Cuatro Wrap: Those Long Grafted Seams

By Kay Gardiner
January 5, 2023
Joji Locatelli's designs for MDK Field Guide No. 22: Grace are pure elegance, to knit and to wear.

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  • Lorilee Beltman desires an Elizabeth (knitting Emmy).
    That is the FIRST time Kitchener has ever made sense..who knew? Include “pop” and “pivot” and all kinds of helpful hints.

  • Ok, here’s my dumbness showing: I’ve used Kitchener for years for stockinette knitting, but are you saying it can be used just the same way for garter stitch? I wish I had known that when I grafted the four sections of my temp blanket together, by 3KBO, which took a long time. But in that case I wanted the seams (solstices and equinoxes) to show – if I didn’t I could have used Kitchener? Same on-and-off pattern? Really? Guess I’d better watch the video. Not to mention swatch. Duh.

    • Lorilee Beltman is one of the best teachers out there. I was fortunate to have her shop, City Knitting, as my LYS in Grand Rapids, MI for many years before she moved to the Northwest. If ever you have an opportunity to take a class from her, do it!

      • I took a class with her at MD Sheep and Wool last spring, and LOVED her! She is a wonderful teacher. Hoping she will be back this spring!

    • Not quite! If you Kitchener garter stitch, you will end up with an extra valley between your garter ridges. To join garter stitch to garter stitch you simply do the same operation on both needles: knit off, purl on.

      • That’s where I have issues remembering!

      • The Cuatro Wrap is so cleverly designed that you do regular Kitchener and it melts perfectly into the garter stitch.

      • Wow! Thanks Therese!

  • I love Kitchener, maybe because of all the socks I knit. Have to give a shoutout to the Quattro Wrap. The yarn is wonderful to work with. Such a good hand and makes a beautiful fabric. From the KAL Zooms you did, I started with Judy’s Magic Cast-on and I decided I would slip the edges. It reminded me to increase just like the stitch markers at the spine stitch. I am blocking each triangle separately just because it is a big piece. Should start joining Friday!!

  • I do fear Kitchener stitch and wimped out and did a three needle bindoff on my Quatro wrap – the effect is totally fine – smooth and quick (for me) but will watch the video for future reference. Happy new year to all.

  • I did 3NBO, not because I am afraid of grafting but because it is faster for me. Either way it is a beautiful wrap.

  • Kay, how do you prevent the yarn from wearing out, as you pull it through so many stitches?

    • It just doesn’t, maybe that would happen with a very lightly twisted yarn but was not an issue at all with the Tynd.

  • Kay, I love to read the missives between you and Ann. It’s a bit of morning magic! Thanks for this!

  • All I can say is wow,it makes it so much easier after watching her video.

  • That is truly the very best tutorial ever! I learn so much from MDK, thank you for continuing to be the best daily thing in my inbox! And congratulations on finishing your temperature blanket!

  • Lorilee Beltman is the Bomb Digity! I have learned other tricks of hers and she is a great teacher—I had the pleasure of taking a class taught by her.

  • I just love reading your posts. “Eleventy hundred”
    How do you know how much yarn tail to leave for each piece you need to graft?

    • Four times the length of the seam

  • Kay, I totally agree with you—this video is the best!!! As a senior new knitter, I was first introduced to it thanks to a similar MDK article a few years ago. I refer other knitters to it whenever I hear “kitchenor, ugh.” And when I don’t trust my memory, I rewatch the video and go confidently to my kitchenoring. Your wrap is lovely!

  • Major accomplishments Kay, congratulations! Ever since you first turned me on to LLB’s Kitchener video, I have it saved in my phone and use it exclusively. Thank you for that and all your delightful letters and info!

  • Kay, your article today is packed with all kinds of wonderful ideas and projects. How very kind of you to donate your temperature blanket to the awarded recipient. That’s a mighty lucky person! Also, your Cuatro Wrap is GORGEOUS! Those colors are just lovely together. Also, I agree about Lori Beltman’s teaching. She is so gifted in bringing knitting techniques down to the basics that make “common sense” to the viewer. Thank you for reminding me again about her. I so love the MDK site and the info that pops up on my screen every morning with my cup of coffee! It’s a great way to start the day.

  • Congratulations on your 2022 Temp. Blanket.I have started my 2023 blanket, and here in Buffalo the 1st three day were all the same color. So fewer ends to weave in. I am doing one end each day. I am also trying to knit during Lester on the Evening New each night. 2 rows are easy. I can do that during the commercials. Thanks for posting the You Tube on the Kitchener ,I will remembering on the Knit side take it off and on the Purl side take it off will help Thank You

    • Starting my 2023 scarf today. In the round. No ends to weave in,

      • As did I, we seem to be behind the times. Best of luck with your project

  • Finchley Graft! I looked it up once and haven’t had to check it again! You do work it from the wrong side (so with socks you have to turn them inside out, but it is so very easy to do, it’s totally worth that little inconvenience.

    • Oh, that’s nice! Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks so much! Great information and it’s so much easier on the yarn, too.

  • Excellent video! Thanks for sharing.

  • Sometimes it just takes awhile….today I realized something about MDK. Each morning I get up, make tea, pray & journal then open MDK. After that it is a quick scan of NYT. For some reason today it hit me, modern DAILY knitting. Yes, yes, I know you have written about your mission of daily knitting news. Yes, yes, I have been following you since the olden days of “two friends writing letters back and forth.” But today I realized. DAILY. This is a DAILY read for me. You are part of my routine. And I am grateful. The writing, the inspiration, the humor, the challenges, the kindness, the adventures, the art; community is all of this. Thank you Ann & Kay for the gift that is you – for the gift you gave us from the moment you two said “Yes” to this creative venture to the gift you give us with each new “Yes”. To quote Mary Engelbreit, “Life is just so DAILY.” I’m so in. Thank you.

    • Very well said!

  • Brava!

  • Oh, perfect timing!! Thanks for that video & endorsement! I have grafting of the 5-Point Bomber collar coming up soon!

  • Not afraid, more of a “it’s not knitting so I don’t wanna” kinda thing! But I’ve now embraced sewn bind off for my toe-up socks . . . so anything can happen! This is one for the handy-dandy ‘save this page to my account’ button for sure!

  • I finished my Cuatro Wrap and I loved the smooth grafted look.

    I couldn’t even BELIEVE there were liters knitted from small to big because omg the magic of miters is not just the graphic beauty but that they get QUICKER as they go.
    Now there’s something about the beauty of your SEAM than makes me reconsider my life and knitting orientation.

    I mean, aren’t you the knitter from whom we learned to make entire unseamed-just-picked-up blankets?

    And yet…

  • Going down a rabbit hole once, I came across Rox Richards and her description of the Finchley Graft – it is WAAAAYYYYYY easier and much less fussy than the Kitchner stitch. It is on youtube. Try it out, you will like it 🙂

  • I’ve been meaning to thank you for your original the memorize the Kitchener post — it’s amazing! And how did I never realize that before? Plus when you add Kate Atherley’s Post which suggests skipping the “set up” it’s even easier!
    Thank you!

  • Once I figured out that you don’t have to start in the middle of the knit off/ purl on pattern the kitchen stitch became easy for me. Just start with knit off/purl on and keep going. There is no noticable change in the look of the stitches I think it’s the ‘start in the middle’ thing that is confusing. That thing looks big enough to bury anyone trying to wear it. It will wear you!