If you’re anything like me, you live on the edge and avoid putting in lifelines. Then regret it. I know they can save you a lot of work. I know this. However. I just don’t like doing it and have trouble getting myself to. Honestly, I often rebel and end up ripping out work unnecessarily after a mistake. I do this multiple times before I bring myself to put one in. Some of the excuses I use are that it takes time to put a lifeline in, the processes to do so are slow and finicky, and I can never find the supplies I need at hand. These reasons are mostly valid but not to the extremes I take them. Really, I just don’t like being interrupted while I am knitting, and the longer the interruption, the more I get annoyed.
In my frustration, which I hope you don’t have to share through being as persnickety as I, I dreamed up another way to put a lifeline into my work. I’m pretty excited about this method as it and the kit I developed to use with it tackles all the things I used to whine about. I call it the SimpliDieux Method, pronounced “Simply-Doo” (rhymes with “Scooby Doo”). This method allows me to insert a lifeline while knitting a row or round. Other than a wee bit of set-up, it doesn’t slow me down at all.
The method requires the use of a small, grippy, and stretchy silicone ring. The lifeline is tied to the ring, slipped onto the tip of the left-hand needle (the one with the live stitches on it), then knitting resumes. Remember that in general when a stitch is completely knit it is slipped off the end of the left-hand needle. This still occurs, but in the SimpliDieux Method we slip it over the ring first and then off the end of the left-hand needle. Lefties, insert right-hand instead of left-hand 🙂
That’s it. That’s all there is to it. Once all the stitches are knit (or purled, or whatever) the lifeline will magically be in place in the row that was just knit (the row below the new live stitches).
I have not tested this method in all scenarios (cables are coming to mind as a possible difficulty), so let me know what you uncover in the comments please!
The kit I have put together contains everything you should need for putting a lifeline in, whether it be using the SimpliDieux Method or other traditional methods. I’ve included:
- Set of 14 different rings, increasing from tiny to really big
- Set of 2 metal, bent tip, tapestry/yarn needles in a sturdy plastic case
- Set of 6 5-yd nylon lifeline cords, in different colors that should provide nice contrast to you work
- A sturdy metal tin with room enough for all the items and more should you need it. The tin has a see-through lid.
I think you’ll love having these supplies in one place. The yarn needles are my favorite yarn needles and don’t have that plastic seam that snags your yarn like cheaper versions do. The bent tips are super helpful for picking up stitches like you do in some traditional methods of lifeline insertion. Of everything in the kit, what I really appreciate the most is the nylon cord. It is so thin, so durable, and so smooth that it doesn’t stretch out your stitches, split, or snag/felt together with your working yarn. I give the nylon cords bonus points for being easy to tie and untie. Love this tool.
Should you like to have the SimpliDieux Method demonstrated, or want to learn more about traditional lifeline insertion methods, check out the videos below, or head on over to my YouTube channel . I have a few other instructional videos there as well.
If you’ve made it this far, I appreciate you! I hope what I’ve outlined here will be helpful to you and enhance your joy in knitting. I’m completely available for any feedback or questions via my contact page or in the comments section below. Thanks for visiting MarkiDieux!