Stripes and Circular Needles

I need some advice.  I'm a beginner (started knitting about two months ago) and have really gotten hooked knitting on circular needles.  I've created 3 "London Beanies" ( and have had trouble with stripes.  Now I've got to get serious.  My partner's 26 year old son saw the beanies and wants one!  Made me feel great but now I've got to solve the stripe problem.

I did get some information on getting rid of the "jag" when I change colors but I could really use some suggestions:

1) When you connect the new color, where/how do you anchor it?  I've been tying a granny knot onto the first stitch but I'm not sure this is correct.

2) As far as getting rid of the jag, here's the information I received - "In circular knitting: when adding a new color or stripe, prevent a jog at the joining point by lifting the right side of the stitch below onto the left needle and knit it together with the stitch."  I did this with varying results.

Anyway, thanks in advance for your help!

Jordan's picture

When connecting the new color, I tie a little knot, then when I'm done I untie it, pull the yarn a bit to make the tension even, and weave in the ends.  I'm not sure it's necessary to tie the knot, but it helps keep things in place.  If the stripes are not too many rows tall, I just cary the unused color up the back.  Then, I don't tie a knot every time a color is reused.  I just make sure that the new color crosses over the old color (or is it the other way around?) so they sort of hold each other in place. 

I too have had mixed results with the jogless join.  I found the description in this pattern to be helpful. (It says pretty much the same thing your description says.)  I don't think the stripes are ever going to look "perfect," but you can probably make them unnoticable to the casual observer.  The stitch before I do the join (the last stitch of the first round of the new color) is usually a little loose because the stitch below it isn't connected to anything, so I tug it and the loose ends a bit tighter before doing the join.  And that seems to work out okay.  It never looks right until I've knitted a few more rows.

Other suggestions?


Craig's picture

Hi there,

I think this is the same technique that you mentioned.

Knit 1 round of the new colour. When you get back to the start of the round, pick up a loop of the first colour from the previous row and place it on the left needle, knit together the first stitch of the new colour and the picked up stitch. Continue knitting.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

Also I think it depends on the colours that you use. A strong light/dark contrast is not as easy as a close colour contrast. 

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Kenny's picture

I'm knitting a color work sweater now.  I always hold 2 yarns together and work together.  But who knows, maybe I can learn something from here.  

Jordan and Craig,

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