Grafting a seam with a kitchener stitch is much easier and nicer looking if I work from the purl side. Before I ran onto this method, I stayed away from grafting a seam like the plague. I knew how to do it but it sure didn't look very nice. But it's just so easy for me now and looks much better, totally invisible. I hope you try it the next time you have occassion to graft a seam. It's particularly nice when used to close the seam across the toe of a cuff down sock.
To kitchener stitch a seam, begin by having both edges scrapped off with several rows of waste yarn. Then fold fabric in
half, with the purl sides out and the waste yarn sandwiched in between the
from the yarn tail side. Use a blunt
nose needle to minimize yarn splitting. I’m
using a contrasting (blue) yarn to highlight the stitches. Insert needle with the yarn tail into the bottom
of the outermost stitch and bring it up through the outermost stitch on the
other (top) side. Pull yarn through both
From the same
(top) side, insert the needle into the next stitch from the top down.
At the same
time, insert needle into the previously worked stitch of the other (bottom)
side. Pull yarn through both stitches.
On the same side
as last stitch (bottom), insert needle from the new stitch on the bottom side
and into the previously worked stitch of the other (top) side. Pull yarn through both stitches.
From the last stitch
worked on the same (top) side, insert needle into the next new stitch and into
the previously worked stitch on the other (bottom) side. You will always have 2 yarn strands in each
Continue in this
manner across the row, keeping your tension snug but not tight and trying to
duplicate the original tension of your work.
The folded over waste yarn helps to keep the tension even. You will soon
get into a rhythm of ‘old/new, old/new’ on each side.
Finished row of
Turn work inside
out with waste yarn on the outside.
Notice your new row of stitches (in contrasting blue yarn).
yarn and admire your perfectly grafted seam!
NOTE: When I graft a sock toe, I catch the knot of
each stitch from the last row of each side before I start grafting the
seam. This will close any holes that may
have developed by stretching the yarn between the ribber and main bed and will minimize the ‘ears’ that may
form. Do the same on the other side of
the toe after completing the grafting and before tying off.