How to Avoid Jogs When Changing Colors in Circular Knitting

Learn how to avoid jogs when changing colors in circular knitting from expert Jessica Kaufman in this Howcast video.

So I’m going to tell you how to avoid a jog when changing colors in circular knitting. I’ll just show you what a jog looks like and explain to you why we get them.

So if you look up close here right this row this is the end of the round in my headband pattern, and you can see that this row of black and red stitches is just a little higher than this row of black and red stitches. And that is because when we knit in the round we are actually going one round higher every time we come back around to our marker point.

So this is the same headband being knit again, and this is the end of my round with a little marker here. Here’s the beginning of my round, and I’ll just sort of show you right now they are exactly the same height. Both needles are holding two rounds of color work, but as soon as I move my marker and begin the next round this row that’s round is now one step higher than the round before.

So I’ve just added on another stitch. So if I take them off the needle and line them up next to each other you can see that this guy is higher than this guy, and that’s because there’s three stitches stacked on each other as opposed to two after my ribbing. So that makes a jog in the rounds, and you can see it when you look here. You can see that that’s a little bit higher, and this red stitch is a little bit higher.

In my opinion that’s really no big deal. You don’t really notice it that much, especially once everything is blocked and pulled nicely. That is just sort of the nature of knitting in the round, but if you want to avoid a jog you could do a couple of little tricks. I’m going to take me back one stitch here. Alright.

So the last stitch of this round needs to be a little bit higher and a little bit looser in order to compensate for the next round. So this last red stitch, I’m going to make just a little bit looser. I’ll pull on it just a tiny bit, and I’m going to knit this first stitch just a little bit tighter. I’m going to give it a little tug.

Now you don’t want your loose stitch to be so loose that you can see daylight through it, or it will be obvious on the surface of your fabric. One loop will be sort of pulled out too big, like this one. You don’t want that. And your stitch that you pulled really tight you don’t want it to be cinched in on the back so I’ll pull one of my red stitches in towards the back so you can see what that would look like. There, this one is pulled really, really tight, and it’s kind of disappearing in the fabric. You don’t want that either.

We’re just going to decrease the height of this guy and increase the height of this guy. This is something that I never worry about personally. When I block my knits, when I give them a nice soak, when I wring them in a towel, and press them dry all of the jogs kind of disappear into each other. Here it is, you can tell this blue stitch is a little bit lower than this blue stitch, and this orange stitch is a little bit lower than its brothers over here, but that is fine with me.

I don’t think anyone is going to point it out on the street and make you worry about it. So if you want to avoid a jog in color knitting you can adjust the tension on either side of the marker, but it’s all going to come out in the wash anyway.