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fleegle
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Posted - 11/28/2006 :  05:41:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit fleegle's Homepage Send fleegle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am knitting the Peacock shawl and was being driven mad by having to constantly move the markers. Here are two methods for painless lifelines. The second one is more generally useful.

I use #20 crochet cotton or silk buttonhole thread, which is smoother,for the lifeline.

1. If you have a set of Boye interchangeable needles, you can use them to insert a lifeline by putting a length of thread through the hole and sliding the stitches to the other end of the needle over the thread. I don't enjoy knitting with these needles, so I use them to only knit a single row when I want to insert a lifeline, then I switch back to my KnitPicks size 3, which is not, alas, interchangeable. The Boyes go down to size 2, so they are immensely useful for this. I just hate those stiff, nasty cords.

Of course, if you are using a larger needle and have the KnitPicks interchangeable set, you can just use that.

2. This trick is so simple that I am amazed that nobody thought of it before. I took a length of silk buttonhole thread and half-hitched it around the cord of my KnitPicks needle about four times. Leave a good length to pull. You can also tie a tiny knot. The thread I use is thin enough not be be a problem.

Okay, now slide your stitches onto the needle itself. Oh look! The cord hangs up at the join! The stitches slide right over it! Oh goodie! When all the stitches are on the needle (very squished together), delicately pull the end of the lifeline and tie to the other end. Slide the stitches back on the cable and rejoice! No need to thread the lifeline and work through the stitches.

Up next, when I get a chance to write everything down, are painless left-leaning decreases. No stitch slipping! No flipping to another needle! One-step decreases! Yes!

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Posted - 11/29/2006 :  07:19:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit Momma78239's Homepage  Send Momma78239 a Yahoo! Message Send Momma78239 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My stupid lifeline trick (LOVED YOURS, FLEEGLE!!) is to use lifelines in NON-LACE projects. For example, if I'm making a top down sweater and trying it on as I go, I'll slip the stitches onto a thread to try it on, but when I put it back on the needles, I leave the thread there as a lifeline. That way, if I mess up at the next try-on, I know I can easily rip back to the last place that fit properly!

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Posted - 11/29/2006 :  08:55:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit fleegle's Homepage Send fleegle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I confess I have never used a lifeline for anything other than lace. If I need to try on a sweater, I slip half the stitches to another circular (a gigantic two-circ sock thingie). Plus, I constantly measure my sweaters against one that I know fits, so I admit that I've never had to frog a sweater. Guess that makes me a weirdo.
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Posted - 11/29/2006 :  09:09:18 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks!

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caeebe
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Posted - 11/29/2006 :  09:39:03 AM  Show Profile Send caeebe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
that is a good idea. I haven't used a lifeline yet but I keep filing away all these great ideas for when I should start using them.

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technikat
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Posted - 11/29/2006 :  10:07:59 AM  Show Profile Send technikat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That's a great idea except when I've got 600 stitches on the needles I can't quite picture sliding them up on the needle part.

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Bethany
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Posted - 11/29/2006 :  11:09:31 AM  Show Profile Send Bethany a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The downside to the Boye technique is that any stitch markers you're using stay on the lifeline as well. If you use lots of stitch markers, you'll need lots MORE to use this technique.

It's very easy, though. :-) Good reason to have lots of stitch markers...
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fleegle
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Posted - 11/29/2006 :  5:29:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit fleegle's Homepage Send fleegle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So true about the markers. What I do is alternate lifelines, so I just need two sets. I pull out the first one after I have set the second one.

And no, the trick doesn't work if you have 600 stitches. But for smaller projects, it's a useful technique.
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Posted - 11/30/2006 :  06:06:31 AM  Show Profile Send ceecee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You can use the split markers and remove them for re-use.
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Posted - 11/30/2006 :  09:47:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Momma78239

My stupid lifeline trick (LOVED YOURS, FLEEGLE!!) is to use lifelines in NON-LACE projects. For example, if I'm making a top down sweater and trying it on as I go, I'll slip the stitches onto a thread to try it on, but when I put it back on the needles, I leave the thread there as a lifeline. That way, if I mess up at the next try-on, I know I can easily rip back to the last place that fit properly!



Yay, I'm not the only one! I actually am using one on a sock right now - I've been having trouble with the heel, and after a couple of near-disasters frogging back, thought, "Hey, I wonder if a lifeline would help?" So now there is one at the point where I think I need the heel to start.

Lifelines tend to mock me, though. If I remember to put one in, I won't need it. If I forget or don't think I'll need one and don't put one in, I'll be making mistakes and having to rip back every five minutes.

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fleurdog
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Posted - 12/05/2006 :  4:47:12 PM  Show Profile Send fleurdog a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've found that fishing line works great for my lifelines. It's thin enough to thread through the tightening hole on my knitpicks options needles, it's really strong and smooth and you can use it again and again without fraying.

Sometimes I loosely tie beaded stitchmarkers to the ends of the lifeline. This helps prevent the line from slipping out when the rows are getting really long and bunched up.

And I've recently started using 2 lines - I put the new one in before removing the old one. It's saved me many a frogging session!



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fleegle
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Posted - 12/06/2006 :  02:00:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit fleegle's Homepage Send fleegle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm still thinking about easy lifelines for big projects. Seems to me that a jeweler should be able to drill a hole in a skinny knitting needle. I'll have to make some calls today...

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Ingrid_in_Sweden
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Posted - 12/06/2006 :  02:43:19 AM  Show Profile Send Ingrid_in_Sweden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Flossing thread is great for lifelines - you can even get minty ones!!!!
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PamelaA3
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Posted - 12/06/2006 :  12:27:18 PM  Show Profile Send PamelaA3 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dental floss has been know to cut fine lace yarns and threads. So beware when using these fine weights.

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fleegle
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Posted - 12/06/2006 :  1:18:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit fleegle's Homepage Send fleegle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't use it--I use buttonhole silk.

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The Purloined Letter
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Posted - 12/06/2006 :  2:20:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit The Purloined Letter's Homepage Send The Purloined Letter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Fleegle! I just tried tying the thread to the KnitPicks options and knitting the row. Works beautifully! Great tip.

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fleegle
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Posted - 12/07/2006 :  02:24:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit fleegle's Homepage Send fleegle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This trick is just so low-tech that I when I first tried it I just stared at the knitting for a minute trying to decide if it was really working.

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