tutorial – knitting jogless stripes in the round

Knitting jogless stripes in the round

When working knitting in the round, you’re actually working in a spiral. This means, that when knitting stripes, you get a little “jog” when switching from the one to the other color. Of course, there are also many ways to help counteract this effect. Some methods only work well with very wide stripes. However, the one I’ll be showing here, also works well with narrow stripes.

Materials used

Yarn: Scheepjes Sunkissed, a fingering weight 100% cotton yarn (170 meters / 50 grams). Pictured here in the colors 7 Pistachio Ice and 6 Oceanside.

Needles: * KnitPro Zing Fixed Circular Needles. In this tutorial, I used the 3 mm (US 2 1/2) size with a cable length of 60 cm (24 inches).

Knitting jogless stripes in the round step by step

  1. To start, finish your round with the old color, but do not yet move the end-of-round stitch marker to the other needle.

    Step 1 of knitting jogless stripes

  2. Next, place the last worked stitch back on to the left-hand needle.

    Step 2

  3. Now take the other color yarn and knit the stitch you just placed back onto the left-hand needle.

  4. With the new color, continue working the round until you’re one stitch before the end-of-round.

  5. Insert the right-hand needle in the stitch below the one near the tip of the left-hand needle and place it back on the needle.

    Step 5 of knitting jogless stripes

  6. Make sure to place the stitch in the “old color” in front of the one in the “new color”

    This is what covers the jog!step 6

  7. Finally, knit both loops together.

    And that’s it!The last and final step of working jogless stripes

Considering that I’m knitting this tee with a 100% cotton yarn at a relatively loose gauge, I find the end result to be amazingly jogless indeed. I mean, it’s not absolutely invisible, but still pretty hard to detect!

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