Grafting: It’s Not Just for Knitters, Part 3

Susanna and Joni: If you’ve been following this series, you know we’ve been on a journey of discovery, with the end goal of creating a method to graft Tunisian crochet. Part 1 of the series dealt with Tunisian crochet in general, as well as the reasoning behind why a crocheter would want to use a knitting technique. In Part 2, we outlined how to work and graft Tunisian garter stitch. In this third and final part, we’ll discuss how to create a crocheted version of the Audrey Super Scarf and turn it into a cowl by grafting in the Tunisian garter stitch and cable pattern. (And for you knitters out there who want to make the Audrey Super Scarf into a cowl, Joni provides instructions at the end of the post.)

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Styled crochet cowl CREDIT: Harper Point Photography

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Styled knit cowl CREDIT: Harper Point Photography


Audrey Super Scarf Cowl (crocheted version)

Concentration: 2

Finished Size 9″ wide and 64″ circumference.
Yarn Manos del Uruguay Franca (distributed by Fairmount Fibers)(100% superwash Merino; 114 yd [105 m]/5 ¼ oz [150 g]; CYCA #6): #F31 Algas, 4 hanks.
Hook Size P/16 (11.5 mm) Tunisian crochet hook (affiliate link). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions Cable needle; yarn needle.
Gauge 6 sts = 23/4″ and 6 rows = 3″ in Tunisian garter st patt.

Notes
When working in the beginning chain, do not work in the back ridge loops.
The loop on the hook at the beginning of the row counts as the first loop.

Stitch Guide
Tunisian purl stitch (tps): With yarn in front, insert hook from right to left behind front vertical bar, yo, pull up lp, leave lp on hook.
Tunisian knit stitch (tks): With yarn in back, insert hook between next 2 vertical bars under horizontal strands, yo, pull up lp, leave lp on hook.
Last stitch (last st): Insert hook through center of last st on previous row.
Return pass (RetP): Yo, draw through 1 lp on hook, [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] across.

Cowl
Ch 20, pick up lp in 2nd ch from hook and in each rem ch across (see Notes)—20 lps; RetP (see Stitch Guide).
Row 1: Tps (see Stitch Guide) in next 6 sts (see Notes), tks (see Stitch Guide) in next 8 sts, tps in next 6 sts, last st (see Stitch Guide); RetP.
Row 2: Tks across; RetP.
Rows 3–6: Rep Rows 1–2 two times.
Row 7: Tps in next 7 sts, tks in next 4 sts, remove lps from hook and place on cable needle, with cable needle held in front, tks in next 4 sts, remove lps from cable needle and place back on hook, tps in last 8 sts—24 lps on hook; RetP.
Row 8: Rep Row 2.
Rows 9–16: Rep Rows 1–2.
Rows 17–18: Rep Rows 7–8.
Rows 19–128: Rep Rows 9–18 to 64”, ending last rep with Row 16. Fasten off at end of last row, leaving a 11/2-yd tail for grafting.

Finishing
Block to measurements. Graft ends tog using yarn needle and grafting tail.

To graft the ends together, you will need to proceed as follows:

  1. With the RS facing, and making sure the cowl isn’t twisted, place the ends of the cowl together with the beginning above the end.
  2. Follow Steps 1–4 of Grafting Tunisian Garter Stitch (see below) to graft the edge stitches together.
  3. Follow Steps 5–9 of Grafting Tunisian Garter Stitch to graft the next 6 stitches together.
  4. Follow Steps 1–4 of Grafting Tunisian Knit Stitches (see below) to graft the cable together.
  5. Follow Steps 5–9 of Grafting Tunisian Garter Stitch to graft the next 6 stitches together.
  6. Follow Steps 1–4 of Grafting Tunisian Knit Stitches to graft the last stitch.
  7. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

GRAFTING TUNISIAN GARTER STITCH

Note: This is just a brief recap of how to graft Tunisian garter stitch. For more information, please check out Part 2 of this series.

1. Insert the needle from left to right behind the front vertical bar of the edge stitch on the last row of the lower swatch.

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Insert from left to right

2. Insert the needle from right to left behind both legs of the edge stitch on the first row of the upper swatch.

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Insert from right to left behind both legs

3. Insert the needle from top to bottom behind the same front vertical bar of the edge stitch used in Step 1.

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Insert from top to bottom behind same bar

4. Pull the yarn through, keeping the stitch size the same as the stitches of both swatches.

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Pull yarn through

5. Insert the needle from left to right behind the front vertical bar of the next stitch on the last row of the lower swatch.

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Insert from left to right

6. This will twist the stitch in order to recreate the tps look.

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Twist stitch

7. Insert the needle from right to left behind both legs of the next stitch on the first row of the upper swatch. (Note: Work in front of the chain, not into or around the chain as on the other stitches.)

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Insert from right to left behind both legs

8. Insert the needle from top to bottom behind same front vertical bar of the stitch used in Steps 5–6. (Note: This is now the horizontal bar at the base of the stitch.)

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Insert from top to bottom behind same bar

9. Pull the yarn through, keeping the stitch size the same as the previous grafted stitch.

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Pull yarn through

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Continue grafting

GRAFTING TUNISIAN KNIT STITCHES

Note: When grafting Tunisian knit stitches, the needle has to be inserted differently so the stitches won’t twist the way that Tunisian purl stitches do. To graft Tunisian knit stitches, you will work as follows:

1. Insert the needle from right to left behind the first leg of the knit stitch on the lower piece.

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Insert needle from right to left behind first leg

2. Insert the needle from right to left behind both legs of the knit stitch on the upper piece.

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Insert needle from right to left behind both legs of opposite knit stitch

3. Insert needle from right to left behind 2nd leg of the same knit stitch on the lower piece.

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Insert needle from right to left behind 2nd leg

4. Pull the yarn through, keeping the stitch size the same as the previous grafted stitch.

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Pull yarn through

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Grafted cable

Audrey Super Scarf Cowl (knitted version)

Difficulty Level 2

Finished Size 52″ circumference and 10 ¼” wide.
Yarn Manos del Uruguay Franca (distributed by Fairmount Fibers) (100% superwash Merino; 114 yd [105 m]/5 ¼ oz [150 g]; CYCA #6): #F9 Frost, 2 hanks.
Needles Size 17 (12.75 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Cable needle (cn); size N/13 (9 mm) crochet hook; smooth waste yarn in contrasting color; blunt tapestry needle.
Gauge 8 sts and 12 rows = 4″ in garter st.

Cowl
Using the crochet chain provisional method, CO 22 sts (counts as Row 2 of patt), leaving a 6″ tail.

Work Rows 3–12 of Garter Cable chart once, then work Rows 1–12 of chart 12 times.

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Break yarn, leaving a 1 ½-yd tail for grafting. Place sts on waste yarn holder.

Finishing
Weave in ends, except CO and grafting tails. Block to measurements. Grafting: Return 22 live sts to needle. Remove waste yarn from provisional CO and place 22 CO sts onto 2nd needle (making sure both needle points face to the right), then create an extra st on same needle as foll: with CO tail threaded on a tapestry needle, wrap tail over needle from RS to WS—23 sts. Hold needles parallel with WS tog and 23 CO sts in back, making sure cowl isn’t twisted. Thread grafting yarn onto a tapestry needle and graft sts in patt, foll either chart or written instructions. Note: In the written instructions, the sequences appear first, foll by the order in which the sequences are worked.

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Grafting Key

Sequence A (knit st on front needle, purl st on back needle)
Step 1 Insert tapestry needle pwise into st on front needle, leave st on needle.
Step 2 Insert tapestry needle kwise into st on back needle, remove st from needle.
Step 3 Insert tapestry needle pwise into next st on back needle, leave st on needle.
Step 4 Insert tapestry needle kwise into st on front needle, remove st from needle.

Sequence B (knit st on front needle, knit st on back needle)
Step 1 Insert tapestry needle pwise into st on front needle, leave st on needle.
Step 2 Insert tapestry needle pwise into st on back needle, remove st from needle.
Step 3 Insert tapestry needle kwise into next st on back needle, leave st on needle.
Step 4 Insert tapestry needle kwise into st on front needle, remove st from needle.

Work Sequence A 7 times, work Sequence B 8 times, work Sequence A 7 times, removing last st from back needle. Weave in ends.


What do you think? Is this something you’d like to try? If so, let us know in the comments!
Happy stitching!

Susanna and Joni


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