Grafting the Garter Stitch Like a Pro

Learn about grafting the garter stitch in your knitting projects with this informative how-to article!Easily attach two pieces of knit fabric together by learning how to graft the garter stitch. Grafting, which is also known as the Kitchener stitch, is a technique that allows you to use a tapestry needle to create mock knit stitches. This creates an almost seamless piece of knit fabric. The join is nearly invisible and very stretchy to allow the fabric to move naturally. This tutorial will teach you how to graft head to head in garter stitch. This means that we’ll be connecting the last row knit of one piece of fabric to the last row knit of another piece of fabric.

Note: If the knit pieces you’re connecting have a right side and a wrong side, be sure that the last worked row of one piece is a right side row and the last row worked of the opposite piece is a wrong side row.

How to Graft the Garter Stitch

  1. To graft garter stitch, place live stitches on needles. Hold your needles held parallel and be sure that all of the stitches on the needles have the right shoulders forward.
  2. Thread your tapestry needle with yarn and go through the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl. This means that you should place the needle through the back of the stitch, approaching from the right.
  3. Then first stitch on the back needle as if to purl, leaving both stitches on the needles.
  4. Go through the first stitch on front needle as if to knit and slip it off the needle. This means that you should place the needle through the front of the stitch, approaching from the left.
  5. Then go through the second stitch as if to purl and leave it on.
  6. Go through the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit and slip it off the needle.
  7. Then go through the second stitch as if to purl and leave it on.
  8. Repeat steps four through seven until no stitches remain.

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