As I mentioned in my September 17th post, All about Lifelines, lifelines are used frequently by some, shunned by others, and unknown to yet others. But a lifeline is really a good tool to have in your arsenal. What is a lifeline, and what is it’s purpose? A lifeline is usually a length of yarn or thread thinner then your needle, that you run through the live stitches on your needle. Then, if you have to rip back, you will have a point where you have all good stitches on a thread. Then all you have to do is transfer the stitches from your thread back onto your needle. To be completely honest, that last part is not quite as simple as it sounds. But definitely easier than trying to pick them all up without a lifeline.
The best place to insert a lifeline is when you are getting to a row that has few or no yarn overs and decreases. It just makes it easier when you have to go back and pick up the stitches.
Now I want to show you how a lifeline is inserted in your knitting when you are using a interchangeable circular knitting needle. The secret is that the circular needle has a little hole in it that is used for tightening. You can see it here:
The trick is that you should not pick up and knit the lifeline itself. If you insert your needle to knit the next stitch, it should look like this:
Not like this:
If it looks like this, you are picking up the lifeline and knitting into it, and it won’t work properly.
Step 6) Now, most importantly, make sure you write on your pattern where you inserted the life line. There is nothing more annoying then having to rip back, get saved by the lifeline, getting all the stitches back on the needle, having counted to make sure you have them all, only to discover that you have no idea whether you are on row 20 or 24.
Let me know if you can think of ways I could improve this little tutorial, and whether it has been useful to you.