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Tutorial: Jogless Join

Polka-Dot Hat & Striped Leggies
by Heather Walpole,
Winter 2013 issue of Creative Knitting.

There are some amazing colorwork pieces in the new issue of Creative Knitting magazine, and it got me thinking about how to change colors while working in the round for things such as stripes. I get asked how to do this a LOT, so I thought, What a perfect tutorial opportunity!

It's a pain when you join a new color and it looks all disjointed and out of alignment. This little trick will solve that problem.

Step 1: Work to where your color change will be. Insert your right-hand needle through the first stitch as normal, but take the new yarn and wrap it around the needle with the tail at the back and the working yarn at the front as shown.

Step 2: Pull the two strands of the new yarn together and complete the stitch as normal.

Step 3: Drop the new yarn for a second and pick up the old yarn (you can cut it here if you need to). Take the old yarn tail and bring it up and over the new yarn, dropping it on the other side. Grab the new yarn so that it comes up from behind the old yarn that you just dragged on top of it -- the yarns have "crossed" here, helping to make sure there isn't a gaping hole.

Step 4: With the new yarn (tail and working yarn), work 4-6 stitches double-stranded. Logically, you would think this adds bulk, but it really doesn't. Drop the tail, continue with the working yarn, and complete the rest of the round.

Steps 1 through 4 also demonstrate how I always join new yarn in any project. So, you got two tutorials in one!

Step 5: When you've reached the end of the first round with the new yarn, stop.

Step 6: Insert your right-hand needle into the right strand of the first stitch in the "V" in the row, coming at it from behind.

Step 7: Lift that strand up and ...

Step 8: Place it on the left-hand needle. Knit that picked-up stitch and the live stitch together. Continue working in the round with your new yarn. When you get to those stitches that are double-stranded, just knit the double-strands together as if it is one stitch.

And there you have it -- a jogless join that looks lovely!