Sunday, November 21, 2010
"Life Lines" aren't just for gameshows!
In the photo you will notice two lines in the cap that have a dark line of thread running through them. These are "Life Lines"
Life Lines are very useful in both knitting and designing/prototyping. When knitting particularly complex patterns, running a life line gives you a safe point to frog back to if you discover an error. I also like to run life lines on the last row of repeats; they provide me with an easy visual mark to count my repeats against.
When designing or knitting prototypes, life lines can also be used to mark pattern transitions for scaling. For this particular project, they are worth gold. The above cap appears complete, however, the reality of the matter is the fit is wrong. The overall length falls short. Because I ran a life line through the last row before closing the cap with decreases, I can unravel back to that point, add body length, throw another life line, close it and re-test the end product, making edits to my written pattern along the way. I have no risk of over frogging.