I’m only a couple weeks into learning to knit. I did some practice swatches with garter and stockinette and finally decided to try a simple piece. I thought I’d attempt a scarf, but instead of straight garter decided to try a bee stitch pattern to diversify my learning a bit. After a few practice attempts to figure out the knit-one-below idea, I gave it a shot. I was using a chunky acrylic and only cast on 15 stitches and it went pretty well for awhile. It actually looked nice and then…
I tried to put in a lifeline and a few rows later decided to frog back to it and I made a bad situation worse. The lifeline was tangled in the knitting and not straight and my attempts to figure it out and reclaim a good row of stitches completely failed. The piece was ruined.
I realize now that I did knit the lifeline into my work after it was placed, but I’m wondering how to avoid this and, also, if a lifeline will work when every other row has knit-one-below stitches. Should it be placed on one of the all-knit rows or one of the rows between those? It just seems like wherever it’s placed, some of those stitches are going to be dropped to a different row and maybe tangle.
Gee, I’m sorry for such confused rambling. Short version: How do I avoid knitting the lifeline into my work? Will a lifeline work when knit-one-below stitches are involved?
Thank you. And, again, sorry for the blather.