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« on: October 02, 2007 06:10:58 AM »

I've heard many mentions of threading a "safety line" into your knitting to provide a place you can frog back to when you are about to knit into perilous waters, but I can't figure out exactly how to do it.  Is it as simple as just threading yarn through all the stitches on your needle?  (Am I that dumb?  ha ha)

Does anyone know of a place to get instructions for this (and/or instructions on how to properly put the stitches back on the needle when you frog back to it)?  Merci!
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2007 07:10:59 AM »

Is it as simple as just threading yarn through all the stitches on your needle?  (Am I that dumb?  ha ha)

Yes, it's that simple (although I like using 1/4" or 1/8" polyester ribbon instead of yarn. And if you value your sanity, do NOT use a fuzzy yarn as a lifeline) and no, you're not dumb, just new to the idea.

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Does anyone know of a place to get instructions for this (and/or instructions on how to properly put the stitches back on the needle when you frog back to it)?  Merci!

Just slide the needle back through the stitches - the lifeline holds the stitches open (that's why I like the ribbon, it rolls up a little and makes a 'tunnel' that you can just slide into). Just don't snag the lifeline, otherwise you can't pull it out. It's the same as putting back a dropped stitch.  Sorry, I don't know any links, but knittinghelp.com (I think) is mentioned a lot for videos, they may have something.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2007 08:00:32 AM »

crochet cotton is good, something thin, not sticky or splitty, also check out destination rows and KH definitely has videos. use a blunt sewing needle
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2007 08:02:20 AM »

Oh, ribbon!  That's a genius idea for a lifeline.  I've never actually done one before, but I'm a total lace addict so I'm sure I'll need to learn the technique someday...  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2007 09:17:25 AM »

Knittinghelp has a video.
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2007 03:36:11 PM »

Thanks so much for asking, I was actually thinking of posting the same question. Cheesy
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