In the upcoming September issue of Creative Knitting, we’re featuring a resourceful article by Marjorie Mitchell about how to avoid some of the common pitfalls associated with joining new colors while working in the round. The most obvious use of the jogless join is for stripes. This particular version is great for stripes of two or more rounds. To work them without jogs, follow the steps below:
1. Work one round in the new color, then mark the beginning of the round.
2. Work the first stitch of the second round of new color in the following manner: Lift the right leg of the stitch in the row below the first stitch on the left needle (the lifted stitch is the old color), and put that lifted stitch onto the left needle.
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3. Knit the lifted stitch and the first stitch of the new color together and give it a little tug to make it look tidy.
Every time there is a color change, work one round in the new color (blue, for example) and then use the jogless join on the first stitch of the second round of the new color; move the marker one stitch to the left. The round will always start one stitch to the left after a jogless join. When ready to switch colors, knit one round in new color (green, for example) and then use the jogless join. It is as simple as that for professional-looking results.
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