Lifelines – What to do when the project is over

A few months ago, I posted about knitting lifelines. I hope I was able to give you a good understanding of what they are for, and how to use them when knitting your lace project.

But I kind left it hanging with the last post,  and didn’t explain what to do with them once your project is completed.  So this post is to pick up from there.  🙂


So, you’ve finished your project.  You have secured your last bound off stitch, and woven in your ends.  You made it through the whole project without one mistake.  Or if you made a mistake, the lifeline helped you save your project!  Yay!!!

But now you have a completed project with different colored threads running horizontally through your knit fabric.  And they have to be removed!  But how?

It’s simple!

You can either grab the lifeline thread from either edge, and pull, pulling the thread out of the row.  Or if your lifeline thread will not pull out easily, you can pick the thread out one or two stitches at a time, using your tapestry needle.

I made this quick video today to hopefully illustrate how to remove a lifeline.

Please be kind.

I almost didn’t upload it, and after I uploaded it I almost deleted it.  It is not the greatest quality…..


I only have 2 hands and I need both of them to knit with, so I have to improvise to hold my phone and camera!

Despite my skills in shooting a video, I still think this one illustrated the basic concept.


Until Next time – Have a StitchTastic Day!


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