October 16th, 2012

Tuesday’s Knitting Tip – Jogless Stripes

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When knitting stripes in the round, a jog is created at the color changes (bottom arrow). This is because knitting in the round is actually knitting in a spiral. One row is not neatly stacked on top of the other, but instead a spiraling continuation of the previous row.

To avoid the jog created by changing colors during striping:

1. Knit a row of your new color normally

2. On the next round, slip the first stitch of the round as if to purl, then continue knitting normally. This slipped stitch is elongated and pulls the entire row up higher to hide the jog created when changing colors.

The top arrow shows a stripe created using the slipped stitch method. The slipped stitch blends in with the other stitches for an almost invisible join.

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6 Responses to “Tuesday’s Knitting Tip – Jogless Stripes”

  1. Dina Says:

    Hey, thanks for this! Helpful little tip 🙂

  2. Penny Says:

    Great tip! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Laurie Says:

    Thanks so much for the tip!

  4. Essie Says:

    Who thinks of this stuff? So glad we have all these inventive, creative people to figure all this out! thank you!

  5. Sara McGregor Says:

    Elizabeth Zimmermann talked about it with Meg Swansen and Meg then perfected it. That’s who “came up with it.” Both have “unvented” so many techniques that we now take for granted in the knitting world. Thank you to Meg and Elizabeth for this one…and to Web’s for bringing it forward again.

  6. Connie Says:

    I took a class in 1972 to learn knitting. Life interrupted. Now I retired with a promise to myself to refresh and improve my knitting. I have been in Purl Soho, my son owns a hair salon just a few blocks away. Your yarns are awesome and your instruction is perfect. Thank you for being here for this advancing beginner

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