Adding a Lifeline to your Knitting-Video Tutorial with Marly Bird

Time to SAVE THOSE STITCHES before they fall! Learn how to Add a lifeline to your knitting in three different ways.

I am sure many of you can relate to the feeling when you are working on a knit project and you realize there is a mistake a few rows back and you have to make a decision on what to do. Do you rip back or do you keep going? The choice can be easier when you use a lifeline in your knitting. Let me show you what a lifeline is, how it works and how to add one to your next project.

How to add a life line to your knitting-Video Tutorial with Marly Bird

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Lime Verbena Crochet Shawl Pattern by Marly Bird

What is a Lifeline (sometimes spelled life line):

Adding a lifeline to your knitting is done by adding a piece of thread, or other stringing material, that is used to save your place in your work. When working on a lace or cables there is often a lot of things that can go wrong. If you forget to do a yarn over, or place the cable in the wrong spot,  you will end up having to rip out your work to get back to the spot. Ripping out your work can be scary since the stitches are then life and sometimes have a mind of their own.

Using a lifeline in your knitting gives you a spot to rip back to where you know that your stitches were perfect and a spot where you stitches can’t run away from. One lifeline in your project won’t be enough. Lifelines should be used every few rows, this will allow you to have different spots that you can rip back to.

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Notes About using a Lifeline in your Knitting:

When using a lifeline in your next knitting project there are a few things that you should remember. Selecting the material that you will use for your life line is important. You will want to select something that is a thiner weight than the project that you are doing. Typically I go turn to crochet thread since it is the thinest I can find and works really well in most cases. Crochet thread does not stick to wool so you won’t have an issue when you go to remove it at the end of your project.

As you string your life line through your stitches be sure that you don’t split the kit stitches that are on your needle. If your stitches get split it will make it much harder to remove the life line at the end of your project. To help make it easier to add your life line use the cord of your needle rather than at the needle itself. There is more room around the stitches at the cord which will make it easier, and faster, to add your life line.

DO NOT KNIT THE LIFELINE. I can’t stress this enough! You do not knit the life line. The life line will just sit through your stitches as you knit the next row. It will act as the cable, but does not move to the next round with you.

Afterthought Lifelines in your Knitting:

Lifelines can be added after the fact. If you notice that you made a mistake you can go back and add a lifeline to where you want to rip back to but this can be a little more challenging. It is easier to add them in ever few rows as you go knowing that you are picking up all of the stitches.

Video Tutorials – 3 ways to add a lifeline to your knitting:

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In the video I am working on the Road to Success Chic Hat, made in Chic Sheep Yarn. I have a full video tutorial to walk you through making the pattern on my blog.

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