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Old 09-17-2007, 08:31 PM   #1
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Installing "LIFELINES" Question
Hi'ya!

Do you have any tips for installing lifelines in the row?

I have been taking a lifeline threaded onto a tapestry needle and weaving it into the stitches across the row that is on the needle.

This is slightly unsatisfactory because the needle will slightly split the yarn...and on the next knitting row...I have to pull the lifeline out and re-install it! Very slow work!

Is there a technique that allows me to install the lifeline AS I AM KNITTNG THE ROW???

I think I saw something about that this past year here a KH....but can't remember where or who posted.

Thanks!
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:44 PM   #2
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If you're using interchangeables, you can put a piece of thread in the hole and knit with that in place. I've also read of people taping the lifeline to the needle and knitting with it that way.
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:56 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Ingrid View Post
If you're using interchangeables, you can put a piece of thread in the hole and knit with that in place. I've also read of people taping the lifeline to the needle and knitting with it that way.
Hi Ingrid! Yes, that technique is what I now remembering reading somewhere! I will try both. PS: I am using KP Options.

I googled 'lace knitting lifelines'...and guess where google sent me??? Right here to KH and Amy's video! TeeHee.

If I can't master the techniques you mentioned...I will switch to fatter tapestry needle. It may be less likely to split a hair or two of my splitty yarn!

Thanks again!
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Have you tried using a curved needle?
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Originally Posted by MrsDavis3 View Post
Have you tried using a curved needle?
Hello Mrs Davis!

Didn't think of that! Does the gold-colored tapestry needle with the bent tip count as a curved needle? I have some of those. They are CHIBI needles by Clover. Anyhoo, that is my next attempt!

That, and the trying to insert my DMC cotton perle into the hole of the circ. Here is the lifeline that I am using. Can you see the DMC cotton perle there under the stitches on the needle?
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:42 PM   #6
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I've had trouble with split yarn also but in actual fact you really don't need to worry really do you. If you need to pull back to that point the yarn loop is still there. That said, I wanted to lessen that happening and I have found that laying the piece of knitting on the bed, pulling it down ever so slightly and running the tapestry needle along the knitting needle (as opposed to deliberately trying to catch loops) the best technique with mohair etc. I have been able to do almost 300 stitches without a snag if I do it that way. You can also lay the part on the needle on a small pillow so that the rest drapes down and that will help more as you pull slightly and make a better gap near the knitting needle.
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If you are using circulars, I find it easier to move the knitting onto the cable portion and then threading the lifeline through. I am going to try the trick with the interchangables next time though
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Well, using that CHIBI tapestry needle for my most recent lifeline SURE DID HELP!!! Yep, and I moved the work to the cable instead of the metal needle, and I was able to get the chibi under their throats easier!

Thanks one and all!!

I am done with about 8 repeats now! Yeah!!

PS/FYI: I am too chicken to take out the lifelines as I move along. I'm keepin' 'em all in there til this sucker it done!
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I used unwaxed dental floss and don't usually have the split yarn problem.
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:12 PM   #10
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I usually have the problem of knitting my lifeline. That really stinks!
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