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  • I once saw an episode of Knitting Daily on PBS where Euny Jang knitted with a different color yarn on each of three dpns. It gave the barber pole affect. While I remember the episode clearly, I was a very new knitter at the time and didn’t fully understand. I didn’t even own dpns at the time. Is the single stripe in helix knitting the same technique? I would love to try it! If you only want two colors, do you just divide stitches in half? Thanks for explainin things so clearly!

    • I discovered the helix technique when I was knitting a holiday baby hat. It turned out perfect and was interesting to do. It was two colors but doing three or four colors would be fun. Always love your tip & tricks…

    • Yup, that’s Helix knitting on DPN. For two color stripes you can also check out this variation (called Helical Knitting in the video) from another MDK column – https://www.moderndailyknitting.com/announcing-something-new-to-learn-about-helical-knitting/

      • Thank you for such a clear explanation of knitting stripes in the round. My question is when you’re knitting two or more rows of alternating colors, are you bringing your yarn up the inside of the garment? Thank you!

  • Whoa—I love that jogless solution (no. 2). I gotta go find me some stripes.

    • Thank you Patty!!!! So simple, but such an elegant solution to this confounding issue!

  • Brilliant!

  • Simple. Elegant. Brilliant. Genius.

    When I first read this it was early and before coffee. I could not get my head around the helix concept. Now that I have had coffee, seen pictures, and given it some thought, I am ready to get the helix around my head.

    • Think of a barber pole. It’s basically the colors chasing each other around the pole, and they can NEVER catch the other color!!

  • Thank you!!! I am beginning a striped baby hat today and was going to look for a refresher on the jogless join…. opened my emails and voila! I wish that I had three colors to try the helix. Love your instructions every time, Patty –

  • I’m almost finished with an Elfe tee by Astrid Schramm and I wish I had taken the time to research your lessons! Thanks so much Patty, I plan to knit this again and will definitely use your technique for it.

  • I’m not sure if you have heard of Jen from acknitting but she does helical knitting another way, where three stitches get slipped? I’m sorry I can’t remember all the details but she produced an ebook on it

    • Yep, that’s great if you are only doing 2 colors. I prefer Helix knitting for 3 or more. I linked to Helical knitting in a comment above for someone who was asking if it worked for 2 colors. What I love about Helix knitting is how simple it is. Just divide your stitches by the number of colors and chase them around. No need to stop and slip, just knit!

  • Thank you, I’m excited to try this. Stripes, here I come. 🙂

  • Thanks Patty! My next question is: when will you have a video KAL with stripes as an option?

  • Thank you Patty.

  • Thank you for this wealth of information! After I finish the two cardigans I am working on I plan to knit a sweet little summer Tee that has both stripes and single rows of purls for textured stripes. This article will prove to be invaluable! When beginning knitting after a purl row, if I read it correctly, I just begin knitting, I don’t need to do anything special on that first row of knitting after the purl row. Is that correct?

    • Yep, in my sample I changed colors and did one full round of purl (to get that nice two color accent. When you are back to that first st and you change to your knit round, you slip the first purl st of the round and start knitting.

  • When I try the 2-row jogless join, the stripes line up but I end up with what looks like a slipped stitch at the beginning of the round. Am I doing something wrong? You’re sample doesn’t seem to do that.

    • Did you knit the stitch as I show in the video, or just slip it?

      • I think I knit the stitch just like in the video – pick up the stitch from the back, lift it onto the needle, and knit together with the first stitch.