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

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