I prefer finishing the cabled headbands with a grafting (also called Kitchener) stitch, because the seam is invisible and looks like the knitting. In the cabled headband featured yesterday, however, there are both knit and purl stitches so optimally you would use both knit and purl grafting stitches. In addition, after I wrote about grafting stocking stitch fabrics a number of readers inquired about grafting purl (garter) stitch fabrics, so I have now included stepwise illustrations for this variation.
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Grafting is a versatile technique that produces an invisible join between two pieces. It can be used when lengthening (by inserting rows) or shortening a garment in the middle. If a garment were found to be too long across the center back, you could cut across the stitches, unravel a few rows and then rejoin the two portions by grafting.
For garments or flat knitted work, I lay the work flat on a blocking board to graft, as in this article. For socks, I graft directly from knitting needles. Please refer to the two sock article links below for details. For the mohair gloves, I used a modified "flat" technique, by rolling a face cloth and inserting it into the glove so that I could pin open the 2 loops I was working with, since they were so small, dark and fuzzy that I would otherwise have had to strain to see them well to make sure they didn't twist.
If you are grafting stocking stitch or reverse stocking stitch pieces where both sides are viewed (such as a towel or scarf), then use the technique for grafting stocking stitch pieces described in an earlier article. If you are grafting two pieces of reverse stockinette (where the stocking stitch side will not be viewed) or are grafting two garter stitch pieces together, then use this method for grafting.
Basic Sock - Kitchener Stitch (Grafting Toes) (Top Down Sock)
Basic Toe Up Sock - Kitchener Stitch Toe
Knitted Towel with Lace Trim (Sugar 'n Cream yarn)
Grafting (Joining) Two Stocking Stitch Pieces Together.
Knitwear Repairs & Alterations - Cut Apart and Graft Together (Mohair Glove).
Instructions for Grafting Purl Stitch (Refer to the photos below.)
In the photos below, you see a number of pins. For some fabrics they are very helpful for holding the working loops in the correct orientation, though in this particular example they were only used to assist the photography.