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Old 11-06-2009, 07:56 PM   #51
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:41 PM   #52
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I don't quite understand this
Please excuse me if I am being really silly here because I really want to understand how to do your new suggestion for making a lifeline.



"Instead of threading a tapestry needle with cord and running it through the stitches, you thread the Knitting Needle itself, and let it work the cord in as you knit! There's a little hole in the set (you know, that hole that the tightening tool goes into) that could have been designed for this purpose!! Even the Denise set has this hole."



If you have all your stitches on a needle and want to make the lifeline when you say thread the knitting needle do you mean another one? And I just don't get the tightening hole bit either.

I feel really thick as everyone else totally gets it, so forgive me.

Look forward to hearing the reply though!!!!!

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Old 02-18-2010, 07:58 PM   #53
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Another tip for using Options.
I haven't read all pages of this thread so if my suggestion has been mentioned, please forgive me.

I like to make my cast on, for top down socks, with a needle that is 1-2 sizes larger than the needle I use for the socks.

Example: With a size 4 options interchangeble needle (tip only - no cable attached) I cast on my 64 stitches. Be careful not to let them slip off either end of the one needle. I then take the size 2 needles with a long cable attached (because I work the magic loop method), place the pointed tip of one needle into the opening of the #4 and then slowly slide all of the cast on stitches onto this needle. I am then ready to procede with the making of my socks.

I don't like using dental floss as a lifeline. I use cotton crochet thread instead. It works well with the interchangeable needles. My problem is that I don't always remember to pull it out of the hole after I reach the end of the row I am working on. Otherwise, it does a great job. I also use as many as three lifelines. I leave 1-2 in place at all times.
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:18 PM   #54
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Originally Posted by Lighting57 View Post
...I don't always remember to pull it out of the hole after I reach the end of the row I am working on. Otherwise, it does a great job. I also use as many as three lifelines. I leave 1-2 in place at all times.
Same here! I leave all my lifelines in place.
I install lifelines in the last 'resting row' of each repeat. These lifelines also serve as "repeat markers"!
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:13 AM   #55
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Lighting 57 thank you for sharing with me how you knit with socks - I think I understand that bit.

What I don't quite get is if you use a needle with thread through the hole of the interchangeable and knit across to make the lifeline, surely then you don't have any stitches on a cable to carry on knitting your new round. Or am I being to stupid it's not true!!!!

This is why I watch all of the videos on this site - I clearly need a lot of help 'getting' these things.

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Old 02-19-2010, 08:40 AM   #56
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Sophiestree, check out post #44 and 50. They might make what they are writing a little clearer. I hope it helps you.

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Old 02-19-2010, 09:09 AM   #57
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newwooley - thanks for taking the time to reply.

I think I just need to try it out on something to see if it makes sense.

Could it be that I don't realise that you attach the thread through the hole and then put the cable back in - or is the idea that the extra cable becomes the lifeline.

I am really having a bad day understanding this but am so keen to work it out as I am knitting my first ever lace project right now and know that I should be protecting myself!

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Old 02-19-2010, 09:50 AM   #58
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I think I have found a video on YouTube about this.
My confusion was that I thought you were using a spare cable as the lifeline - Doh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS8qzSaJnZA

I'm pretty sure this is what you are all talking about.

Thanks so much.
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I think of the lifeline as my last saved place in a video game (yes, we're all gamers here. It saves tons of time if you have to frog and also counts (for me at least) as a row marker.
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Question about #3. How do you work around stitch markers when using a lifeline? Do you just knit them in and start with a new set on the next row?
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