Friday, October 10, 2008

Jogless Technique Comparison

Here are some side by side pics of two different Jogless Striping Techniques.

#1 Knit one stitch with both colors then drop the old and knit around with the new. Then, on next round slip the stitch that has both colors and knit around. Next round, knit all.

#2 Again knit one stitch with both colors then drop off the old and knit with the new. Then, on next round take the stitch below the two color stitch and pull it up on the needle and ktog, then knit around. Next round, knit all.



Overall, I think that I prefer technique #2. Obviously I need to tighten up some stitches (especially the red) before I weave in the ends, but I think it looks a little neater than #1 and it also feels easier to do for some reason. Personally, I don't like the looseness of the slipped stitch in technique #1.

So, that's my opinion on the Jogless stripe techniques that I've tried. Your mileage may vary of course. :)

Some cuteness for you:

Today was school picture day and the Youngest was all dolled up for it. I had a devil of a time getting him to stand still for this pic:

Thursday, October 09, 2008

More Striping and Rushing Around

I've gotten to the striping point on the second sleeve. This sweater is looking a little funny right now. It resembles a scarf more than a sweater. But it's coming along.

No Yarnballs Left Behind!
Charmichan left me a suggestion for working more jogless stripes. She said,

" Try this jogless join technique:
"To minimize the jog where colors change when working stripes in-the-round, work one round with the new color, remove beginning-of-the-round marker, lift the previous color st below the next new color st onto the left-hand needle; k2tog (lifted st of previous color and first st of new color), replace the marker. The beginning of the round will move 1 st to the left at each color change." "

I'm planning on doing that next. I want to see which of the two techniques works best. I know there are others as well, but I'm starting with these. Thanks Charmichan for the suggestion!

I've been absolutely scrambling today. The Youngest and I are going out of town tomorrow and The Eldest and his Dad are going camping. Laundry has to be done, packing still needs doing, errands had to be run and the Eldest went to a birthday party this afternoon. The whole week has been like that for some reason. Rush, rush, rush! Hopefully the weekend will slow down at least a little.

See ya tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


I'm just dashing in to say a very quick hello. I've been playing tag with two doctors and one pharmacy today trying to get The Eldest's stomach ailments fixed. I've also got three wild boys wrecking the upstairs as I write. (A neighbor had an emergency and I'm watching her child for a bit.)

So, to make a long story short - I'll have a sweater update for you tomorrow!

Wish me luck with the wild ones!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Help

Dinner now takes three times as long these days now that someone has decided that he needs to help Mommy "cook". Luckily, the dinner was only pasta. You should have seen the mess when he helped me make pancakes one night and biscuits another. The boy likes flour.
Mommy's Lil' Helper

Monday, October 06, 2008

Sort of Jogless Stripes

I'm still working on my Tubey sweater. I didn't do a whole lot of knitting over the weekend, but I did do some. Specifically, I started on the stripes section of the first sleeve.

I wanted to try the "Jogless" stripes where the striping is even and doesn't have really noticeable transitions. I got close, but not as close as I would have liked.

I used the following method that I borrowed from the blog, TECHknitting.

1. Started the new color as I normally would and then knit around one time.
2. Next round, I slipped the first stitch of the new color and then knit around.
3. Then knit around all the other rows for as many as called for.

Now, when I am not doing color changes and I join a ball of yarn, I usually use spit splicing so that there is no obvious join. I didn't do that in this case and probably should have. I just knit the two colors together for one stitch and then dropped the old color and continued with the new. I'm not sure if that would have made a difference though. Here is what I got:

Blocking will help, but there's got to be a way to do this cleaner. I tightened the first stitch that was knit with the two colors before weaving in the ends. It's possible that I did it too much or maybe not enough, I'm not sure. Maybe changing the tension there would help.

This is the first time that I've tried stripes in sweaters. Any suggestions would be very appreciated. Once it's on, it won't be noticeable since the joins will be facing towards the side of the body, but I'd like to get it right on the body of the sweater.