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:

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

Method #1: One stitch per space.

NeedleNoodles   |   Fri, 2010-07-30 03:35

Each stitch goes in the next available space in method #1-- none of the stitches go in the same stitch as the previous stitch. The photos under each step should help if you get stuck at any point.

Ok, despite the fact that I

Anonymous   |   Sun, 2010-08-08 18:32

Ok, despite the fact that I might seem really, really stupid: You make the half old-half new colour-stitch, then a slip stitch; does that mean you "begin" this row with a slip stich instead of a sc?.. Let's say the rows are 12 st; does the colour change-rounds mean 1 slip st and 11 sc, or am I just not getting it?..*smiles, helpless and lost* (And I realized just now that my example-thingy perhaps only makes sense to me.. What I meant by it was that when working in a spiral, each row is 12 sc. So when I change colour, I continue working the slip st in this row's second sc, then sc around as usual. I do NOT make the slip st in the same st where I made the colour change, right? Am I getting it?..)

And I just have to add that your tutorials are brilliant, not only the spot-on techniques but the beautiful photos as well!.. Everything looks so incredibly good, and so easy! Your hook just melts into your crochet, all those pretty and perfect stitches, not a single ugly too loose/too tight/I don't even know what happened here..-one, the colours and everything in such effortless harmony.. Just looking at your pictures inspires; I have this smile from the inside out when I've finished dancing around my apartment like a fairy and with some yarn now sit to make some magic. Thank you so much for that. And thank you, THANK YOU, for when I fail miserably always being the one with the answers. You are probably the closest thing to Yoda the world of crocheters will ever have. Never stop, ok?*smiles*

Ah, I think that I

NeedleNoodles   |   Mon, 2010-08-09 15:38

Ah, I think that I understand.

Basically, the half old color/half new color sc and the sl st *replace* the first two stitches of the round.

So, if a "regular" pattern told you:

Round 1: sc 12

Round 2: change color, sc 12

then, with my method, you would do the following instead:

Round 1: sc 12

Round 2: pull through a loop as if to start a sc, leaving two loops on the hook, change color, pull yarn through both loops on hook, sl st 1, sc 10

Hope that helps!

Method 2, between Steps 3 and 4

Anonymous   |   Mon, 2010-06-14 15:30

Thank you for the tutorial. For method 2, I kind of got lost between steps 3 and 4, after pushing the loop to the back, can you explain a little about how the slip stitch is done and what happens to the loop behind?

Well, normally when you make

NeedleNoodles   |   Tue, 2010-06-15 06:23

Well, normally when you make a slip stitch to close a round, you have one loop on the hook, you put the hook in the gap where the sl st will go, and pull the yarn through all loops on the hook to make the sl st. This leaves that first loop in *front* of the fabric.

All I'm doing in steps 3 and 4 is making sure that the loop ends up *behind* the fabric, so, if you've managed to get the loop back onto your hook in step 3, all you need to do to get the sl st in step 4 is pull a loop of the new color of yarn through all loops on the hook.

Great Tutorial

Anonymous   |   Thu, 2010-06-03 17:24

We'd love to see this over on Instructables too! All of your work is so great.


I have to say, that this is

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2010-05-21 13:43

I have to say, that this is by far themost helpful stripe tutorial around!!! i hae been trying for soooo long to make a jogless stripe that i had practically given up - until now that is!! thanks again x x

Me too.

Anonymous   |   Mon, 2011-12-05 23:30

me too

Great Thanks!

Anonymous   |   Fri, 2010-05-14 14:36

This is fantastic. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

OK, this is the best tutorial I've seen!

shushonet   |   Tue, 2010-05-04 20:12

I simply thought the color switching will be seen no matter what. You've made it clear anything can be done!
Thank you very much for sharing!

jogless joining in changing color

Anonymous   |   Mon, 2010-05-24 18:01

I have to say nobody does this as good as you. I have seen so many tutorial, and none of them say it or show it as good as you. Some do not even bother to write! Thankyou so much. TRuly

Thank you!

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2011-05-28 09:00

Thank you!

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