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brightspot
01-15-2006, 12:24 AM
I am trying to make a sweater for my mother for her birthday (which is today so you see how much trouble I am in! :rollseyes: ). Anyway, it is a lacy pattern with a lot of yo's and k2tog type things. It is very pretty. The problem is that I have started it over around 9 times now and I had to frog it again :doh: When you frog it there is no way to find all the stitches again no matter how careful you were. Another problem is that all the action takes place on the 7 stitches between 2 purl stitches and some how I keep ending up with only 6 stitches!!!! :crying: I know there is a way to do a lifeline so you can find your stitches if you have to frog it. How do I do it? Help, I am now trying to get this done before Mother's Day. That is this Mother's day, not Mother's day 2010! Please help! Thank you.

Ingrid
01-15-2006, 12:37 AM
Lifelines are simple and ARE a life saver. At least a frog saver, anyway.

When you are at a point where you know your row is perfect, thread a tapestry needle with a contrasting color yarn and slide it though all your stitches that are on the needle, while they are on the needle. If you go through the little v at the bottom of the needle, you can do several stitches at once. Leave it there until you, say, finish a pattern repeat, or approach a row that you feel gives you trouble and then you can either put in another one or pull out the first one and reinsert it.

If you need to frog, you can take your knitting off the needles and then just pull out until you get down to the lifeline and your stitches are safe. Just reinsert your needle and go.

brightspot
01-15-2006, 12:43 AM
Thank you so much. I will recast it on again tonight. I am determined that I am going to knit this. You have saved my sanity :D .

Jeremy
01-15-2006, 01:45 AM
I unfortunately had to use my lifeline tonight on a shawl I'm knitting. It saved me from trying to hang myself with the yarn I was knitting with. I would add that you can actually reinsert your needles in the row where you have your lifeline and then unravel to it. I've found that its a little easier that way.

brightspot
01-15-2006, 02:05 AM
It saved me from trying to hang myself with the yarn I was knitting with. I would add that you can actually reinsert your needles in the row where you have your lifeline and then unravel to it. I've found that its a little easier that way.

:roflhard: So you know the feeling too. That is a good idea about putting the needle back thru first. It does seem like it would be easier.

Jan in CA
01-15-2006, 02:44 AM
Oh yeah...I was so thrilled to learn about the lifeline! It truly is a time saver! Not to mention and mind saver!! :roflhard:

Ingrid
01-15-2006, 10:00 AM
Great idea, Jeremy!! :thumbsup:

Lisa1216
01-15-2006, 11:47 AM
Yay! I learned something new today :D (I never knew about the lifeline.) Now I have met my quota for the day...I can go back to bed!

MissAbi
01-15-2006, 01:01 PM
Just don't be dumb like me. I kept trying to frog after I hit the lifeline (wasn't paying attention) and ended up pulling the yarn really tight around the lifeline.

brightspot
01-17-2006, 12:23 PM
Thank you so much all of you. I actually have a whole 2" knit perfectly!!!!! It's like since I know I will have no problem going back I haven't made a mistake yet! (does that make sense?) :cheering: :cheering:

Jeremy
01-17-2006, 02:51 PM
Sometimes I think mistakes beget mistakes. If you concentrate very hard on not making a mistake it actually makes it more likely that a mistake will occur. BTW, I think this applies to most endeavors, not just knitting.