Russian grafting is a method of joining live knitting stitches and is used as an alternative to Kitchener stitch in our Argyle Christmas Stocking pattern. It is a good choice here because the stripes on the toe would not align exactly if you grafted using Kitchener stitch, so the decorative Russian grafting is used instead.
This particular method of Russian grafting uses a crochet hook to join the stitches. Use a crochet hook that is the same size or slightly smaller than your knitting needles. Russian grafting can also be used to join two separate pieces of knitting.
1. Hold both needles in the left hand with one behind the other, with yarn tails at the left side (far end) of the needles
2. Insert the crochet hook through the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl...
and slide it off the needle.
3. Insert the crochet hook through the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl, slide it off the needle...
and pull this stitch through the first stitch on the hook (1 loop will remain on crochet hook).
4. Insert the crochet hook through the first back stitch as if to knit, slide it off the needle and it pull through the stitch on the hook.
5. Insert the crochet hook through the first front stitch as if to knit, slide it off the needle and pull it through the stitch on the hook.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all stitches have been grafted.
Pull yarn tail through the last stitch to secure (for the Argyle Christmas Stocking, just use one of the two yarn tails).
Pull yarn tail(s) to inside of toe and weave in ends. Admire your beautiful decorative seam!
Summer is a time when I gravitate towards certain types of projects: lace (not too hot and bulky), socks (small and portable), shawls (don’t have to worry about fit), and crochet (fast).
Hitting three out of four of my vacation-project favourites, this seems like the perfect time of year to review one of Interweave’s latest compilation books: Classic Crochet Shawls. This book includes 20 shawl patterns from the Interweave archives, so some may look familiar as they’ve all been previously published in either books or magazines.
Annie, one of our interns in the dye studio this spring, has been documenting her experience so far. Here's a little taste of what it's like behind the scenes from her perspective:
Today, I mixed some blue dye. Like with the other colors, we have to be very careful with the recipe. Mixing colors feels like being in Breaking Bad. With my gloves, my apron and my mask, I probably look like a mad scientist. It’s probably my favorite task, creating beautiful colors.