Grafting

I am working on Eisig-Warm by dreamersplace in navy, silver grey, beige and dusty green in Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice.  It is a fun design all worked in garter stitch and I was zipping through it until I got to the line in the direction that said: join the stripy block and the main block with kitchener stitch.

Well, I have made many top-down socks that requires a kitchener stitch to graft the two sides of the toe together, so I though I knew what I was doing.  I also have a little cheat sheet that a lady named Georgia gave me when I took her sock class at one of my local yarn stores.

Here is the little cheat sheet (which I keep in little pouch that houses all my darning needles):

F  P  on

B  K  on

F  K  off      repeat

F  P  on         x

B  P  off         x

B  K  on         x

The F is for the front needle and the B if for the back needle.  The P is to insert the darning needle as if to purl and the K is to insert the darning needle as if to knit.  The on says to leave the stitch on the knitting needle after you pull the darning needle through the stitch as indicated.  The off says to pull the stitch off the knitting needle after after you pull the darning needle through.

The first two lines are only done once in preparation for the repeat of the next four lines until all the stitches are grafted together and removed off the knitting needles.

I love the way Georgia boiled the kitchener stitch to its simplest terms.  Her little typed up sheet looks just like what I typed it up – nothing fancy.

Now back to my Eisig-Warm cowl.  When I got to the part where I had to join my stripy block to my main block, I pulled out Georgia’s cheat sheet and grafted both sides together in no time but my join did not look right.  (I wish I had enough foresight to have taken a picture)!  In the middle of my wonderful garter stitch ridges, I had a row of stockinette!  I could not figure out what went wrong.  I though I had to do the graft on the wrong side.  I took it all out and tried again and again and again and again in many different ways – all with horrible results.

I put it away for a day to think about it and it finally occurred to me that I have to do something different to graft garter stitches together.  I found a wonderful explanation in The Knitter’s Companion and I was able to get the graft done correctly.  There is even more types of grafting explained in the Reader’s Digest Knitter’s Handbook.  I found headings for knit grafting, purl grafting, garter-stitch grafting, ribbing grafting, grafting to stitch lines and grafting to rows.

For now, I just concentrated on the garter-stitch grafting and I decided to do a Georgia cheat sheet for myself for the future.  Here is what it looks like:

F  P  on

B  P  on

F  K  off      repeat

F  P  on          x

B  K  off         x

B  P  on         x

Here is my Eisig-Warm Cowl:

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Keep on knitting!

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About rmusso

I am from India and I came with my parents to New York in 1969 after spending two years in England. I’m married to a wonderful man named Anthony and we have a son named Nathan. I am a Christian and worship a mighty God! I love to knit and do it every day with a little bit of crocheting throw in. I just knit for fun but recently have started knitting for charity. I am trying to use the talent God gave me to help others.
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