These videos will help you to make knit stripes one at a time, connecting them to each other as they are knit using the join as you go method. This means you do not have to have multiple skeins or bobbins for multiple colors. It creates a neat ridge down the seam as well. There is both a video and typed directions. Thank you!

Stitchopedia Knitting Stripes Together Join As You Go

Edited to add: Please be aware that although I did come up with this technique on my own when trying to solve my own little design dilemma, I am well aware that if I can come up with it, so can someone else. I am sure this technique has been around long before me, as knitters are a creative bunch! My words, however, are my own, so please do not copy and paste them.

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*Please note these videos were updated on 1/29/14 with an improved technique.

Connecting a stripe at the end of a knit side row:

All rows of the piece you are joining to must be started with a slip stitch, this will leave a loop on the edge of your work for every 2 rows. This technique will not work if you do not start all rows with a slip st.

Make row as your pattern indicates until 2 sts remain, k1, slip last st knit wise, knit into the loops at the edge of the piece you are joining into, pass slipped stitch over.

Next row, slip first stitch purl wise, p1, work remaining row as your pattern indicates.

Repeat these 2 rows.

Connecting a stripe at the end of a purl side row:

All rows of the piece you are joining to must be started with a slip stitch, this will leave a loop on the edge of your work for every 2 rows. This technique will not work if you do not start all rows with a slip st.

Make row as your pattern indicates until 2 sts remain, p1, slip last st purl wise, purl into the loops at the edge of the piece you are joining into, pass slipped stitch over.

Next row, slip first stitch knit wise, k1, work remaining row as your pattern indicates.

Repeat these 2 rows.

This technique can be used as an alternate way to join the skirt panels on my Kat Coat pattern.

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Sizes child 3 ~ 12
Find Kat on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy

It is also used in the adult version ~ the Katherine Coat.

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Size XS ~ 5X Find Katherine on Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy

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7 Comments

7 Comments on Join as You Go (JAYGo): Knitting Stripes Together

  1. Hi there,
    A friend died leaving me an unfinished afghan. I was happy to find your site so I could complete the afghan for her husband. I had never used the join as you go method.
    Thank you

  2. Hey thank you so much! I started a poncho with a big cable panel and it’s hard to stay focused at my boyfriend’s house – I’m just going to knit the bulk of the poncho when I’m there and add the cable panel when I am finished. Thanks for sparing me a whole lot of aggravation!

  3. I am unable to make the slip stitch properly.

    My pattern is: (knitting the knits and purling the purls)

    Row 1: K1, P3, c6, P3, K1
    Row 2: P1, K3, C6, K3, P1

    Can you help?

    • I would add a st on each end so it would be:

      Row 1: Slip 1 knit wise, K1, P3, c6, P3, K2
      Row 2: Slip 1 purl wise, P1, K3, C6, K3, P2

      Then the join as you go part will be done as in the post.

  4. Thanks for this tutorial and video. I got the harebrained idea last night to turn racecar stripes into a scarf which would be easy if I didn’t have a 3rd color only in the middle. You have solved my problem for me! 🙂

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