Questions on Stripes and Weaving in Ends

There were a few questions about my striping sock from Wednesday’s post, that I wanted to answer. Kathy said, “Where are the yellow combos?” And Sarah, also a fan of yellow, agreed. They’re right – I missed yellows! I pulled a couple of yellows to photo for you. What do you think? Lemon, Ice and Colonial Blue on the left, Iron, Celery and Butter on the right (Kathy’s combo, which I loved).

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DSC00308Striping was the next question.

Molly said, “Your stripes look perfectly straight … care to share your jogless stripe in the round method?” Well first of all, I showed you the prettiest side. Of course. But the way I do a “fairly jogless” stripe (emphasis on the fairly), is that when I’m switching to a new color, I knit the first stitch on that new-color row with both the old AND the new color. So if I’m going from dark brown to blue, the first stitch on the first blue row is knit with brown and blue held together. Then on the next time around, (the second row) I knit those two stitches together to turn it back into one stitch. Here’s a photo of a section by the toe where I did brown to blue to tan to blue to brown. It works pretty well.

Diane asked, “Do you carry your colors down the sock inside somewhere or do you go through weaving in all those ends when they are complete?” and Dr. Jackie asked the same thing, a few comments later.

For this sock, I carried the yarn inside the sock (catching it every 4 rows) and I don’t like how it looks. On the next one, I’m going to carry the yarn in the small sections (blue to tan to blue) but weave in the rest each time. Actually, I learned a quick way to weave in ends from a Lucy Neatby class I took a couple of years ago.

1.Hold the tail of the old color off to the left and your working yarn (new color) as normal. (In the case of the photos below – I’m weaving in a tail from my short-row toe.) You’ll be knitting the working yarn – the one attached to the ball -  as normal, but positioning your right needle over and under the tail you’re weaving in, as you knit down the row.

2. On the first stitch, duck your right needle under the tail and catch the working yarn to make your stitch as normal. (See photo, below.) The yarn going off to the left is my tail that I’m weaving in. The yarn going straight up is my working yarn (attached to the ball).

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3. On the next stitch of the row, pop your right needle over the tail and catch the working yarn to make your stitch as normal. (See right photo, below.)

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4. Repeat #2 & 3 a few more times and then pull the tail slightly to tighten it up a bit. Cut off an extra tail.

Does anyone else have jogless stripes or weaving tips to share?

Sheri thisblueisthetoeofmyNorwegianRosesocks!


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21 comments on “Questions on Stripes and Weaving in Ends

  1. The weaving in ends method is (I think) the same as the one in Sally Melville’s “The Knitting Experience, Book 3: Color.” There are a lot of good pics and step-by-step, there, too.

    I also use that same “fairly jogless stripe” method (knit first new color stitch together with last row first stitch). It’s a pretty good one that isn’t a lot of extra trouble.

    Lisa

  2. Very clever way to do the jogless stripe – - thanks for sharing!!! BTW . . your color combinations are very, very tempting. They are all gorgeous.

  3. I try to remember to weave in my ends like that most of the time. Normally I just either spit splice the yarn (oh do I go through a lot of wool) or I with loosely knot the two ends together and weave them at the end, taking care to make sure I don’t have any holes left.

  4. Thank you for these tips w/photos! The colors are great, again. I hate weaving in ends, so I am also going to try the method you describe. You are a fount of info!

  5. Wow! This is a very informative and educational post for me. Thanks! I have always used EZ’s Jogless Jog. I’ll try this method next time.

  6. Thank you for the tutorials! They are both very helpful methods. I was just getting to the end of a skein on the sweater I am knitting for my nephew so I plopped myself right down and gave your weaving in method a try. It worked great!

  7. That’s pretty much the way I do a jogless stripe. It works well. And I LOVE that blue/yellow combination! If I’m not changing colors, I hold the tail with the working yarn and knit a few stitches with it, that works well. I always weave a few more when I’m done, just to be sure. Because I’m not at all paranoid. :-D

  8. Thanks for the “fairly jog-less” tip (I think i do something similar, but I avoid stripes in the round since the jog always drives me slightly batty) and the tip for weaving in ends as you go! Weaving in ends always holds me up at the end of projects so I will definitely be trying this method!

    Loving the new solid series too! I only have a few more skeins to knit down before I can buy more yarn :p

  9. There are great tips on Techknitter on ways to do jogless stripes. My favorite is pretty easy – on the first round of the new color, knit the first stitch, but on the second round, slip that stitch. Then after that just knit until you have to change colors again.

  10. Love the weaving in method. Usually (if its the same color or similar or I am lazy) I just knit with two strands of yarn (old and new) for a few stitches, then just trim the ends when I am finished. On most things you can’t see the few stitches doubled and it holds very well. If you are doing two different colors, I’ve had luck tugging on the old color after a few rows, it tightens up the stitches and it disappears.

    Can’t wait to try your method!

  11. I use one that’s very similar if not the same. Can’t remember the name of the site I got it from. It is a good technique that anchors your ends quite well.

  12. I also weave in color change ends as I go. I don’t knit continental so twist the old and new together for about 10 sts. I may have to continental when I do striping and make color changes as I like your way better.

  13. Sheri, I want to pull my hair out in stupidity yet jump for joy at the same time! I have been carefully cutting all of the ends of my striped chevron scarf and meticulously weaving them in with a darning needle every so often. I would be knitting along letting my ends flap around freely until the point where the knitting process would be interrupted with the “weaving in ends” process. Since I am a notorious “knot maker” I thought it would be a good “challenge” to skillfully weave in the various ends the only way I knew how.
    After seeing this tutorial, I am much relieved and excited to try this technique out! Thanks for saving me the pain and patience!!!

  14. I lov all the colors you chose with the yellows. I’m going crazy waiting for my loopy order to come with my loopy yarn. I ordered it on July 2nd and it still hasn’t come, usually I get it in 3 days top! I wish it would get here…Annette

  15. This has nothing to do with your blog post, but I wanted to thank you for the lovely Loopy Groupie package! It was completely unexpected (I guess I have underestimated how much yarn I’ve bought from you) and wonderful! Just know that I’m a faithful Loopy customer for life!

  16. Thank you for sharing! I had to read the instructions while I was more awake but I’ve done it a few times now and it sure beats using a yarn needle!