On the third Monday of the month a group of enthusiastic knitters meet in the Resource Room at the Duxbury Free Library. From 6:00 - 8:00 you can find knitters of various skill levels with yarn between their fingers. We would love you to join us. If you can't, follow us here!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Round and Round the Stripes Should Go

See how the stripes are not matching?
Since winter doesn't seem to want to leave, I decided to knit up a hat to wear while I am walking. I went through my stash and found a pattern - and the yarn - for a two color beret. I can't remember the last time I did a two-color project - which became obvious once I started it. 

It's knit in the round and has stripes . . . yes, you guessed it. I forgot about the 'jog'
. . . you know, when you knit stripes in the round and the ends don't match up. As you can see, I didn't remember right away - it took me a few inches. Yes, you guesssed it again, I was too lazy to rip it back to the ribbing. Since it's at the bottom of the hat, I'm hoping that either no one looks at my head too close, or that my hair will cover it up.

When I got to the stripes at the top of the hat, I figured I better brush-up on Meg Swanson's 'jogless join' technique. (There is no way my hair will cover the top of my hat!)

Have you ever done it? It's really quite easy and it makes a difference.


Knit around to the beginning of the row  (if you have a marker slip it off). 


Insert the tip of the right hand needle into the stitch below.

Without stretching the stitch too much, pull it up onto the tip of the left hand needle.

Knit the pulled up piece with the next stitch.  Replace the row marker and treat this spot as the beginning of the next row.
(If you need to move the marker back to the original beginning of the row to keep planned increases/decreases lined up, or to maintain a design . . . well, go ahead!


 It's not blocked yet, but see how the stripes are complete now? No more jagged or crooked stripes!

I have finished the hat . . . perfect timing since the calendar says it's spring . . . but the temperature says it's winter!

Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.

No comments:

Post a Comment