Hello knitting friends,
Before we get into grafting, let me congratulate you on getting this far in knitting a sock! Awesome work!
I remember the first socks that I knit. I felt like I had conquered the knitting world by shaping heels and doing toes. Sock knitting really is quite an accomplishment in knitting. You're not a freshman knitter anymore!!
Let's talk about grafting which is also known as Kitchener stitch.
Grafting is a way of closing up the toe hole without seams that can let behind clumps or knots. Grafting is a smooth finish -- one that you will marvel at as you see the process come together.
Think of grafting as a two part process. First you set up for the work. Then you do the actual grafting. There's a rhythm that you'll use for each needle:
FRONT -- knit off, purl stay
BACK -- purl off, knit stay.
Here's what happens
🧦🧦 The working strand travels through the slipped stitched and forms a row that looks exactly like knit stitches.
🧦🧦 The two needles are held parallel to each other.
🧦🧦 Hold the front needle slightly lower than the back needle so the back work is visible
🧦🧦 The yarn moves around the right (not left) side of the work, NOT over the tops of the needles.