19 May 2015

How to: Graft in Garter


Grafting in garter is a little different from grafting a stocking (stockinette) stitch fabric, although the idea is the same - by joining live stitches we create one whole, continuous, fabric with no seam.
The difference lies in the
fabric make up. Stocking stitch fabric begins and ends with a knit row, similarly, reversed stocking stitch begins and ends with a purl row; while garter stitch begins with a knit and ends with a purl row, or in reverse. But either way, to graft in garter we work a stocking stitch graft one one needle and a reversed stocking stitch graft on the other. It's not really a complication in practice, as you'll see that the actual weaving in and out is very simple.

Other posts in the series:
Crochet Provisional Cast On II
Crochet Provisional Cast On I

Here's how to do it:

Set up ready to graft, make sure that the purl ridge on both needles is facing you. Place  needles parallel and check that the stitches are mounted on correctly, where the front leg of the stitch is closer to you as if you were ready to knit it.

The following Steps 3 and 4 are broken down in to two parts each, but I like treating each one as a single step. Steps 3 and 4 are worked on the back and front needles, respectively, and are easier memorised as a rhythmic motion. 

Step 3 is worked on the back needle. Insert tapestry needle into next stitch as to knit and slip it off needle, then as to purl in to the next stitch and keep it on the needle. Knit, off, purl, on.

Step 4 is worked on the front needle. Insert tapestry needle into next stitch as to knit and slip it off the needle, then as to purl in to the next stitch and keep it on the needle. Knit, off, purl, on. (Yes, it is the same as the previous Step 3!)
Continue repeating Step 3 and Step 4 until there is one stitch left on each needle. 

To tension the thread you need to mimic the fabric tension, go by what it feels and looks like; all you need to do is pull the thread a little this way or that and make sure the graft row is not too tight and not too slack.

Complete joining the final stitches: insert tapestry needle knitwise into the stitch on back needle and then knitwise into the stitch on front needle. Slip both off and weave in the ends.

Here is the finished graft as it looks from the Right side. The Wrong side will looks exactly the same.

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