Techniques

Grafting Garter

Hi all! I have finished the two triangles on my Adventurous Shawl, and now I’m ready to graft the two triangles together!

Here’s what I did on this pattern to set up the garter graft:

I ended one of the triangles on a ‘row 2’ of the garter rows. On the second triangle, I worked rows 1-2 and then row 1 once more (with no increases – this keeps the stitch counts on both pieces the same.)

And here is how to graft in garter.

The fabric on the front needle has a purl row as the last row worked (as viewed on the RS). The fabric on the back needle has a knit row as the last row worked (as viewed on the RS). Arrange the needles with the WS facing each other. (When looking at the fabric this way, the stitches facing you will all be purls.)

Thread your grafting yarn onto a tapestry needle. Insert the tapestry needle into the first stitch on the front knitting needle as if to purl, and leave it on the needle. Insert the tapestry needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl and leave it on the needle. These are your set up movements. Now we get into the repeating steps:

1 — Insert into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit and pull the stitch off.

2 — Insert as if to purl into the next stitch on the front needle.

3 — Insert into the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit and pull the stitch off.

4 — Insert as if to purl into the next stitch on the back needle.

Repeat these 4 steps across all stitches, until there is one stitch remaining on each needle. Insert as if to knit on the front needle, and then again on the back needle, removing the stitches. Tighten up across the row to make a seam that is the same tension as the rest of the knitting.

And that’s it!

Here is a video I made demonstrating the process.

Come back tomorrow, and I will show you my shawl in progress! I just have the edging left to work and then it will be all done!

Happy Knitting

 

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