Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
When knitting stripes in the round, a common problem knitters face is the jog in the stripe. Since knitting in the round is actually more of a spiral than a series of stacked rows, when the new color stripe is added at the beginning of a row, it appears to start in the middle of a round. This leads to an unprofessional, jagged looking stripe. There are three different techniques for avoiding the jog when knitting stripes in the round.
Knit With Both Colors In The First Stitch of the new round where you are beginning the color change. Knit a few more stitches in the new color, then go back and use a crochet hook or another knitting needle tip to pull the old color to the right and the new color to the left, so you have both colors coming out of one stitch to avoid the jog. This technique is best for a stripe that is a single round of color, as the two techniques below rely on more than one round to solve the jog.
Pull Up The New Color Stitch On It’s Second Round, in other words, switch colors at the beginning of a round, continue knitting in the new color, and when you come reach the beginning of the second round in the new color, pull up the stitch below is though doing a lifted increase, only you slip the stitch. By pulling the first stitch up into the second round of color you solve the job.
Meg Swansen’s Jogless Jog is very similar to the previous technique. Join in the new color at the beginning of a round. Complete knitting a round with the new color, then when you come back so you are right above the first stitch of the new color, knit into both the bottom stitch and the new stitch in order to avoid the jog. With this technique, you do not slip the bottom stitch, you knit it together with the new stitch. This technique also works by pulling the first stitch of the new color up to solve the jog.
Each of these three techniques is a little bit different, so experiment and choose the best one to rid yourself of the jog in your project. The first technique is suited very well to a single round of stripes, but you may be happy with its effect even when knitting stripes of several rounds. You can try this in your gauge swatch, or go back and change it quickly in your project if you think a different technique than the one you used would look better. Each individual hand knit project and knitter is unique, feel free to choose the best technique for you and your project.
References: Meg Swansen’s Knitting, 1999