MASTER­CLASS

Graft­ing in re­verse stock­ing stitch and garter stitch

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IN IS­SUE 129,

we ex­plored how Kitch­ener stitch can be used to graft to­gether sec­tions of 1x1 and 2x2 rib­bing. Here, we look at how the tech­nique can also be used on re­verse stock­ing stitch and garter stitch. This method can come in use­ful when join­ing the shoul­ders of a gar­ment, or if you would like to create a seam­less fin­ish for an ac­ces­sory. Sim­ply leave your stitches on the nee­dles and you’re ready to graft!

RE­VERSE STOCK­ING STITCH

When you’re ready to be­gin graft­ing, don’t cast off your stitches. Hold the two nee­dles con­tain­ing the stitches to­gether with wrong sides fac­ing. Your work­ing yarn should be com­ing from the last stitch on the back nee­dle, to the right of your work. Cut a long tail, leav­ing enough yarn to graft the stitches to­gether. Thread this tail through a blunt, wide-eyed sewing nee­dle. Insert the sewing nee­dle through the first stitch on the front nee­dle, knit­wise, and pull it all the way through. Leave the stitch on the knit­ting nee­dle.

Insert the sewing nee­dle through the first stitch on the back nee­dle, purl­wise, and pull it all the way through. Leave the stitch on the knit­ting nee­dle.

Insert the sewing nee­dle through the first stitch on the front nee­dle, purl­wise, and pull it all the way through. Re­move this stitch from the knit­ting nee­dle. Insert the sewing nee­dle through the next stitch on the front nee­dle, knit­wise, and pull it all the way through. Leave this stitch on the knit­ting nee­dle.

Insert the sewing nee­dle through the first stitch on the back nee­dle, knit­wise, and pull it all the way through. Re­move this stitch from the knit­ting nee­dle. Insert the sewing nee­dle through the next stitch on the back nee­dle, purl­wise, and pull it all the way through. Leave this stitch on the knit­ting nee­dle.

Re­peat Steps 3 to 4 un­til all stitches have been grafted to­gether, work­ing the last two stitches on each nee­dle as one stitch (this will pre­vent a bumpy fin­ish). Gen­tly pull the yarn tail to neaten stitches and weave in end. Block if needed.

GARTER STITCH

This method is for graft­ing sep­a­rate pieces of knit­ting to­gether. When you’re ready to be­gin graft­ing, don’t cast off your stitches. With both nee­dle tips point­ing to­wards the right, make sure that the purl bumps are di­rectly un­der the nee­dles (as you have just worked a knit row on the stitches). Your work­ing yarn should be on the right-hand side as you look at your work, to­wards the tips of the nee­dles. Cut a long tail, leav­ing enough yarn to graft the stitches to­gether. Thread this tail through a blunt, wide-eyed sewing nee­dle. Insert the sewing nee­dle through the first stitch on the front nee­dle, purl­wise, and pull it all the way through. Leave this stitch on the knit­ting nee­dle.

Insert the sewing nee­dle through the first stitch on the back nee­dle, purl­wise, and pull it all the way through. Leave this stitch on the knit­ting nee­dle.

Insert the sewing nee­dle through the first stitch on the front nee­dle, knit­wise, and pull it all the way through. Re­move this stitch from the knit­ting nee­dle. Insert the sewing nee­dle through the next stitch on the front nee­dle, purl­wise, and pull it all the way through. Leave this stitch on the knit­ting nee­dle.

Insert the sewing nee­dle through the first stitch on the back nee­dle, knit­wise, and pull it all the way through. Re­move this stitch from the knit­ting nee­dle. Insert the sewing nee­dle through the next stitch on the back nee­dle, purl­wise, and pull it all the way through. Leave this stitch on the knit­ting nee­dle.

Re­peat Steps 3 to 4 un­til all stitches have been grafted to­gether, work­ing the last two stitches on each nee­dle as one stitch (this will pre­vent a bumpy end). Gen­tly pull the yarn tail to neaten stitches and weave in end. Block if needed. If you would like to graft to­gether garter stitch in the round, be­gin­ning with a WS round, fol­low our in­struc­tions for ba­sic Kitch­ener stitch at

About our ex­pert Lou Smith is The Knitter’s pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant. Dis­cov­er­ing new knit­ting tech­niques and swatch­ing yarns are two of her favourite things to do.

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