An Education in Grafting Lace Edgings: Edging Pattern 8

So far in our series on grafting lace edgings, we’ve covered how to create:

• a picot selvedge with both knit and purl stitches
• a slip stitch selvedge at the beginning of a grafted row
• twisted stitches
• single and double yarnovers
• single and double decreases

The last edging in our series is a stockinette-based pattern with a sawtoothed edge with yarnovers on one side and a garter-stitch selvedge on the other. Because every wrong-side row of the edging pattern begins with a slip stitch, we’ll see how to graft a slip stitch at the end of the grafted row.

grafting lace series

This is a one-sided lace pattern, with yarnovers and decreases worked only on right-side rows.

For the grafting, I used Rows 1 and 2 of the lace chart (Row 1 for the grafted row itself and Row 2 for the provisional cast-on row). As with most of the other edgings, I chose the two rows with the fewest stitches of any of the other rows.

The live stitches will be held on waste yarn until the grafting is complete because this is much easier than grafting lace on the needles. Make sure to use cotton in a contrasting color for the provisional cast-on so that you can clearly see the main-color stitches. The lace swatches can be worked in two separate pieces: one piece that begins with a provisional cast-on, and another that ends with live stitches. Use a heavier-weight waste yarn (also in a contrasting color) to hold the live stitches of the lower piece to prevent the stitches from sinking down into the stitches in the row below, which makes it difficult to retrieve them.

grafting lace edgings

Quick refresher:

• Knitwise = point of tapestry needle faces away from you (tip of needle can point either to the right or to the left, depending on the orientation of the stitch on the waste yarn).
• Purlwise = point of tapestry needle faces toward you (tip of needle can point either to the right or to the left, depending on the orientation of the stitch on the waste yarn).
• The dotted lines on the grafting chart indicate the spaces between stitches on the upper piece. If there is no dotted line separating letters on the upper row of the chart, the steps are both worked into the same loop.

THE GRAFTING SEQUENCES

Five grafting sequences are used to graft this edging: Sequences A, C, D, F, and X.

If you want to practice the sequences (for this and other edgings) on stockinette stitch, I’ve set up two practice swatches for this purpose. Sequences A, C, and D can be found in Practice Swatch 1 and Sequence F can be found in Practice Swatch 2. (Sequence X isn’t included in the practice swatches.)

lace grafting

The illustration for Sequence X shows that the grafted slip stitch is connected to the stitch in the row above the beginning of the sequence, but that was done to simplify the illustration. In fact, the two tails should be carefully woven into the wrong side of the work.

WORKING THE UPPER PIECE

The Provisional Cast-On

On the cast-on row, there is no need to differentiate between slip stitches, or knit and purl stitches, because these will be created during the grafting.

I’ve provided different options for casting on provisionally so you can choose your preferred method:

Crochet Chain Method

1. With crochet hook and cotton waste yarn, chain about 14 sts. Break yarn and pull tail through last st.
2. Turn chain over so the bumps in the back of the chain are visible. With knitting needle and working yarn, beginning in 3rd st from last st of chain, pick up and knit 8 sts in the chain.

Alternate Crochet Chain Method

1. With crochet hook and cotton waste yarn, work 8 chain sts onto a knitting needle.
2. With working yarn, k8.

Waste Yarn Method

1. With cotton waste yarn, cast on 8 sts using any method. Work in St st for about 1″, ending with a RS row. Break waste yarn.
2. With WS facing and working yarn, k8.

Work the Lace Chart

Work Rows 3–16 of the Pattern 8 chart once, then work Rows 1–16 as many times as desired. Bind off.

LOWER PIECE

Cast on 7 sts using any method and work Rows 1–16 of the Pattern 8 chart as many times as desired, ending with Row 16. Break the yarn, leaving a long tail for grafting. Place these sts on a strand of waste yarn.

GRAFTING THE EDGING

This is the only edging of the series that doesn’t require anchoring the cast-on tail to the wrong side of the work. It will just be left hanging at the edge of the work until after the last sequence is worked.

grafting lace edgings

HOW TO FOLLOW THE GRAFTING CHART

The grafting chart is worked from right to left and (unlike a regular stitch chart) both rows of the chart are worked at the same time. I print out the grafting chart so I can check off each sequence as it’s worked. That way, if I get interrupted mid-graft, I know that I have to start with the first unchecked sequence.

GRAFT THE STITCHES

Thread the working yarn onto a tapestry needle.

Work Sequence C two times:

Step 1: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into stitch on lower piece.

Step 2: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into stitch at very edge of upper piece.

Step 3: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into next stitch on upper piece.

Step 4: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into stitch on lower piece, following the path of the grafting yarn back through the stitch.

First Sequence C completed.

Work Steps 1–4 again for second sequence.

Step 1: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into stitch on lower piece.

Step 2: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into stitch on upper piece, sharing a loop with Step 3 of first sequence.

Step 3: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into next stitch on upper piece.

Step 4: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into stitch on lower piece, following the path of the grafting yarn back through the stitch.

Second Sequence C completed.

Work Sequence A once:

Step 1: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into stitch on lower piece.

Step 2: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into stitch on upper piece.

Step 3: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into next stitch on upper piece.

Step 4: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into stitch on lower piece, following the path of the grafting yarn back through the stitch.

Sequence A completed. It should align vertically with the other stitches above and below it.

Work Sequence F once:

Step 1: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into stitch on upper piece.

Step 2: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into next stitch on upper piece.

Sequence F completed.

Work Sequence D once:

Step 1: Skip first stitch on lower piece and insert tapestry needle purlwise into second stitch.

Step 2: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into first (skipped) stitch on lower piece.

Step 3: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into stitch on upper piece.

Step 4: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into next stitch on upper piece.

Step 5: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into same two stitches on lower piece, following the path of the grafting yarn back through the stitches.

The ssk decrease looks twisted when it’s on the waste yarn. If you want to see it better, you can cut the waste yarn between the ssk and the next live stitch on the lower piece and then carefully remove the waste yarn from the ssk.

Work Sequence F once:

Step 1: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into stitch on upper piece.

Step 2: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into next stitch on upper piece.

Sequence F completed.

Work Sequence A once:

Step 1: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into stitch on lower piece.

Step 2: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into stitch on upper piece.

Step 3: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into next stitch on upper piece.

Step 4: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into stitch on lower piece, following the path of the grafting yarn back through the stitch.

Sequence A completed. It should align vertically with the other stitches above and below it.

Work Sequence X once:

Step 1: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into stitch on lower piece.

Step 2: Insert tapestry needle behind both legs of slip stitch on upper piece. (The second leg of the slip stitch on the upper piece won’t be secured.)

Step 3: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into stitch on lower piece, following the path of the grafting yarn back through the stitch.

It’s easier to see the slip stitch when the waste yarn is removed. Carefully weave the tails into the wrong side of the work to complete the sequence.

Block the stitches to even out the grafted stitches.

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