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Technique Tuesday: Grafting 1x1 ribbing or seed stitch

Kitchener’s can also be used to seamlessly join 1x1 ribbing and seed stitch. This technique is a bit more involved than just the stockinette or garter grafting as it is a combination of the two.

Grafting 1x1 Ribbing

In this case there will be four steps, two for the Knit stitches on each needle and two for the Purl stitches. The first series of steps is for ribbing beginning with a knit stitch, or to get seed stitch that begins with a knit stitch;

Step 1: Insert Tapestry needle pwise into the 1st stitch on the front needle, leave on
Step 2: Insert tapestry needle kwise into the 1st stitch on the back needle, leave on
Step 3: Insert kwise into the 1st stitch on the front needle, slip stitch off, insert kwise into next stitch on the front needle leave on.
Step 4: Insert pwise into the 1st stitch on the back needle, slip stitch off, insert pwise into next stitch on the back needle leave on.
Step 5: Insert pwise into the 1st stitch on the front needle, slip stitch off, insert pwise into next stitch on the front needle leave on.
Step 6: Insert kwise into the 1st stitch on the back needle, slip stitch off, insert kwise into next stitch on the backneedle leave on.

And if your ribbing begins with a purl stitch, or to get seed stitch that begins with a purl stitch;

Step 1: Insert Tapestry needle kwise into the 1st stitch on the front needle, leave on
Step 2: Insert tapestry needle pwise into the 1st stitch on the back needle, leave on
Step 3: Insert pwise into the 1st stitch on the front needle, slip stitch off, insert pwise into next stitch on the front needle leave on.
Step 4: Insert kwise into the 1st stitch on the back needle, slip stitch off, insert kwise into next stitch on the back needle leave on.
Step 5: Insert kwise into the 1st stitch on the front needle, slip stitch off, insert kwise into next stitch on the front needle leave on.
Step 6: Insert pwise into the 1st stitch on the back needle, slip stitch off, insert pwise into next stitch on the backneedle leave on.

If grafting seed stitch both sides need to have the same row worked last, and then choose the grafting steps that begin with the opposite stitch. For example if your seed stitch begins with a knit stitch you will want to graft the instructions for beginning with a purl stitch, and vice versa.

Grafting Seed Stitch
Grafting seed stitch is the same as 1x1 ribbing you just have to make sure that the first and last row are the same and that you are working the opposite row you would work for 1x1 ribbing. So for example if your first and last row of seed stitch begin with a knit stitch you would work a grafting row that begins with a purl stitch. If your first and last rows begin with a purl stitch you would work a grafting row that begins with a knit stitch.

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