Grafting Question - Help!

I'm currently knitting the "Scalloway Yoke" jumper from the book "The Art of Fair Isle Knitting" by Ann Feitelson. Those who may have this book can check out the pattern. When attaching the sleeves to the body, the pattern calls for grafting live stitches and then continuing to graft live stitches to a selvedge line. I can Kitchener without problems, but I don't know how to graft to selvedge. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge with this? Any links to on-line tutorials? This recipe is a bit more complex than I'd expected. The stranded pattern is not difficult but the method of doing the yoke is news to me. Ah, the challenges of life!

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated! Cheers!


grandcarriage's picture

Ok puppy, this is EASY. Think about kitchener stitches and grafting: Basically, what you are doing in this case is a cross between grafting and seaming. Unless otherwise specified in the pattern, you line your stitches up evenly with the selvedge you are going to attatch to and then duplicate a row of knitting with your kitchener stitch, except that you will be (usually) going between rows of stitches rather than blending individual stitches. I, depending on the firmness of the fabric/selvedge, will either do it 1/2 stitch in(on v. firm fabric) or 1 stitch in on looser knits. The reason for doing this rather than the usual seaming of cast off ends is greater elasticity of "seam" and a greatly decreased hem. You are basically doing a "picked up stitch cast on" as if knitting from the selvedge, but in this case, it is after the fact. Hope this helps. Just try what you think looks best. The secret is regularness of stitch: Insert your needle at the same point of every stitch (row) and it will look fine 99% of the time. Bonne Chance!

Tallguy's picture

Yes, kitchener and grafting is the same thing. Different words for the same effect.

Now, in regular kitchener (and grafting is the correct term), you are matching stitch to stitch and it is quite easy to do.

However, when you are matching stitch to row, you have to do a bit of planning. As you already know, stitch gauge does not match row gauge exactly. There are more rows than stitches to the inch. That means you will have to skip a row for every 4, 5, or 6 stitches. You have to determine this. It's the same as picking up along the selvedge of knitting -- you knit 3, skip 1, and so forth. When grafting, you "duplicate stitch" into a few rows, and then skip one, and then repeat. You don't want to create puckers or pleats, and you already know this if you have tried sewing in sleeves. You are doing the same thing, except creating a line of stitches as you do it. This makes for a nicer seam with some flexibility.

Pin it into place, and you will see clearly how this needs to be done. I like to start in the center and work out. Just take your time, make neat evenly tensioned stitches, and it will look just fabulous! (did I say that?!)