Inserting a lifeline after the fact

I’m working on a double-knit pair of fingerless gloves. Like most of my projects it’s a learn-as-you-go affair. With single layer stuff I don’t really have a problem taking it off the needles and ripping it back and putting it back on the needles. Sometimes anyway. But with double knitting projects whenever I’ve done that it has always turned into a bit of a clusterphuque, if you’ll pardon my Irish.

So I decided to get a couple of size 000 addi turbos (one for each layer/side) and pick up the first leg of each stockinette stitch all the way around and then turn the whole thing inside out and do it all over again on the other side. I’ve tried it a few times and up until today it had never worked and I always ended up having to start over. Today I took the work out into direct sunlight and worked very slowly and carefully and it worked! I’m always amazed when an old dog like myself can learn a new trick like this.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Congrats. I have to agree that the feeling of finally conquering a setback that you just Know you can solve is really a big boost for the ego. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

TheKnittingMill's picture

I love it when, after working at something unsuccessfully for a while, it finally clicks! Congrats!

The Knitting Mill

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Glad that you are finally making mittens, you always said you wanted to , great job. You know I am only half Klingon so I don't bite unless requested to, and you owe me no money so I hope we are still kind of friends. lol

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I remember well those early days of learning to knit when I’d be at home and run into a situation that I just couldn’t understand and I would have to wait until Monday night and bring it in. Frequently I would be sitting next to you and I’d hand you the mess and you would study it silently and very carefully and then you’d explain to me what I’d done and how I could do it differently. Very soon when I ran into a problem, I started to ask myself, “Well, what would Andy do?” And the first thing you’d do, of course, would be to study the work very carefully. It was an important lesson you taught me. Along with quite a few others, of course. I’ve missed knitting with you.

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Glad you still love me, I love you too buddy, you are a very inspiring fellow to be working along with. Always wishing you success, hope you can share some pictures with us. Are you using a specific pattern.

AKQGuy's picture

Doesn't that feel good? I love the mixed up sensation of joy at figuring out, and relief that you don't have to tear it all out.

Nehkhasi's picture

Love the fact that you figured out what needed to be done and you did it! I have to admit that in the beginning I was a lazy knitter! :-( I didn't want to do what was needed in order to make the work wonderful. I'm learning now the discipline and patience to take loving time to care for your work of art. Also, I love the relationship that you and Andy have had, to be student and mentor. That sounds like one great big blessing. Happy Knitting! Nehkhasi


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Thanks, Nehkhasi, and may I offer a belated welcome to the group. Everything everyone has said is true. Lots of help, support and encouragement here for guys who knit. And yes, I was very lucky indeed in my first year of learning to knit. I was fortunate to get a lot of direct support and instruction from a number of guys in this group. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be knitting. It’s as simple as that.

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I just took a lace shawl out of storage to start work on it after ...oh, six month or so. I counted stitches and discovered I was one short. As I started investigating, I discovered a few other mistakes, requiring a rip back. So glad that I have a lifeline about an inch back, and very distressed to find that the lifeline has "fallen out" of about 5 stitches on one end, and about 20 on the other end. Lace weight yarn on size 4 needles. I can barely even tell which stitch goes with which row.

I was so distressed that I did housework today rather than attempt to pick up those missing stitches. House looks better, shawl doesn't.

I'll adopt your method of Bright Sunshine when I go to do it. Thanks!

-Jorah of Indian Land, SC

-Jorah of Indian Land, SC

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I wish you the best of luck, Jorah. Lace weight yarn on size 4 needles. That's a serious challenge. Sunlight for sure. If you can rig up some kind of magnifying lens, that couldn't hurt either. I'll make an offering in my imagination to the knitting gods for you tonight. It does sound seriously challenging though. With any luck MMario will ride to the rescue with the perfect suggestion. All the best, Tom