Weaving Knitting

After carefully knitting pattern sections it is difficult to sew cast off edges together and get a smooth seam. It is much easier to graft them together before they are cast off. This also eliminates the problem of sometimes pulling the cast off too tight and distorting the edge.
This method is known as grafting or Kitchener stitch.


Keep the knitted pieces on the last needles. Make sure there are the same number of stitches on each needle.
Leave one tail of yarn twice as long as the seam to be sewn.
Place the two pieces wrong sides together with tail end at back right.
Thread the tail on to a tapestry needle.
First you have to set up for grafting:

  1. insert the needle purl-wise into the first stitch on the front needle. Pull through but don’t pull the stitch off the needle
  2. insert the needle knit-wise into the first stitch on the back needle. Pull through but don’t pull the stitch off the needle

You only have to do this at the beginning of the grafting.
Repeat the following along the needles:

  1. insert the tapestry needle into the first stitch on the front needle knit-wise and slip the stitch off the needle
  2. insert the tapestry needle into the second stitch on the front needle purl-wise and leave it on the needle
  3. insert the tapestry needle into the first stitch on the back needle purl-wise and slip the stitch off the needle
  4. insert the tapestry needle into the second stitch on the front needle knit-wise and leave it on the needle

Continue until the last two stitches and do steps 1 and 3.
This is for stocking stitch.
For garter stitch:

  1. purl
  2. purl
  1. knit
  2. purl
  3. knit
  4. purl

1 Response to Weaving Knitting

  1. jenny says:

    fantastic help. Is there a special instruction when joining moss stitch? I need to join an attached hood on a jacket and the whole pattern is moss . Thankyou