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Knitting Jogless Stripes in the Round: A Tutorial

When knitting stripes, jogs can be troublesome. Thankfully, learning how to knit striped colorwork in the round with an invisible beginning-of-round is easier than you’d think.

Here’s a quick technique that will create even and professional looking stripes.

The first pair of striped socks I ever knit looked awesome, so long as you didn’t look at the back of the leg. There I had tried endlessly to work stripes that matched up evenly without the telltale jog at the beginning of each round.

A jog in your stripes is created because  in-the-round knitting does not stack row upon row of knitting in a circle. When knitting like this you are essentially creating a spiral. Your last stitch of the round will not meet up with the first stitch in the round, it will bee above it. And when you’re working those stripes, that’s what creates the jog.

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Knitting on Needle, with Jogs
My beginning of the next round is in the middle of the needle and you can see how all the stripes are just slightly off.

You can do one of two things: grumble about it and fiddle with the stitches over and over until the back of your socks look bumpy, or use this technique to fix it (go with the second option!).

Knitting jogless stripes

Step 1: When beginning a new stripe, knit one round as you normally would in the new color yarn.

Close Up of Needles and Knitting Project
Step 2: Before starting the next round, use the right needle to lift the stitch below the first stitch of the left needle up on to the left needle.

Closeup of Knitting Needle Grabbling Yarn Loop
Step 3: Knit these two stitches together.

Closeup of Woman's Hands Knitting Row

If you do this at the beginning of each row, you will create an elongated stitch and hide that beginning of the round jog. Looking closely, you will be able to see where the round began and which stitch was modified to hide the stripe.

Knitting Project with Stripes on Knitting Needle

If you would rather not have that elongated stitch, there is a fix for that too. After knitting the two stitches together, place a new marker. Your rounds have now moved one stitch to the left. This creates an invisible seam that will move diagonally.

Closeup on Knitting Project Showing Seam
In this photo you can compare the variations: beginning from the bottom the first two gray stripes have a jog, the third stripe has the elongated stitch, and the fourth has moved one stitch to the left.

I would recommend using the elongated stitch on garments that need the beginning and end of round to remain in the same place (i.e., sweaters) and using the moving stitch version on those that do not (i.e., hats, socks).

Try this technique on the fun Chevron Stripe knitting pattern, which will pack a big knitting punch!

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Joanie Buzan

I have always wanted to knit in the round neatly. Thanks

Pam Stiff

could you use this to line up a purl accent row?

Lisa Gledhill

I’d love to see how one avoids the jog on a purl row. I have been following the steps for a knit row avoidance but am still getting major jog. Perhaps the stitches need to be twisted in a certain way? Help please, it’s driving me crazy. Thanks


Woo Hoo! I’ve found it!
I had heard of a technique for this year ago, when I wasn’t knitting color work in the round. Then when I started round color work, I couldn’t find those directions.
Thanks !

Joanne Mock

I tried this and it works! The only thing I now and trying to fix is the gap or hole when changing colors on two row stripes. I twist the yarn in back but still have a gap. Please help.


Will this work for spotted stitches (Like alternating between red and white)?


Fabulous tutorial! Tried the techniques out today and the results look great.


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