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Old 07-19-2008, 01:05 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by kellybigeyes View Post
I am still new to some of this stuff. Can someone please explain to me what a "lifeline" is?

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A 'lifeline' is a piece of thin yarn or something like dental floss that you put through the stitches on your needle to mark a row that is error free. You can use a yarn needle to go through the stitches or if you use circular needles some of them have a hole at the base where you can tie something like the floss and then knit normally. However you do it when it is in the while row you pull it through so you have two ends. I tie them in a knot then knit normally. Now if you have to frog/rip back you don't have to go all the way to the beginning of the project. Move them up or add more as you go up the project. For things like lace especially they are indispensable. I am using one on my sweater though, too.
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