When we need to join open stitches to a cast on edge or any other row of the fabric, we have two main options. The first one is to stitch them in place with the backstitch – a quick and simple way that forms a neat but visible seam.
Or, we can put a little bit more effort into this task and attach the open stitches with a fully invisible seam using a knitting technique called “half-grafting”.
Grafting is another name for Kitchener stitch. Half-grafting uses the same logic of mimicking the look of the knitted fabric, but because we use only one set of open stitches, this method is not as intricate as the classic Kitchener stitch.
Let’s see how we can half-graft stitches step by step.
This simple seaming technique is indispensable when we want to stitch together two ends of a scarf to make a cowl, join live stitches to armhole, attach an afterthought border to the bottom of a sweater, or put together pieces of a knitted toy.
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