Tutorial: Crocheted Jogless Stripes


A common problem in amigurumi: you want to crochet something striped, but there's this funky looking stairstep "seam" running diagonally where you change colors. How do you get rid of that!?


EDIT: I've also put together a pair of videos showing this technique in action. You can view them here:
http://needlenoodles.com/home/node/165


example of crocheted stripes without the jogless method


The easy answer would be to just hide the seam in the back or somewhere else out of notice, but let's say that this option won't work for you, or that you're making a long, spindly striped piece where the seam can't really be hidden. Luckily, I have another solution for you: the crocheted jogless stripe!


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Method #1: Jogless Stripes when working in a single crochet spiral


Normally, making stripes when working in a spiral leaves a rather messy line where the color changes happen:

crocheted jogless stripes example photo


Try this technique to make your color transitions a little bit cleaner:


Step 1: At the start of a round which will be in a new color, pull up a loop as if to make a single crochet in the old color, but don't pull through the second loop to complete the stitch-- you should have two loops on your hook

crocheted jogless stripes example photo


Step 2: Complete the single crochet by pulling through a loop of the *new* color. You have just made a single crochet which is half the old color and half the new color.

crocheted jogless stripes example photo


Step 3: Make 1 slip stitch in the new color

crocheted jogless stripes example photo


Step 4: Continue the round as usual.

crocheted jogless stripes example photo


See how this method compares to the normal way of changing colors:


crocheted jogless stripes example photo


crocheted jogless stripes example photo

Method #2: Jogless Stripes when working in single crochet rounds


I feel that working in rounds instead of in a spiral offers slightly better-looking stripes, but there is still a noticeable seam at the color changes:

crocheted jogless stripes example photo


Try my "clean color change" method to improve the look of your stripes!


Step 1: Stop at the end of a round, right before closing the round with a slip stitch, when you are going to be switching to a new color in the next round.

crocheted jogless stripes example photo


Step 2: Take the hook *out* of the current loop, and insert the hook in the space where you would normally make the slip stitch to close the round.

crocheted jogless stripes example photo


Step 3: Take the loop that you pulled off of the hook in Step 2, and pull it back onto the hook, such that the loop is now behind the fabric. (You might want to tug on the yarn a bit if this loop has become loose)

crocheted jogless stripes example photo


Step 4: Make your slip stitch using the new color. Continue on to the next round using the new color.

crocheted jogless stripes example photo


Compare the results:


Regular method:

crocheted jogless stripes example photo


My "jogless" method:

crocheted jogless stripes example photo

Fantastic technique! Thank

Anonymous   |   Sun, 2015-08-16 02:38

Fantastic technique! Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

Thank you for sharing this .

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2015-05-15 13:46

Thank you for sharing this .

Thank you I just saw this on

Anonymous   |   Thu, 2015-03-12 06:02

Thank you I just saw this on pinterst, it just came in time, because I am crocheting a bunny for my granddaughter that has stripes every two or three rows. Now the bunny is coming out beautiful.

just thank you!

Anonymous   |   Sun, 2015-01-04 17:12

So helpful!

changing color crocheting

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2015-01-02 00:43

This was really usefull, thank you for sharing!

THANK YOu!!

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2014-10-18 12:37

I have spent multipul HOURS looking for a way to do this and your post is so clear it tells me exactly what to do in the spiral and all the YouTube videos are driving me insane
Thank you so much: my stripes are turning out not like a knotty mess of yarn tails :) must bookmark this page

Jogless color change

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2014-09-20 21:57

Thank you so much, this works really well! Thank you for sharing!

Best site for improving crochet

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2014-09-20 10:42

I have been crocheting for years, but just found your site. Jogless tutorial is awesome. My enthusiasm for this method knows no bounds, and I begin to seek out striped projects instead of avoiding them. Kudos to you! - Sarah

Thank you so much!!! It's

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2014-09-06 14:20

Thank you so much!!! It's an amazing tip!

This is excellet! Thak

Anonymous   |   Thu, 2014-06-26 13:12

This is excellet!
Thak you!!!

Thank you for your tips very

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2014-06-13 16:25

Thank you for your tips very helpfull

Thank you for your tips very

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2014-06-13 16:25

Thank you for your tips very helpfull

Thx! I like tip 2.

Anonymous   |   Wed, 2014-01-22 08:20

Thx!
I will use tip 2 when I make colorchanges.

Thank you!

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2013-11-23 01:22

Thank you so much for these suggestions. I have not been able to find a method on even color changes and I make a lot of hats. I will be sure to keep this bookmarked.

Thank you!

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2013-11-23 01:22

Thank you so much for these suggestions. I have not been able to find a method on even color changes and I make a lot of hats. I will be sure to keep this bookmarked.

? what happens to the loop in Method 2, step 3 ?

Anonymous   |   Wed, 2013-06-26 00:28

I'm new to crochet. In your color changes Method 2, step 3, you put the loop back on the hook. Its not clear what becomes of that loop. What happens to that loop when you pull the new color through? Thank you :o)

Step 3 Loop

NeedleNoodles   |   Mon, 2013-07-01 23:24

You pull the new color of yarn through the loop.

If you haven't already, this might make more sense if you you check out the video:
http://needlenoodles.com/home/node/165

Awesome! Thanks for sharing

Anonymous   |   Mon, 2013-04-08 16:24

Awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

Thanks a lot!!! this works

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2013-03-29 18:46

Thanks a lot!!! this works great!

Wonderful!

Anonymous   |   Sun, 2013-03-10 04:46

This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much for posting it!

I'm kind of new to crochet.

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2013-03-09 05:33

I'm kind of new to crochet. This looks wonderful, but I need to know what the difference is between 'rounds' and 'in spiral'.

"rounds" vs "spirals"

NeedleNoodles   |   Mon, 2013-03-11 14:00

You might find this post useful:
http://needlenoodles.com/home/comment/reply/81

Just scroll down to the section titled "Working in the round (Single Crochet)"

Awesome! Thank you for the

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2013-02-08 08:57

Awesome! Thank you for the tip

Brilliant!

Anonymous   |   Thu, 2013-02-07 07:44

Thank you so much for this :)))

Thank you sooooo much for

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2013-01-19 03:17

Thank you sooooo much for sharing this amazing tutorial! I've always been very disturbed by the uneven change in colours of my amigurumis. With this amazing crochet method, I'm going to try to crochet more stripes creations. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your tutorials are very clear and detailed. Love, Rachel H

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Jogless stripes

Nathansgran   |   Sat, 2013-01-05 19:23

Thank you so much! My crotcheting has benefitted greatly from these wonderfully clear instructions.

O how wonderful!

Anonymous   |   Mon, 2012-12-24 17:32

I've been designing/ making little monsters with striped legs and really didn't like the messy transitions.
Thank you so much for this, as now my lil guys will look so much better :)

quick question

Anonymous   |   Wed, 2012-08-15 03:42

When working in rounds, after completeing the slip stitch do we do the "ch 1, sc 1 in same" normally? Like insert the hook through the slip stitch and the first sc from the previous round?
I tried it and it works out really nicely so I assume that's what you meant . . .

In the example photo, I ch 1

NeedleNoodles   |   Thu, 2012-08-23 00:45

In the example photo, I ch 1 and continue sc'ing around-- I generally only start the round with a "sc 1 in same" if I intend to increase, but I know that some people prefer the look of the seam with a "sc 1 in same" at the start of each round. It's just a matter of preference.

wow

Anonymous   |   Mon, 2012-08-13 13:40

I will definitely try this.. thanks for the tip.

Gaby

Thank you!!

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2012-07-06 07:35

Thank you very much voor this tutorial. Before I read this, it was really frustrating to see the transitions! And now it looks so... Ehh I dont see them anymore! Thanks a lot!!

Gr. Heleen

I love this!

Anonymous   |   Wed, 2012-07-04 16:46

Thanks so much for sharing these tips! I've been trying to figure this out for ages, and always ended up just having to hide the seam. I found you via Pinterest, and linked to this page on my blog this morning. :) http://bit.ly/N9O88u

Fantastic. Thank you. My

Anonymous   |   Wed, 2012-06-13 12:34

Fantastic. Thank you. My stripes are good now!

Thankyou!

Anonymous   |   Sun, 2012-06-10 03:57

Now my stripes are nice and neat! I can't thank you enough. :D

... confused about where to start colour change

Anonymous   |   Mon, 2012-03-19 18:16

... I'm used to yarning the new colour into the last stitch of the previous round, does this method yarn into the first stich of the new round? From earlier comments, it sounds like
Instead of 11SC, 1 SC Colour Change, start new round, you do end round on previous colour, 1SC Colour change, Sl St, 10SC ...

Er ... does any of that make sense? Thaaaaaaaaaank you :)!

Color change location

NeedleNoodles   |   Thu, 2012-04-26 20:36

So, assuming that you are working rounds 12 sc around, what I do is

Round n+1: working with color 1, sc 12
Round n+2: working with color 1, make first half of sc, working with color 2, make second half of same sc, sl st 1, sc 10
Round n+3: working with color 2, sc 12

(Although, really, if you're working in a spiral, doing the color change at the start or the end of the round doesn't really make the transition appear any more or less smooth. It just shifts where the transition occurs to the left or right.)

THANK YOU!! You're great!

Anonymous   |   Wed, 2012-02-29 19:42

Thank you very much for this tips!!
They're really useful, and they are really well explained!
Greetings!
Laura

Confused

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2012-02-10 20:31

This didn't work for me. I can still see the seam from my color changes. I'm unclear about the slip stitch for crocheting in continuous rounds in these directions. Is the slip stitch made in the next stitch or the previous stitch? Do you single crochet in the slip stitch in the next round? I feel like the only thing that is different in these directions is the slip stitch. The rest of the color change takes place as I've always done it. I'm just confused by all of the wonderfully positive comments about this method and my inability to achieve those results. Hoping I can find some suggestions to get me on the right track!

If you're working in

NeedleNoodles   |   Thu, 2012-04-26 20:48

If you're working in spirals, then yes, the slip stitch goes in the next stitch, and you will single crochet in the slip stitch in the next round.

Also, if it helps, I have a video showing this technique in motion:
http://needlenoodles.com/home/node/165

That's helpful, ty

Anonymous   |   Tue, 2012-01-24 20:07

I'll have to have this page open on my lap top when I try to do this. I've noticed the stepping effect and have wondered if I've gone wrong somewhere. Glad to know it's not me, but there is a way I can lessen the effect.
Thank you very much!

http://thelittleroomofrachell.wordpress.com/

thank you! Thank you! thank you!

Anonymous   |   Thu, 2012-01-12 15:56

Your tutorial is wonderful! Such a gift!

Thank you!

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2011-11-11 04:38

I wanted to add to the many thanks already out here. I'm a quasi-begginer and a was going batty w/ that icky diagonal 'seam' appearing when I switch colors. Of course no one ever photographs the work showing the ugly seam and I've been left scratching my head trying to figure out if I was doing something wrong. So a HUGE thank you for sharing your knowledge to the rest of the crocheting world in such a fantastically clear and detailed manner!

Tutorial: Crocheted Jogless Stripes

Anonymous   |   Thu, 2011-09-08 15:00

This is my VERY FIRST reply to ANY post . Just to let you know how significant this tutorial has been to me . I have been strugguling for years with this problem ( i crochet hats in rounds ) I looked all over the net and through many books for a solution and never found one( i didn't even know it had a name ). Now I know what to call it and how to solve it .Thank you , Thank you , Thank you!!!!! a million times.

Wow!!! Thank you for sharing

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2011-07-08 12:54

Wow!!! Thank you for sharing this! This will help a lot!

thank you SOOOOOOOOOO much

Anonymous   |   Tue, 2011-07-05 20:43

thank you SOOOOOOOOOO much for yhis tutorial, I found it really frustrating to crochet stripes before this tutorial!!!
now I will crochet them when I want!

Decreasing

Anonymous   |   Wed, 2011-04-06 23:33

I seem to be doing this very wrong. Whenever I do the jogless merhod I seem to have decreased a stitch by the time I switch colours again. What could I be doing wrong?

Thank you in advance!

Hmm, I'm not 100% sure-- are

NeedleNoodles   |   Wed, 2012-01-25 21:47

Hmm, I'm not 100% sure-- are you doing jogless stripes in spiral or in rounds? I would guess that you're either skipping a stitch or, or working in rounds, closing your round too far over.

Jog less crochet work

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2011-03-18 21:27

Thanks for this brilliant tutorial for making smoother colour changes when crocheting in rounds my toys will look a whole lot better now.

A revelation! Thank you for

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2011-01-22 13:43

A revelation! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Even after many years crocheting it is so satisfying to learn something new. Sarah

Jogless Stripes

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2010-07-23 06:40

In your method #1 in step 3 you state: Make 1 slip stitch in the new color -- is the slip stitch to be placed in the next stitch? In step 4 you state: continue the round as usual -- do you start single crocheting in the same stitch as the slip stitch or in the next stitch? Sorry, I got lost here. The changing of the colors is how I always change them otherwise. Thank you for your help. Darlene

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