Ask Patty: One More Jogless Join
[Dramatic voiceover] Previously on Jogless Join. When last we left our heroes, Patty revealed the awful truth—she had found a question she couldn’t answer. Actually, the really awful truth is that this happens all the time, and she just covers it well.
You see, it is often the question I can’t answer that nags at me until I figure it out. I remember years ago a knitter had taken my cast on and bind off class, and she liked learning casting on using long tail in pattern, and she liked learning German Twisted cast on, but she asked me if she could do German Twisted Cast on in pattern. I figured, why not, which prompted me to shoot this little video (it’s old, so the sound is not great). Or more recently, a knitter wrote to Ask Patty wanting a matching cast on to the Icelandic bind-off. I couldn’t find one, so I made one up.
“Get to the point,” I hear you saying. “What about the question you couldn’t answer?” Here we go.
One Stripe and You’re Out
I can’t seem to get rid of the gap on the jogless stripes and it’s driving me crazy! Yes I’m knitting in the round.
Why don’t the stripes meet? I know they won’t align perfectly, I just want them to meet.
Can you please help me, I’m about to pull my hair! Thank you, and hope to hear from you soon!
currently raining on Griselda’s parade
First and most important, forgive the delay in my answer. This one stumped me.
We all feel your pain. The dreaded single color stripe in the middle of a field of another color creates some unique challenges. When we do nothing, we get this:
My first instinct was to recommend you change the pattern to make it a two row stripe so you could use a row below jogless join, but that’s not what you asked.
The ingenious helix knitting wouldn’t work because it works only on three or more single row stripes that alternate in the same order.
But looking at those two techniques did give me an idea. Could I somehow combine what’s best about both of them? Could the old lead me to the new?
Helix knitting has the colors joining at different parts of the round. This means there is no carrying or twisting colors, and no stacking of joins. Good, but it is still creating a spiral, and what we really need is a closed ring.
Knitting into the row below forces what would have looked like a spiral into looking like a closed tube, but it’s done in the second round and we have no second round. But, what if we could knit into the row below of the single stripe.
“She’s stalling.” “She’s got nothing!” —Wait, give me a minute!
My first attempt was OK but not perfect. I tried completing the round, then slipping the first stitch of the new color from the left hand needle to the right hand needle and knitting into the row below to create a doubled stitch.
Not bad, but when I came back to this doubled stitch, it didn’t matter if I knit them together through the front loop or the back loop, I could still always spot the join. The bottom of it looked a bit twisted, and the stitch sort of leaned a bit.
Then I realized, if I’m putting something in reverse, why not make it ALL the way in reverse, like a movie playing backwards.
It may have taken me a while, but here’s what I came up with.
Meet the smooth as silk, truly invisible, no fuss, no muss, single row jogless join
Step 1: Slide your old color stitches from one needle to the other to move away from your end of round marker.
Step 2: Join your new color and knit one full round. Do not knit in the tail of this yarn! (Note the end of round of the new color is in a different spot than your old color.)
Step 3: Slip the first stitch of the new color knitwise from the left hand needle to the right hand needle. This will reverse the stitch mount.
Step 4: Cross the working yarn under the tail. (Note: this can be done before or after step 5.)
Step 5: With the tip of the left hand needle, enter back to front into the row below the slipped stitch.
Step 6: With your working yarn crossed under the tail, knit the row below stitch eastern, by wrapping the yarn over the needle instead of under it.
This will create a double eastern mounted stitch.
Step 7: Now slide your way back to the start of the old color to pick it up and start your next round. (Note: My left finger is pointing to the doubled blue stitch.)
Step 8: Return to knitting in the round with your original color, and when you come to that doubled stitch, knit them together through the back loop and give a little snug to the tails.
And there it is, a totally jogless, not leaning, not twisted stitch, single color stripe. The orange marker is my end of round, and the bulb safety pin is the end of round of the single color blue stripe.
Here’s a little video to help:
And here they all are in one glorious swatch: Helix knitting, 2 row jogless join, 1 row jogless join.
In class I often say, “Laziness is the mother of invention,” but in some cases, when it comes to a stumper let’s say, “Stubbornness is the mother of invention.”
Thanks for the challenge. Now I need a nap.