Tuesday, April 20, 2010
NIFTY TRICK: OK, this is the niftiest trick of them all and I, my friends, am sharing this with you. It is called a "lifeline". Say, you are doing a lace or cable pattern, which is done over several rows. At the end of your last row of the pattern, run a long length of dental floss on a yarn needle through the "live stitches" on your knitting needle, then just keep knitting as you were. Should you make a mistake, you simply take your knitting off the needles and rip out up to where your "lifeline" is. You will find your stitches safe and happy. Just pick up these stitches with your knitting needle and you are good to go. The stitches will be going in the right direction (not twisted) and if you have ever tried to tear out and pick up lace knitting, it is nearly impossible with all of the YO's and K2tog's and SSK's. Plus, having that dental floss where it is can be a great point of reference on a complicated pattern, should you get lost. You can easily see where you are at in relation to your "lifeline". This is SINGULARLY the best piece of knitting advice I have ever received. I learned this trick when I was making lace socks. I love it!!
NIFTY TRICK: Make photocopies of your pattern and make notes. By the time I have completed a project, my patterns look a mess. I circle the size numbers, cross out when I have completed a step, spell out abbreviations and make notes to myself. Sometimes I will change something and will jot down what I did or in some cases did not do. I also like to enlarge lace and cable charts- easier to follow and easier on the eyes, too!!
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