Knitting and dyeing stories, experiences, solutions, and original pattern designs by Jessica LHeureux
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.
Incorporating life lines has saved me a lot of hassle and guesswork. You can use them in any project.
To run a life line, simply run a contrasting color of scrap yarn through stitches on the needle using a tapestry needle, as if to "hold stitches". Simply continue on with your pattern ignoring the life line. Life lines can be removed once your project is finished. Should you need to use one of your life lines, simply unravel back to the life line. You'll easily be able to reload your "held" stitches back to your needle.
Friday, November 19, 2010
More Baby Gnome Hats for Christmas
Click on the Patterns Link above to get this pattern for yourself!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Stinky and Chica have sniffed and decided she can stay. She's already following along nicely with the daily routine. Nature Boy (the cat) puffed up to approximately 3 times his size upon awareness, but still managed to eat his dinner before going about his way. She was interested in meeting him, but gave him space.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
"Baby Gnome" PDF Pattern
"Baby Gnome" has been posted to my Etsy store, MyKnits.com and Ravelry.com for sale. Both MyKnits and Ravelry provide automatic delivery / download of the PDF file upon receipt of payment. Etsy sales will receive an email containing the PDF file directly from me. If you are interested in purchasing "hard copies" please email me!
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