An easy way to make the gap magically disappear when changing colors
Whether you’re working on a scrappy project, creating your own custom stripes or color blocks, changing colors creates a pesky gap.
I always assume I can’t be the only one out there struggling with something. So now that I found this clever trick that works every time, I had to share it!
Grab some scrap yarn and follow these 3 simple steps to create an invisible color change:
- Drop the old yarn and start knitting with the new color. (don’t worry about the gap)
- Weave each color into the opposite side.
- Pull snug and watch the gap disappear!
The Pesky Gap
There it is in all it’s glory, that pesky gap from changing colors. This is the inside view of stockinette knit in the round.
To change colors, drop the old yarn (in this case the white) and start knitting with the new yarn (blue).
This gap used to frustrate me to no end, but now I don’t sweat it at all! Here’s why…
Weave each color into the opposite side loop. (This is a bottom-up view of the knitted piece.)
Thread your tapestry needle with one of the yarns and insert it up through the loop the opposite color is coming out of.
IMPORTANT DETAIL… Don’t pull the yarn all the way through yet! Just make this little loops. If you’re the curious sort (as I am) and you’re wondering why this is so important… If you pull one side tight, before making both loops, you can’t see where the color came from as clearly.
Pull Both Tails Snug
Pull the tails snug toward the opposite side and watch the gap disappear like magic!
It may look like a knot in this photo of the reverse side, but it couldn’t be more smooth. No bumps in the fabric at all. It smooths out when you continue weaving in each end.
The Invisible Color Change
Invisible color change from the front view. I couldn’t be happier with this technique. It creates such a perfect fabric and is so easy to do.
Give it a try on your next scrappy or striped project!