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Video Tutorial: Easiest Grafting / Kitchener Method!


Step by Step 1/1 LslT RS (Left-slip-Twist) Knitting Tutorial

Hello!


Grafting and the Kitchener Stitch are notoriously difficult knitting techniques to remember. Today I'm sharing how I always remember them for finishing hand-knit socks. Thanks for watching & interacting!


I've posted the video below along with supplies used and written instructions. There's also a photo tutorial available for this technique right here! If you have any questions, you can always email me directly: shaina@yumiyarns.com


Have fun & happy knitting!

Shaina ^_^


PS: The yarn featured in this tutorial is from Lavender Lune Yarn Co. The project I'm knitting on is the November Pattern from the 2021 Indie Sock-a-Long.


 



Supplies:

  • 2 ends of knitted fabric that need to be connected seamlessly (live stitches)

  • Yarn Needle

  • A length of yarn 5-6 times as long as the length of fabric you will be connecting


Step 1:

Start with wrong sides of fabric facing & with your working yarn coming off the right-hand side of the back needle.


Step 2:

With the yarn needle, insert in the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl.

Tip: The yarn needle tip will be facing left. (This is always true for working a purl stitch.)


Step 3:

Pull the yarn needle and yarn through, leaving the stitch on the knitting needle.


Step 4:

With the yarn needle, insert in the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit.

Tip: The yarn needle tip will be facing right. (This is always true for working a knit stitch.)


Step 5:

Pull the yarn needle and yarn through, leaving the stitch on the knitting needle.


Step 6:

Insert the yarn needle through the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit.


Step 7:

Slip the stitch off the knitting needle & onto the yarn needle. Insert the yarn needle into the next stitch purlwise.

Tip: "Purlwise" is just another way of saying "as if to purl".


Step 8:

Pull needle and yarn through, leaving the 2nd stitch worked still on the knitting needle.

Tip: Once you've done steps 6-11 a few times, you should be able to treat steps 6-8 almost as one motion so the only part you need to keep track of is how to start step 6. See the Tip in Step 12 for how to keep this straight.


Step 9:

Insert the yarn needle through the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl.


Step 10:

Slip the stitch off the knitting needle & onto the yarn needle. Insert the yarn needle into the next stitch knitwise.

Tip: "Knitwise" is just another way of saying "as if to knit".


Step 11:

Pull needle and yarn through, leaving the 2nd stitch worked still on the knitting needle.

Tip: Once you've done steps 6-11 a few times, you should be able to treat steps 9-11 almost as one motion so the only part you need to keep track of is how to start step 6. See the Tip in Step 12 for how to keep this straight.


Continuation:

Repeat steps 6-11 until all stitches have been grafted together.


Tip: To remember if you work the first stitch in the repeat knitwise or purlwise, just look at the fabric that is facing you. If you're working stitches on the front needle, you should have a smooth fabric facing you so you want to work the first stitch as if to knit so that it matches the fabric. Likewise, if you're working stitches on the back needle, you should have the purl bumps facing you so you'll want to work the first stitch purlwise to match the fabric.


Tip: The second stitch is always worked the opposite of the first stitch and stays on the knitting needle. (So, if you just worked the first stitch purlwise, you will work the second stitch knitwise.)



That's it!

Now you can easily graft any and all of your Cuff-Down Socks, convert scarfs to cowls, and seamlessly join any other items you desire!


 


 


More Ways to Try this Technique:

Tales of Childhood Shawl Lace and Mosaic Colorwork Knitting Pattern

Spirit Socks

$7.00 USD

(Linked to the YumiYarns shop)



Tales of Childhood Fingerless Mitts Lace and Mosaic Colorwork Knitting Pattern

Jewel Be So Cozy Circle Scarf

$7.00 USD

(Linked to the YumiYarns shop)




Tales of Childhood Hat Lace and Mosaic Colorwork Knitting Pattern

Kawaii Band

FREE

(Linked to the YumiYarns shop)



 





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