Wednesday, September 20, 2006


On this my 5th pattern repeat, I screwed up. I have 38 stitches on one side of the marker, 34 on the other. How did this happen?

It would help to know how many stitches should be on each row -- does anyone know how many are increased every other row so I can count back?

And ... I've read about "lifelines" -- what are they? Where can I find one? Do they work at the office? In relationships? (hee hee)


Melisa said...

You probably left out some of the yarnovers. They can be picked up on the next row, or even 2 rows up, but after that, you'd be better off tinking back to add them. See how each bud has a single stitch that goes up out the middle of it? Each one of those should have a YO on each side of it. Check those and see if you missed some.

A lifeline is when you thread a thin thread (thin crochet cotton works best or even embroidery thread) through the live stiches of a row that you know is correct. If you goof later on and have to unravel, you can just take it the knitting off the needles and frog right back to the lifeline. It will hold those live stiches so you can put them back on the needles and start knitting from there.

KnittingJones said...

Thanks Melisa -- Both tips will really help. I'm a relative newbie when it comes to lace, but I love the pattern

Beverly said...

Your total stitch count should increase by four stitches every right side row. I use a spreadsheet to keep track of the counts and pattern repeats.

Marsha said...

I use a spreadsheet chart. I know exactly how many stitches for each side, for each pattern row that I should have. I use markers and count OFTEN!!

KnittingJones said...

Thanks for the stitch count
Beverly -- that will certainly help. So how do you put a pattern on a spreadsheet?