Crochet a Jogless Join
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Let’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:A 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.
Stop the last stitch in the color, before the final pull through. Then…
Then pull the new color through. So far, this is much like the normal way I show you how to change color in crochet.
Slip stitch in the next stitch. Then sc around as normal
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.
I think it looks better. What do you think? Would you try it?
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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!
Looks good! I will try it!
So I see slip stitch in the connecting stitch then single in the next stitch. Do I count the slip stitch as a stitch?
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.
When you do the slip stitch, would you start the round going back into the sl st?
Yes, it because the stitch for that row, but because it’s shorter than a single crochet it makes the “jog” less noticeable.
Thank you! Wish I’d seen this sooner. Will definitely use going forward