Grafting With Kitchener Stitch

Grafting With Kitchener Stitch (Stockinette & Garter)

Grafting is like knitting magic! Really, that’s what it feels like. You start with two rows of live stitches and a yarn needle, and you end up with … nothing! No seam, no line, no evidence that it wasn’t all knit in one piece, just a magically closed piece of knit fabric. What you’re doing is actually creating a row of stitches using the yarn needle, threading the yarn in and out of live stitch loops in exactly the pattern that a row of stitches makes, so it’s truly seamless. It takes a few times to really get used to, to get the rhythm of it down, but once you do, we think you’ll love it!

Important note for grafting: Pull your stitches snug as you go—not TOO snug, but probably a bit tighter than you think is good. For a truly seamless join, it’s important that the grafted row is the same size as the knitted rows, and a common beginner error is not pulling the stitches tightly enough and ending up with a loose graft. It’s possible to tighten it later, once you’re done, but it’s much easier to just tug on the yarn as you graft.

Note: If you just want a plain text refresher on the basic steps, scroll down to the bottom!

Grafting Stockinette Stitch

Step One

Step 1

1. Bring yarn needle through front first stitch knit-wise ...

Step 1

... and drop that stitch off the knitting needle.

Step Two

Step 2

2. Bring yarn needle through front next stitch purl-wise ...

Step 2

... and pull yarn through, leaving the stitch on the knitting needle.

Step Three

Step 3

3. Bring yarn needle through back first stitch purl-wise ...

Step 3

... and drop that stitch off the knitting needle.

Step Four

Step 4

4. Bring yarn needle through back next stitch knit-wise ...

Step 4

... and pull yarn through, leaving the stitch on the knitting needle.

Final

Now repeat Steps 1-4 until you reach the end. On the final two stitches, you’ll work the step which includes dropping the stitch off the needle on one side, then skip to the step which includes dropping the stitch on the other side. (If the two rows had the same number of stitches, you’ll end with Step 1 then Step 3).

Simplified Steps

  • P-wise = purl-wise
  • K-wise = knit-wise
  • st = stitch
  • Setup Step A: Go through front first st P-wise, leaving st on needle.
  • Setup Step B: Go through back first st K-wise, leaving st on needle.

  • Step 1: Go through front first st K-wise, dropping st off needle.
  • Step 2: Go through front next st P-wise, leaving st on needle.
  • Step 3: Go through back first st P-wise, dropping st off needle.
  • Step 4: Go through back next st K-wise, leaving st on needle.
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