How to Knit a Traveling Jogless Stripe in the Round

A viewer emailed me asked for a tutorial on jogging less. Now if there is something I know its how to spend less time jogging. I’m incredibly good at not jogging by eating potato chips, sitting and watching Buffy while knitting, or even going for a walk to my car. In fact I do just about anything I can to avoid jogging.


Ok I misread that. They want to know how to jog less in the round. For this I would say stay away from high school track fields. They will always make you go in a circle when jogging. Also many parks…hold on…

OOHH! She wants to know how to KNIT a jogless stripe. You know, because the color tends to jog up when switching yarns while knitting stripes. Here I thought she wanted my expertise on staying fat. Anyway I found a cool trick for this online. Let me show you how it goes.

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit a traveling jogless stripe in the round. This technique is used to make stripes look even when knitting in the round. A traditional stripe will create a small jog in the color change that is unsightly. This will give you pretty straight lines on every row.

Skill: Intermediate

[Note: This video was inspired by this post on TECHknitting.]


Step 1: At the beginning of your round, change colors by adding your new color and knit with it normally.
Step 2: At the end of the first round, place a stitch marker, then slip the first stitch of the next round purlwise. Then continue knitting for as many rows as your pattern requires.
Step 3: When you are ready to switch to a new color, remove the stitch marker, knit one more stitch with your main color, then place the stitch maker back on the new beginning of your round.

Repeat this sequence each time you want to change colors. The beginning of your round with “travel” one stitch each time, creating a faint spiral.

Example of a stripe with color jog and a jobless stripe

Example of a stripe with color jog and a jobless stripe

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latchxe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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