Jogless 2-Row Stripes in the Round: "Tug and Twist"
I'd like to share my way of knitting more successful 2-row jogless stripes in the round. Watch the video and read the post, because both give valuable info on the topic:
First off, manage your expectations:
Knitting jogless stripes in the round is one of those age-old problems that never seems to be totally resolved. Circular knitting is actually knitting in a spiral, not a circle, making a totally jogless stripe impossible. With every tip or trick you find, there will always be something not quite right where you join the new color.
I did some research and found many different methods for use on stripes with 2+ rows per stripe. I tried a few, and settled on the simplest because it can easily be inserted into any written pattern.
The "Slip 1" method:
Knit one round with the new color, then slip (purlwise) the first stitch of the 2nd round.
Short and sweet? More like mangled and ugly:
It's so elegant, right? Just slip one stitch and all your problems go away! Hooray! And yes, I thought it worked well enough at first, but as with most things in knitting, it turns out a bit of finesse is necessary.
I started out using the "Slip 1" technique on a garment with wide stripes, and I was pretty happy. The jog was much less noticeable. Feeling empowered, I then decided to use it on a design I had been working on that involved a series of 2-row stripes. The result was much less successful. The "Slip 1" method looked worse than the jog on my narrow 2-row stripes.
With narrow 2-row stripes, the "Slip 1" technique will distort your knitting into a disgusting mess that you wish you never saw! The problem is that the stripes are too close together and the beginning of each stripe is pulled down further than normal by the previous stripe of that color. AND, since it only deals with one end of the jog, the top of the stripe still ends with a little stair-step down to the new color.
After a lot of head scratching, and really screwing up a mitten, I figured out some tips that take the "Slip 1" method to the next level.
My trick, "Tug & Twist":
It is important to always twist the two colors together at the beginning of every round. Do this by always picking-up the new color from around the back of the old color. The name of the game is tension control. When you twist the colors together like this, a twisted cord will form on the backside of your work that will help keep extra slack or extra tension in check.
As you begin the first row of the new color, take the new color of yarn in your hand and give it a bit of a tug. Tug hard enough to significantly tighten the last stitch of the previous stripe of this color. Then twist the new color together around the old color as mentioned before. Knit the first stitch of the row loosely, making sure there is plenty of slack in the “twisted cord”. The “cord” should sort of lock the shrunken stitch into place while allowing extra slack for that first loose stitch. Knit the rest of the round normally. Then slip the first stitch of the second round, as explained before. Repeat for each color change.
This should do it! Just twist at the start of each round, and tug that last stitch so it shrinks. You can adapt "tug and twist" to use on wider stripes too. Just "tug" the last stitch of the stripe after you've worked the first round or two of the new color, and remember to still "twist" before every round.
I hope you've found this helpful! Please leave a comment to tell me what you think or if you know of any other tricks to make a better “jogless” stripe.