I first heard about this at knitting retreat. It’s a really simple idea and I can’t believe it has never occurred to me on my own. I love skinny stripes, but breaking yarn at each row leaves too many ends to weave. I always figured that I’d have to do two rows of each color in order to carry the yarn. But, if you do three colors, there’s yarn at the end of every row just waiting to be carried up. So simple! So cool!

how to: crochet or knit single row stripes

This works for both knitting and crochet. I’ll show you what I mean on my dishcloth in progress, which happens to be crochet. (Knitters, ignore the chain row and cast on with Color A. Row 1 begins with Color B, etc.)

how to: crochet or knit single row stripes

Chain your number of stitches in Color A (navy).
R1: DC across in Color A (navy).
R2: Join in Color B (tan) and DC across.
R3: Join in Color C (light blue) and DC across.
R4: Carry up Color A and DC across.
R5: Carry up Color B and DC across.
R6: Carry up Color C and DC across.
repeat rows 4-6 until finished.

When you carry up the yarn, your edges will look like this.

how to: crochet or knit single row stripes

I know some crocheters like to incorporate the transition from one yarn to the other in their chain stitches, but I prefer to start my rows with the faux double crochet, so here’s how I catch the yarn on the way up. I assume you know how to do a double crochet, so I’m not including pics of all the stitch steps, just the ones that are different.

how to: crochet or knit single row stripes

Work across until you have one stitch left. Bring the next yarn up and over your working yarn.

how to: crochet or knit single row stripes

Continue on as usual with the working yarn. See how the carried yarn is getting tucked neatly in the work?

how to: crochet or knit single row stripes

When you have two loops left on your hook, drop the working yarn and pick up the new yarn. Yarn over and pull through the last too loops.

how to: crochet or knit single row stripes

Look at that! Now you are ready to turn your work and start the next row with the new yarn!

stash: This is an awesome stash busting idea. Imagine how many more odds and ends you can use up with this method!

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17 Responses to how to: crochet or knit single row stripes

  1. So cool and looks easy as pie. Thanks for the post!

  2. […] how to: crochet or knit single row stripes – On the julie-k blog, she gives a great photo tutorial on how to create single row stripes without having a ton of ends to cut and weave in – gotta love that! It’s demonstrated with crochet, but it works for knit too! […]

  3. Tamara says:

    Hi! Found you via pinterest and love this tutorial! I linked to it on my blog today! http://tinyurl.com/unpinning-pinterest

  4. Melissa says:

    Oh how I love you for sharing this! I found it via Pinterest as well, but now I am going to be following your whole blog. Thanks! XO

  5. Diane says:

    Thanks so much! I’ve always stayed away from little stripes because it was so much trouble to weave in all those ends. This makes it super simple! I’m gonna try it tonight!

  6. Wanda All says:

    Saw this on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Tricia says:

    About to start my first single stripe afghan with four colors. It has a border on it so this should work well. Thank you for sharing. Found you on Pinterest, too.

  8. Daisy says:

    Wow! This is going to make life SO much easier! I made a striped hat last week and it was a PAIN to weave in all the ends! Thank you!

  9. Ginnie says:

    Thanks for this information! Saw it on Pinterest and plan to make stripes my next project….

  10. […] how to: crochet or knit single row stripes – On the julie-k blog, she gives a great photo tutorial on how to create single row stripes without having a ton of ends to cut and weave in – gotta love that! It’s demonstrated with crochet, but it works for knit too! […]

  11. Ashley says:

    Thanks! I think I’ll go give your technique a go right now! So smart! Thanks again!

  12. Elizabeth Arias says:

    Hi! This is great! Does it work when joining in the round, too?

  13. Lisa says:

    Oh…I love this tip!! I hate weaving the yarn in when I use different colors, always looks like I weaved it in, if you know what I mean. This way, it looks like it’s part of the pattern….LOVE!!

  14. jkundhi says:

    It sure does! The yarn just carries up along the inside.

  15. Karen Kidd says:

    It works for double crochet too. Then just use your border to crochet over what you carry up.

  16. Mary says:

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!