How to Knit Jogless Textured Stripes in the Round

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How to Knit Jogless Textured Stripes in the Round

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There are many benefits for the knitter to knit the garment in the round – you can try the piece on as you knit, making adjustments if necessary, you can experiment and sneak in modifications as you go, and of course you avoid seaming. But knitting in the round isn’t always flawless and problem-free. One of the main drawbacks of knitting in the round is the fact that the first and last stitches of the round are not perfectly aligned, as in flat seamed knitting. Usually it’s not a problem if you knit simple basic stitch patterns, but it becomes pretty noticeable when you create stripes, whether color or textured. The jog appears in the place where the last stitch of the round and the first stitch of the next round meet.


It’s not the end of the end of the world, of course. If the stripes are on the sleeves, for example, the jog will appear in the place of a “seam” and there is a great chance that only you will ever know it’s there – nobody is going to pay that much attention to your sweater 🙂 But if it is still bugging you, you can try this tutorial that I made for Reindeer cardigan that will help you minimize the jog. If you want to see a bigger picture, just open it in the new tab.


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You finished the textured stripe and you are about to start the stockinette stitch section. If you continue knitting as usual, you will end up with the jog, we are going to avoid that the following way.


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Stitch marker indicates the beginning of the round.

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Remove the stitch marker.

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You are about to knit the next round.

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Let’s take a look at the first stitch of the next round. Stitch #1 – the first stitch of the next round. Stitch #2 – the stitch one round below, right under the first one.

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Insert the Right Hand needle in the Stitch #2 of the round BELOW.

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Knit this stitch.

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Slip the stitch off the Left Hand needle. Now this worked stitch will become the last stitch of the round.

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Place the beginning of the round marker.

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Continue knitting in the round as usual.

Basically what we did is we “pulled up” one stitch at the beginning of the round and made it the last stitch of the round, which aligned the last and first stitches of the textured stripe. Use this technique every time when you change a stitch pattern.

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I hope you find this tutorial helpful in many projects!

Enjoy your Sunday!


By | 2017-08-01T08:02:19+00:00 December 20th, 2015|Free Patterns and Tutorials, Knitting, Tutorial|23 Comments


  1. Zeta December 20, 2015 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    You did a great job on this phototutorial! 🙂 You know how much I love knitting in the round. I will practice this technique soon on the stripes on my Flax so by the time I knit my Reindeer I’ll have master it!!

    • Alina December 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Zeta! Really looking forward to your FOs! You can always send me an email if you have any questions left!

  2. Ady Grafovna December 20, 2015 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    This is an awesome tutorial and very helpful!

    • Alina December 21, 2015 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Happy that you like it, Ady!

  3. Sarah December 20, 2015 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I use this method whenever I am making something where the jog would be noticeable — like striped socks. It really makes the jog completely invisible.

    • Alina December 21, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      Whoever came up with this idea is a genius 🙂

  4. karen December 21, 2015 at 8:51 am - Reply

    your knitting is beautiful and so is the tutorial 🙂 lovely photos!

  5. Andrea @ This Knitted Life December 21, 2015 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Brilliantly useful!

    • Alina December 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Glad that you found it helpful, Andrea!

  6. Pat December 21, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Very useful technique. Thank you.

    • Alina December 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      You are welcome, Pat! I hope it will serve you well in many projects!

  7. sustainablemum December 22, 2015 at 3:00 am - Reply

    That’s genius! How do people come up with these wonderful techniques? Thank you for your lovely tutorial.

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

      You are welcome! 🙂

  8. Tahnee December 22, 2015 at 5:16 am - Reply

    I love knitting in the round but it indeed has its own drawbacks. Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

      You are welcome, Tahnee! Yes, knitting in the round isn’t always a smooth ride!

  9. Quynh June 8, 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    I am a little confused – isn’t this adding a stitch to the total count?

    Unless stitches 1 and 2 are essentially knitted together – in which case, doesn’t this move the BOR forward by one stitch?

    This “jog” is a problem I HATE and I’m always looking for new solutions 😉

    • Alina June 9, 2016 at 6:17 am - Reply

      Hi Quynh! No, we don’t change the stitch count at at all. You insert the needle in the stitch of the round BELOW and knit it as usual and then slip BOTH of the stitches simultaneously off the needle. (Photos 7-8 in the tutorial – on photo 8 you can see how there is just one stitch, no increases at all). This new stitch will be slightly thicker than others because it is formed by two threads, but it is still ONE stitch. We move BOR marker forward – the former first stitch of the first round becomes the last one of the previous round, because we “pulled” this stitch up from the previous row. Hope it helped!

  10. eawone October 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    me encanto el tutorial darle gracias en nombre todas nosotras que visitamos sus tutoriales gratuitos es de gran utilidad Dios bendiga su don y el compartir.

    • Alina October 22, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Oh, muchas gracias por estas palabras!!!!

  11. Arl February 10, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

    I have read similar tutorials, BUT, have never seen this explained as simply or clearly!
    Your explanation embeds the CONCEPT into my brain, so I feel as if I have finally LEARNED this.
    Thank you!

    • Alina February 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Arl, for such a wonderful feedback! I am so glad it helped!!

  12. Laura April 23, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Hello Alina,
    could you please let me know how to use this technique when working all garter in the round, aka one round all knits, one round all purls?

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