Tools I use:
Stitch markers, I'm using 1 set of simple rings and 1 set of beaded rings
Hiya Hiya interchangeable circular needles, I use these as they have a handy hole to thread your life line through.
Cotton perle 5 weight as my life line
Knitting App on my smart phone, downloaded from the App Store
If you don't have those tools
Stitch markers, you can use loops of thread or small rubber bands. I don't recommend using safety pins as they can get caught in your stitches.
Your favourite good quality needles knitting needles and a yarn needle for threading your life line in.
Smooth yarn or strong thread
Pencil and paper.
|The yellow thread is my life line which is holding the stitches in case I go wrong and have to rip my work back. The thread means that the stitches can't drop back further. It works like a spare needle holding the row in place.|
|I thread my cotton perle through the small hole in the metal part of the cord, leaving a shortish tail. Then I can knit as normal and the life line pulls along my row without much effort.|
|The life line lies along the line of your cord (or needles)|
|This is the life line through a whole row of my work.|
|Make sure to take the thread out from the needle before your start your next row. Just let it dangle either end, it won't go anywhere as long as you have a reasonable length either end.|
|If you go wrong you simply take the needles out of your stitches and rip your work back to the life line.....|
|.....then insert the needles back in your stitches again, along the line of the life line. Your stitch markers will still be in place as you've pulled the life line through them when you knitted or threaded your life line in.|
|When you knit your next line you need to drop the original stitch marker so it hangs from the life line....|
|and insert a new one on the needles.|
|When you knit along your next line you may find that your life line is wrapped over the needles. Just move it to the back and knit on as normal.....|
|If you don't have a smart phone a good old fashioned piece of paper works too. I mark off the pattern repeats and rows so I can easily see what repeat I'm on.|
|And this photo is what it's taking shape to be, along with my fabulous Hiya Hiya project bag and the wonderful coaster that Kay gave me for Christmas.|