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Kitchener Stitch with Ribs

Occasionally when you're knitting you'll run into a situation where you have to graft two ends of, say, a cabled or ribbed band together to make a loop. (the quick version)

Unfortunately most of the tutorials on the web only discuss the situation where you're grafting stockinette to stockinette, so if you have to graft two ribbed edges together and you need the ridges to match up you may be in a bit of a fix.

Fortunately, making the leap from grafting stockinette to grafting ribs isn't that difficult. (The hard part is wrapping your head around kitchener stitch at all.) Here's how to do it.

  1. Find a kitchener stitch tutorial, e.g. http://www.stitchdiva.com/custom.aspx?id=50, and become comfortable with grafting stockinette to stockinette.
  2. Note that (the first stitch aside) you are passing your needles through two stitches on the front needle and two stitches on the back needle with each 'pass'.
  3. Look at your needles and see if the next two stitches you're grafting are:
  4. Repeat the last step until you're at the last stitch on both needles and then finish as in the kitchener stitch tutorial linked to above.

That should do it. If you have questions, feel free to comment with them.

Here's a summarized version of step 3 that might be more useful for a quick lookup: