I don’t know about you, but I’m a visual learner. I can read step-by-step instructions ‘til the cows come home, but I rarely get it right without photos or—even better—a video. Here’s a story about a video that really helped me out with a circular knitting technique.
I love to knit striped hats in the round. Stripes are an easy and fast way to add color to a project, and a great way to use up those little bits hanging out in your stash, too!
The problem with circular knitting and stripes is that you get a little jog in the color—the first stitch in the row above a color change is actually the last stitch of the previous row of color, so it looks like you didn’t change colors soon enough. (This happens because when you’re knitting in the round you’re actually knitting a spiral, not a circle.)
When I complete a hat I always notice these jogs, but I’ve never known what to do about them. And, between you and me, I’m not a perfectionist knitter, so I give it the old shoulder shrug and move on.
However, even non-perfectionists enjoy improving their skills, so when I saw this video tutorial about jogless stripes in circular knitting, I was intrigued. In this clip, Eunny Jang shows us two ways to avoid the jog with a slip-stitch technique that works for any width of stripe and the “barber-pole” technique for single-round stripes.
This video is from Knitting Daily TV episode 311 (download the episode!), which is all about stripes and different ways to knit them.
I hope these tips make it easier for you to knit stripes in circular knitting!
(Originally published in July 2009; updated May 2016)