Traditional Bavarian jacket: grafting hood together tutorial

How does the hood of the traditional Bavarian jacket Aidenried get a nice shape, and a perfect finish? Decreases make sure the hood fits well, and then the last stitches on the needles are connected invisibly by grafting them together. This photo tutorial shows how …

this works. After all the decreases have been carried out as described in the pattern, the remaining stitches are grafted together in garter stitch. First cut the working thread (three times the length of the finished seam is sufficient), then thread it through a blunt darning needle. Put the work before you with the remaining thread on the right side.

Grafting knit stitches together to form a hood with an invisible seam

Here in you can see the stitch markers which helped me keep track of the decreases. They are no longer needed and can be removed. Now first push the needle through the first stitch on the front needle purlwise (from the right to the left side), pull the thread through, but leave the stitch on the needle.

grafting knit stitches together invisibly in garter stitch to form a hood

This image already shows a piece of the finished seam – and it shows how the needle is again pushed through the on the front needle. Next, push the needle through the first stitch on the back needle purlwise from right to left and pull the thread through, this stitch also remains on the needle.

grafting knit stitches together invisibly to form a hood

From now on, the process is repeated: *Push the needle through the first stitch on the front needle (through which the thread has already been pulled before) knitwise from left to right and pull the thread through, this time let the stitch slide off the needle. Then push the darning needle through the next stitch on the front needle purlwise from right to left as shown above, leaving the stitch still on the needle.

Grafting knit stitches together in garter stitch to form a hood

Continue with the back needle: Push the darning needle through the stitch on the back that had already been threaded through knitwise from left to right, then slide the stitch off the needle. Then, as before, push through the next stitch on the back needle purlwise, pull the thread through, but leave the stitch still on the needle.

grafting stitches together invisibly in garter stitch to form a hood

Repeat from * until all stitches are used up. As you can see – you won’t see a seam! You will quickly find out how to tighten the thread evenly, not too loosely or too tightly, to make the seam invisible. Small irregularities disappear after the first washing – and the hood fits perfectly! The pattern is available here.

Back of hooded traditional Bavarian jacket

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