A printable version of Jenny’s Easy Graft is included in the Soft Structure pattern.
Easier than A-B-C, 1-2-3!
Even seasoned knitters sometimes struggle with the Kitchener. Newer knitters can be brought to their knees in bouts of tears & swearing. Luckily, it doesn’t need to be that way.
Several years ago, confuzzled as to what I was doing wrong, I grafted a sock – several times in row – backwards. Every single time I finished only to find purl bumps on the outside of my sock. I ripped out the bad graft several times before I gave up and and finally flipped the sock inside out. At this point, I intentionally repeated the process and found it came out perfectly. The graft was obtained with amazing ease. I had successfully Kitchenered before, and didn’t recall it being all that difficult, yet I was having massive issues. Now though, armed with a new method that was simple, felt more natural, and is easier to remember, why would I ever Kitchener again? Okay, there are a few times this won’t work as a replacement, but they are seriously few.
This technique is in some ways similar to a 3 Needle Bind Off, but does not incorporate the extra knit and BO stitch. Instead, this graft is obtained with a sewn edge, just like the Kitchener. It is perfect for sock toes, folds and any time you have 2 sets of live stitches you would otherwise be trying to seamlessly graft. I’ve looked far and wide for reference to this and have only ever found others hint at it… in error and completely confuzzled just like I was.
I sure hope you find it to be the solution to your grafting issues too.
Easy Graft Directions::
- Align the needles together with the purl ridges on the outside. Turn socks inside out if needed.
- Leave a long yarn tail threaded on a darning needle attached to the piece in back for separate pieces or the front for holes.
- All stitches occur under the working needles.
- When pulling yarn through, pull until taut, but not tight.
You can see the full photo set on FLickr.
For separate pieces/open edge:
A. Insert threaded needle as if to purl through the 1st stitch on the front needle. Pull yarn through. Insert needle as if to knit through the 1st stitch on the back needle. Pull yarn though.
B. Insert needle as if to purl from back to front through the 2nd stitch on the back needle and the 1st stitch on the front needle simultaneously. Pull yarn through.
C. Slip the 1st stitches of both needles, leaving the 2nds, off.
For sock toes/holes: For when yarn is in front. (No proper photos, sorry – they are coming!)
Insert needle into 1st stitch on back needle as in Step 2. Do not remove stitch.
Insert needle into 2nd sts on front needle through 1st sts on back needle, a reverse of Set Up C.
Continue onto Steps, working yarn from back to front (Step 2) and front to back (Step 1).
Insert needle from the front to the back through both leading legs simultaneously, pulling yarn through. Slip the stitch from only back needle off.
Insert needle from the back to the front through both leading legs simultaneously, pulling yarn through. Slip the stitch from only front needle off.
Repeat Steps 1 & 2 until all stitches have been slipped off their needles. Pass needle through last stitch one final time and slip completely off needles. Weave in tail.