How to Do an Invisible Graft Seam When Knitting

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When you need to close two rows of live stitches without a visible seam, use the kitchener stitch. A live stitch is any knitting stitch that has not yet been bound off, such as those at the toe of a sock. Not only does a kitchener stitch produce an invisible seam on the outside, it eliminates the bumpy inner seam that can irritate your skin. Also known as grafting, sewing with the kitchener stitch is the ideal way to attach the stitches left on two double-pointed needles.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Yarn needle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Break the working yarn, leaving a strand at least twice as long as the seam to be sewn. Thread the tail into the eye of a yarn needle.

  2. 2

    Lay the two needles holding the stitches close together. You should have the same number of stitches on both needles, and the working yarn should come from the far right stitch on the upper needle.

  3. 3

    Sew through the first stitch on the bottom needle. Insert the yarn needle from right to left through the front of the stitch.

  4. 4

    Sew through the far right stitch on the upper needle as if to knit. Pull the working yarn underneath the bottom needle and to the right of the first sewn stitch.

  5. 5

    Sew back through the first sewn stitch as if to knit. Pull the stitch off the bottom needle.

  6. 6

    Sew through the second stitch on the bottom needle as if to purl.

  7. 7

    Sew back through the first sewn stitch on the upper needle as if to purl. Pull the stitch off the needle.

  8. 8

    Sew through the next stitch on the upper needle as if to knit.

  9. 9

    Sew through the next stitch on the bottom row as if to knit, pull the stitch off the needle, go through the next stitch on the top row as if to purl, pull the stitch off the needle, and work across the row as above until you have one stitch left on the top needle.

  10. 10

    Sew through the last stitch as if to purl. Cut off all but 2 inches of the tail. Weave the tail down the side of the knitted object.

Tips and warnings

  • Yarn needles also are called wool needles and darning needles.

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