To the uninitiated knitting seems like little more than clanging two needles together while sliding some yarn from one to the other. Of course, the reality is that it is far more complicated than this.
You’ve only got to take a look at all the knitting patterns available online to see just how many garments and other items can be created. Not all of them are easy but they can all look fantastic!
You’ll even find there are a wide array of terms and abbreviations associated with knitting; you need to know these terms to understand the patterns!
The internet has certainly made it easier to understand these terms and to grasp the intricacies of the more complex stitches. Grafting can be seen as one of these and one that is the subject of many tutorials.
What Is Grafting?
In short it is a stitch that can be used to join two rows of live stitches. It is done with a tapestry needle and some yarn; if done properly the pattern is continuous and the seam invisible.
It’s an essential part of creating many items which need to be knitted in sections.
Is Knit Stitch Easier Than Purl?
- The Knit Stitch
To create a knit stitch you need to slide the needle through a loop of yarn from front to back. You then slide the needle through a new section of yarn and pull it through the first loop. The new loop sits in the original loop with both ends sticking out at the front, one on each side.
You then take the new loop and continue the process for as long as necessary.
You can do this same process with a tapestry needle. Ne piece of yarn is threaded through the needle. It is then pushed through the other yarn to make a loop. But, in this case it goes back to front, otherwise known as ‘purlwise’.
You then reinsert the needle through the original loop, front to back without pulling it tight, you will have created the same loop and same stitch as with knitting needles.
- The Purl Stitch
When knitting you create a loop over your needle and then slide the needle through a second loop from back to front. This is then drawn back through the first loop to create a looped stitch.
The main difference is that the tails are at each side to the rear of the stitch, knit stitch eaves them at the front. This will create the traditional purl raised piece in your garment.
This can also be done with a tapestry needle. Simply thread your yarn through the eye of your needle. Then slide the needle through a loop front to back, followed by returning it through the loop back to front.
The exact same stitch will have been created!
There is no right or wrong way to do this, both methods achieve the desired result and both are as easier to do as the other. You just need to choose the one you are most comfortable with.