Garter Graft

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Knitting / Techniques

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.

garter_graft

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:

purl_forward

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.

pull_downMake sure to bring yarn back down between the two needles instead of over the front needle (and always do this after pulling through a stitch on the back needle during a graft.)

*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:

knit_drop_purl_pull

1 – Insert yarn needle knitwise. 2 – Slide stitch to end of knitting needle. 3 – Drop stitch from knitting needle, keeping it on yarn needle. 4 – Insert into next stitch purlwise before pulling through both stitches (one stitch is off the knitting needle and one still on.)

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