek and well-finished without those pointy stitches.

The “ears” are not formed by the cast on or the grafting. They are formed by the stitches of the last round of the fabric. That’s why we can minimize the size of the “ears” if we pull the yarn at the very beginning and the very end of the cast on or grafted edge, but this does not eliminate the “pointy stitches” completely.

Fortunately, there is a simple way to get rid of this issue. Let’s see how it works step by step.

This method works great for all types of seamless cast ons and all kinds of grafting. You can even use it when you bind off stitches using the three-needle bind off method. Whatever technique you choose to use, the sides of the cast on and bind off edges will be slightly curved without a hint of those pesky “ears”.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #7. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (282 pages!) with this and 37 other tutorials included in the collection.

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Would you like to learn more about ways to seam knits?

If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

Seamless Cast On and Kitchener Stitch Without Ears | 10 rows a day
Seamless Cast On and Kitchener Stitch Without Ears | 10 rows a day
Seamless Cast On and Kitchener Stitch Without Ears | 10 rows a day