Once you have made both gauntlets, it is time to graft them together.
This will give them more or less a seamless appearance.
If you are making the Poppy Cowl, much of this will seem to be review.
First, you need to unzip the provisional cast on, or, if you have used the waste yarn method, simply move the stitches to a needle. I prefer to use circulars for the greater flexibility they afford. Orient the needles so that they are parallel (East/West) if you are located on the Southern mark of the compass. Like so:You will want to cut the live yarn and thread it on a tapestry needle. Leave a good long tail. You won’t want to splice together or weave in ends while grafting.
So, with your needles parallel and wrong sides together (don’t forget the cowl twist) . . . turn 1 end over once, then twice so the ribs line up. You can see that you have a front needle (closest to you) and a back needle (farthest away).
For the following method, I must divulge my debt to Liz Symborski, who took a Poppy Cowl class with me in my studio in September of last year. She took it upon herself to research grafting a rib and found that there really was not a definitive source. After scouring multiple sources and cobbling things together from several places, she sent me and everyone in the class the following summary of the process (only slightly edited by me):
Now with a length of yarn on a tapestry needle join the two sides together as follows:
Put your tapestry needle in the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl (back to front), like this;
NEXT: you will do 1 of four things depending on what the next two stitches on the front needle are: Each time you will do something to 2 stitches on each needle, and each stitch will have the yarn go through it twice.
1. If the next 2 stitches on the front needle are both KNIT stitches (as they should be in this case):
For front needle, put tapestry needle in the stitch as if to knit and then drop that stitch off needle, then put the needle in the next stitch as if to purl and leave it ON the needle.
FRONT – KNIT OFF, PURL ON
BACK – PURL OFF, KNIT ON
Proceed to graft the ribbing, keeping in mind how to handle differently oriented stitches in the following manner:
If the next 2 stitches on the front needle are both PURL stitches
FRONT – PURL OFF, KNIT ON
BACK – KNIT OFF, PURL ON
If the next two stitches are a KNIT then a PURL
FRONT – KNIT OFF, KNIT ON
BACK – PURL OFF, PURL ON
If the next two stitches are a PURL then a KNIT
FRONT – PURL OFF, PURL ON
BACK – KNIT OFF, KNIT ON
Repeat these steps until you run out of stitches. Stop often to see if it looks right and to adjust your tension.