Lifeline – floss and ear worm

At our recent knit-and-natter, I was extolling the virtues of using a lifeline when working lace patterns …


Threading a piece of contrasting thread along the row every now and then (and leaving it there while you continue knitting) means that if you make a mistake later on, or drop a stitch, it will be easy to save your project and you can quickly pick up the correct stitches as they are all secure on the ‘lifeline’. Well worth the effort, especially when your project involves 365 stitches,ย like this oneย ๐Ÿ™‚

I like to use dental floss for my lifelines, as it is smooth and doesn’t distort the fabric. Interchangeable needle tips make it easy to thread the floss through the row, as it can be secured in the screw section between the needle tip and the cable, and then pulled through as you knit the yarn. It doesn’t get in the way, and doesn’t involve any extra work!


On my way home after knitting-and-nattering with the gang, a tune kept going round my head… Memories of school and New Romantics … Hmm, I quickly realised the song was Lifelineย byย ย Spandau Balletย from the early 80s … I hadn’t consciously made the connection before, but my brain had been working in the background and had come up with an obvious link from years ago … My knitting lifelines will never look the same again!

Do you use lifelines in your knitting, and if so, what do you use to create them? Have they ever saved you from disaster? ย I’d love to know!









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9 Responses to Lifeline – floss and ear worm

  1. swissrose says:

    Oh my goodness…!!!

    I’ve never actually used one, though I acknowledge that I perhaps should – when I embark on a really complicated lace pattern, perhaps…
    Meanwhile, I will make sure to use one while sailing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Nikki - Yet Another Crafter says:

    I’ve not heard of doing that before, but then I don’t wander into lace knitting very often or projects that involve that many stitches! I’m guessing it’s unscented floss?!


  3. MrsCraft says:

    I don’t use them but I should, especially when attempting complicated patterns beyond my capabilities!

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