Hey you, meticulous knitter! Have you ever used kitchener stitch on a garter stitch project only to end up with a regrettable scar of stockinette across your lovely little uniform garter ridges? Herein lies your solution: garter graft. Making an invisible graft in garter stitch is almost simpler than regular old kitchener stitch – after setting up correctly, you just carry out the same steps on both the front and back needles.
To start, orient your knitting so that the “purl” side is facing forward on both needles. You may have to stretch the knitting away from the needle a bit in order to see a difference between the two sides.
You also may have to knit one more row for this orientation to be possible. When you are ready to start, your two needles should look like this:
Now you are ready to graft! Thread a length of yarn about four times the width of the graft onto a yarn needle. To set up, pass the yarn through the first stitch on the front needle purlwise, and pull through. Repeat for the first stitch on back needle.
*Starting with front needle, pass through first stitch as if to knit, drop stitch from needle, pass through next stitch as if to purl, and pull through. Repeat for back needle. Repeat from * until all but four sts are grafted.
To finish, pass through first stitch on front needle as if to knit, and drop. Pass through next stitch on front needle as if to purl, and drop. Pull through. Repeat for back needle. Sew in ends and finish off.
BONUS TIME-SAVING TIP:
You can combine the knitwise-and-drop, purlwise-and-pull-through steps into a single fluid motion so that the graft goes faster, as illustrated below: