Lengthening a short hat: grafting in ribbing

I recently knit Jared Flood's Habitat using his yarn, Shelter. The thing that bummed me out was the way it came out a bit short. I've already ripped it back once, and am not up for any more ripping. So my plan is to add some length to the 2x1 ribbing by knitting a separate brim, removing the cast on row on the hat, and grafting the two pieces together.

The only trick is figuring out how to execute the grafting. I love kitchener stitch, but ribbing is a lot harder to read, as are the newly revealed bottoms of the stitches. Has anyone had any success in such a venture?



Bill's picture

I unraveled the cast on edge...picked up the stitches...and knitted until I had the right length.

WillyG's picture

Doesn't that shift all the stitches over a half stitch? I tried doing that once and came out really disappointed.

vsidart's picture

Even though you've already done your extension, I'd go with Bill's suggestion. Trying to graft that seems like it would be fiendishly difficult! Good luck!

davidUK's picture

I'd have knitted from the picked up stitches - you could always make a virtue of it and do it in another colour. I did one for my brother and it looked fine with a different coloured end.

Greetings from the UK


Kerry's picture

Would a three needle bind off work?

Bill's picture


Bill's picture

It did...but it is right on the fold line...

Tallguy's picture

Yup, WillyG, you have to be careful with direction when grafting ribbing. You cannot do it from opposite directions... you have to knit your extra knitting in the same direction as the original. You are quite correct that you cannot continue to knit ribbing downwards from your cast on edge.

I find it easier to put in at least one extra row in different colured waste yarn, and that is easier to follow as the path with your grafting yarn. I like the explanation Lucy Neatby uses with her sock toe chimneys.
Works every time. And very easy to do. But watch the direction of the knitting.

WillyG's picture

Thanks for the link. Yesterday I knit a model in really fat yarn, and am using that as a visual reference. I had started to unravel it to see what was happening, but so far I've found it most helpful to refer to a swatch of fabric with a single row knit in contrasting yarn.

Grafting in ribbing experiment

I've had some glitches, but I'm getting better at reading it. If I crash and burn, I may try some of the other suggestions, but I'm currently trying to salvage the beauty of the organic flow of the pattern from ribbing to cables.

Tallguy's picture

I should have added that it may be better to rip out the ribbing, and then re-knit it all downwards for the length you need. You CAN knit ribbing downwards, but only if you start with a stocking stitch row. However, one thing you cannot do is rip ribbing from the cast on edge! Try it. You can only rip from the end to the beginning. Stocking stitch is another story.

So --- we have a real problem here! There is a very good reason to start with a provisional cast on, and then do the ribbing at the end, for as long as needed (advance planning). OR you can cut the yarn at one stitch on the stocking stitch row, and pull that row out (see EZ for a lesson on this). Then you can re-start your ribbing, downwards. I've done that before -- not as scary as it sounds.

To do the grafting, I find it easiest on a stocking stitch side. So do the stst... then turn the piece over, and do that side! Turn and do it again. It will all make sense when you do it.

smalltownknitguy's picture

3 needle bind off to the inside? Just a thought.