Chain Grafting Step by Step

Chain Grafting Step by Step

If you are looking for an alternative to Kitchener stitch, chain grafting is a wonderful option to consider. This simple method forms a beautiful decorative seam that is elastic but doesn’t stretch out of shape.

It is a great way to make shoulder seams, assemble parts of a modular blanket, or make other seams that are meant to join two sets of live stitches.

Because a seam formed by chain grafting looks like a neat chain of stitches, it will look great on a project made with any stitch pattern.

Instead of being invisible like a seam formed by Kitchener stitch, this seam proudly shows off its texture, adding a lovely element to any project.

The easiest way to make this seam is by using a crochet hook, and we can adjust the elasticity of the seam by changing the size of the hook. I find that we get a neat moderately elastic seam when we use a crochet hook that is two sizes smaller than the knitting needles we used to make the project.

For example, I used 10 mm (US size 15) knitting needles to make the swatches shown in this tutorial, and I used an 8 mm (US size L-11) hook to seam those swatches.

If you’ve never used a crochet hook before, don’t worry – in this tutorial, I’ll walk you through each step of the seam-making process with clear photos and detailed explanation.

The wrong side of this seam looks very much like one row of reverse stockinette stitch, and that makes chain grafting a perfect option in cases when we want to make a moderately elastic seam that blends in with the bumpy texture of reverse stockinette.

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Would you like to learn more about ways to seam knits?

If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.

Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko -

Chain Grafting Step by Step | 10 rows a day
Chain Grafting Step by Step | 10 rows a day
Chain Grafting Step by Step | 10 rows a day