Crochet a Jogless Join

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How to Crochet a Jogless JoinLet’s take a moment to talk about a real crochet problem:  crocheting stripes while working in the round.  It is HARD!  Today I’m going to show you my best tricks to crochet a jogless join.I love to crochet amigurumi.  Dolls and stuffed toys are my favorites!  And to do that, I crochet in the round.  But changing color in the round.. Well.. it’s a challenge because you get a jog like this:How to Crochet a Jogless JoinA noticeable “step” at the change of color.  You can try to hide the join by turning the piece to the back or the inside edge so it is not as noticeable.  But the reality is… it is still there.

I’ve tried a lot of different ways of joining color.  The only perfect way is to join each round with a slip stitch and start the next row with a chain one.  But if you do that, you have a seam in your amigurumi and I don’t like that look either.

So this is the best way to work a jogless join in the round.

Step One

Stop the last stitch in the color, before the final pull through.  Then…

How to Crochet a Jogless Join

Step Two

Then pull the new color through.  So far, this is much like the normal way I show you how to change color in crochet.How to Crochet a Jogless Join

Step 3

Slip stitch in the next stitch.  Then sc around as normal

How to Crochet a Jogless Join

Finished Jogless Join

When you crochet a jogless join it is a much smoother color change transition.  It doesn’t have that same glaring look as a normal color change.

How to Crochet a Jogless Join I think it looks better.  What do you think? Would you try it?

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How to Crochet a Jogless Join

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7 Comments

  1. I’m with you, Cheryl. Not a fan of the johs or seams. I was doing something similar but think yours may work better. Thanks for the tip!

  2. So I see slip stitch in the connecting stitch then single in the next stitch. Do I count the slip stitch as a stitch?

    1. Yes, basically the slip stitch is “shorter” which is why it makes it seem like it doesn’t have that jarring transition. When you work in the round (continuous spiral), the stitches shift a bit every row, so the slip stitch isn’t noticeable. Hope that helps.

    1. Yes, it because the stitch for that row, but because it’s shorter than a single crochet it makes the “jog” less noticeable.