How to Knit Perfectly Jogless Stripes

How to Knit Jogless Stripes

As I was working on the Everyday Tee pattern, I needed a way to avoid the jog in the thin stripes that decorate the body of the top. After testing a number of ways, I found the one that creates a perfectly jogless transition between colours.

This way is called the Raised Increase Method in the incredibly helpful book “The Principles of Knitting” by June Hemmons Hiatt. It works great for avoiding the jog in stripes that are two or more rounds wide.

I also tested this method to make jogless one-round stripes but wasn’t successful. Helix knitting works way better in this situation.

Otherwise, the Raised Increase Method is the champion of jogless stripes (as long as the stripes are at least two rounds wide).

Let’s see what we should do to avoid the jog in two-round stripes.

If the stripes are wide, it could be hard to carry the yarn up the work. It is usually easier to cut the yarn every time we finish the stripe and re-attach it again (as we did in step 1) when it’s time to make another stripe in that colour.

Another way to make our life easier when we knit wide stripes is to skip step 4 and work without adding the temporary marker. Because the one-round difference at the beginning of the stripe is not visible in wide stripes, it is fairly safe to change the colour at the beginning of the round.

The Everyday Tee features alternating narrow and wide stripes. To make those stripes I used the additional marker when I changed the colour from white to blue. Then I removed that marker, cut the white yarn and worked on the blue stripe. When it was time to add another white stripe to the project, I re-attached the white yarn at the beginning of the round.

How to Knit Jogless Stripes

As you see, it is easy to adjust these steps to make different combinations of jogless stripes to decorate countless socks, mittens, seamless hats and sweaters.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.

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If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

How to Knit Perfectly Jogless Stripes | 10 rows a day
How to Knit Perfectly Jogless Stripes | 10 rows a day
How to Knit Perfectly Jogless Stripes | 10 rows a day
How to Knit Perfectly Jogless Stripes | 10 rows a day