4 Ways to Knit Jogless Stripes
Fed up of having a noticeable line when you knit stripes in the round? Elizabeth Bagwell explains how to create jogless stripes.
One of the downsides of knitting in the round is that when you knit stripes, you often get a ‘jog’. This is the spot at the start of the round where the a stitch from colour #1 is right next to colour #2. It’s a visual jolt, and can be frustrating. Here are four ways to avoid the problem.
Slip the first stitch
Knit your first stripe then, create a jogless change:
1. Change colour as usual and knit the first round.
2. Slip the first stitch of the second round, then complete the round.
3. Knit every following round as usual, until you change colours again when you need to follow the steps above.
For wide stripes, this works fine as written. For narrow stripes (2-4 rows) stacking all these slipped stitches can cause the work to pucker or create a visible line, as there’s a missing stitch every 2-4 rows. In this case, you can try:
Work as above, then for step 3:
3. Knit the slipped stitch. The next stitch (i.e. the one after the slipped stitch) is now the start of the round. Knit every following round as usual, until you change colours again when you need to follow the steps above.
This means that each column (stitch) in each stripe has exactly the same number of rows, and will look really tidy.
The down side to this technique is that it moves the start of the round each time. While this is an advantage, in that the jog is not only well hidden, it’s also distributed around the work, it can be a real pain for certain projects, such as a Fair Isle sleeve.
Knit into the stitch below
As above, knit your first stripe and change colour as usual. Knit the first round. When you come to the first stitch of the second round, pick up the stitch from the round below (i.e. the first stitch in the last round of colour #1) and knit it together with the next stitch (the first stitch of the first round in colour #2).
This turns the stitch in colour #1 into a stretched stitch, which neatly hides the jog. The line is still visible, if you look closely, but is much less noticeable than if you don’t use this technique. Unlike the technique described above, the first stitch in the round does not change.
Break the yarn
If you’re not carrying the yarn between stripes, you don’t need to start the new round in the same place as you finished the old. Complete a round, then slip stitches and join the new thread anywhere else in the round. Remember to finish this second stripe where you started it, so each column (stitch) in the stripe has exactly the same number of rows. Break the yarn, slip some stitches (about a third of the total works well) then join a fresh colour.
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Lana Grossa Cool Wool is a gorgeous superfine merino yarn with 41 shades to choose from! We love these fantastic colours – from left to right, 0501, 2013 and 0537.
Last updated: August 7th, 2015.