Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Lifelines - not just for lace

You just can't imagine how tired I am of looking at the Circular Shrug. You just can't.

I put it off for a while, Daunted by how much I had to rip out and begin again. 5 inches of 2x2 ribbing across 120 stitches. ouch. Borrrrrrrring. But, I got off my duff and picked it up again.

Before I began ripping out all the ribbing, I grabbed some fairly slick acrylic yarn and put in a lifeline. It would have been ridiculously easy to rip out some of the mock ribbing.

How did I do this? I turned the work so that the wrong side was facing me. Then, working right to left and using a tapestry needle threaded with the acrylic, I picked up the right side of each stitch. This saved me from the headache of putting all the stitches back onto a needle without the fear of dropping every other one and having to rescue it with a crochet hook. Much easier with a lifeline! Why did it take me so long to figure this out?

Here's a pic of it: The acrylic yarn is red and a bit difficult to see.

Since this pic was taken, all the 2x2 ribbing has been ripped away. I did my increase row (forgetting it is what got me into this fix in the first place) and about an inch of the 2x2. Just 4 inches to go! 4 Loooooonnnnnggggg inches of rib. Oh boy.
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