March 22, 2009

k2p2 grafting

In order to imperceptibly join the live ends of knitting you use a process called grafting, also known as Kitchener stitch. The stitches end up out of alignment by 1/2 a stitch, but when you have all knit or all purl stitches, this is only noticeable at the edges, and you can futz with it to make it almost completely imperceptible. When joining rib, though, things are more complicated, because it's going to be obvious every time the pattern shifts from knit to purl and back. The instructions here:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?p=474749

make the cleanest K2P2 graft I've tried so far, with an almost imperceptible jog.

I've copied the instructions here, in case the forum post at knittinghelp.com ever goes away, but I'll remove them if asked. They're adapted from instructions in Principles of Knitting, and Amy's alterations are marked in red. These instructions assume you're grafting K2P2 rib, starting with two knit stitches. Where it refers to different stitches in order (as in "one Knit, one Purl"), the first stitch noted is the stitch closest to the needle point. The instructions assume you already know how to graft stockinette stitch.

Preliminary step: Near/Purl, Far/Knit (same as usual)

1. Near on two Knit: Knit/drop, Purl
2. Far on two Knit: Purl/drop, Knit

3. Near on one Knit, one Purl: Knit/drop, knit
4. Far on one Knit, one Purl: Knit/drop, purl

5. Near on two Purl: Purl/drop, Knit
6. Far on two Purl: Knit/drop, Purl

7. Near on one Purl, one Knit: Purl/drop, Purl
8. Far on one Purl, one Knit: Purl/drop, Knit

I particularly like these instructions because I feel I could apply them to any type of rib (okay, assuming no twisted stitches) since the instructions set out what to do in each possible knit/purl combination. The only upsetting thing about these instructions, really, is that the hood of the Urban Aran hoody cardigan I'm making for Stephanie now has a much cleaner-looking graft than the one I did for my own Urban Aran hoody, and that's not a very bad thing at all.

Posted by Ken Allen at March 22, 2009 10:43 PM