If we are not careful when we use Kitchener stitch to graft fabric made in garter stitch, we can end up with a seam that forms a wide “valley” between two garter stitch ridges.
The seam will still keep the fabric joined, but this little disruption of the garter stitch pattern will make the seam visible, like a subtle scar on your project. Not the best outcome, right? The good news is that we can easily make the seam perfectly invisible when we do a bit of planning.
We should stop knitting one of the pieces that we plan to graft right after we finish a wrong side row – a row that forms a garter ridge on the right side of the work, and we should stop knitting the other piece after we finish a right side row.
To make sure the pieces of fabric are ready for seaming, turn each piece so that the right side of the work faces you, and pull the fabric down. You shouldn’t see any stitches between the needle and the last garter ridge on one piece (photo A), and you should see them on the other piece (photo B).
The make the seam, we’ll follow two simple steps that are very similar to the steps we do when we use Kitchener stitch to join fabric in stockinette stitch.
You can use this seaming method to join pieces of any project. No one will ever guess where the seam is even if the project is fully reversible like a cowl or a shawl.
The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #5. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (336 pages!) with this and 46 other tutorials included in the collection.
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