Thursday, November 29, 2012

Great knitting hint.......

Yes, still at work on gifts so no pix to share but I did read a hint this morning from Clara at Knitter's Review that I wanted to pass on. The latest article is a review of interchangeable knitting needles sets, which I don't need since I have a Knit Picks set, but this paragraph caught my eye. I knit lace often and put in lifelines at the end of pattern repeats - this tip will be a real time saver for me. Thank you Clara!

"All of the needles use a screw-and-key mechanism that will be familiar to you if you've used the Knitter's Pride Symfonie Dreamz or Knit Picks Options needles. You screw the tip into the cord and then insert a fine metal rod through a hole in the join to tighten."

(HERE'S THE TIP) "The key hole serves a second function for those knitters who love to work intricate lace. Every few dozen rows, or perhaps every pattern repeat depending on what you're doing, simply run a thin strand of yarn through that keyhole and then proceed as normal. As you go, you'll be quietly stranding a lifeline into that row so that you can unravel any future mistakes back to that point. In technology terms, you're making a backup of your project—any changes made after the backup will be lost, but it's a whole lot better than having to erase and start from scratch."


  1. That's really cool! I have the Knit Picks interchangeables though and I'm not sure they have a hole. I'm definitely going to check though. Great tip.

  2. Yes! I like to use dental floss for my lifeline (usually Glide w/o flavor, and certainly not any waxed variety) because it slides through the stitches easily.

  3. Yes, Knit Picks do have a hole in them, they've got that little tool to tighten up the needle to the cord. I can't wait to try this time saving trick for my lifeline.

    I've also used dental floss and sometimes very thin perle cotton but the dental floss container is so nice and compact to carry, not to mention it sliding easily through the knitting


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