In lace knitting, there are few things worse than ripping out lace. The worse part is trying to read your knitting as you put it all back on the needles. Lifelines are a way to keep your knitting straight as you are putting it back together.
It is usually a good idea to put lifelines in every couple inches just in case something goes awry. Sometimes it is hard to remember to put in a lifeline, but if you have ever had to rip out lace, you’ll know it is well worth it.
I’ve been working on a lace cowl for a few months… or maybe years. Every time I work on it, I manage to mess it up and have to start over again completely. I think I must have restarted it six or seven times. The pattern isn’t even particularity difficult. Next time I am going to attempt to save myself the trouble and put in lifelines.
There are a few different ways to put in lifelines, but these videos are the clearest and most comprehensive! I would highly suggest you use lifelines whenever you get a chance!