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I'm knitting booties from Zoe Mellor's 50 Baby Bootees to Knit and there is a part of the pattern that goes yo, k2tog, k2 repeated 9 times. On the fifth time I dropped my k2tog stitches, then DS3 grabbed my yarn and it came off my needle.<br>
And I had to rip out the whole thing because it's knit on size 2 and I could not get it back on my needle. Not that I would know how to fix a dropped stitch ANYWAY.<br>
I am so heartbroken.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> It is heartbreaking when that happens. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
when madison pulls my yarn off the needles, I'll take a scrap piece of yarn and a darning needle and go a row or two back and thread the scrap yarn through the stitches, then when I pull the main yarn back, all of the stitches "should" be on the scrap yarn. then I move the stitches onto the needle.
 

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Oh, that's horrible.<br>
When you start over again, put a lifeline through before that row (do you know how to do lifelines yet?) Then, even if your little helper does come helping, there's a limit to how much damage he can do.
 

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Leslie, you wanna come over and show me how to do that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
Helen I have no idea what a lifeline is. Can you explain it or do you have a good website?
 

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Oh man! I have been nervously knitting my LLshepherd sock on size 1's. My DD tends to stalk me when I knit on dpn's...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
SOooo sorry!
 

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DID - a lifeline is simply a piece of scrap yarn in a different color, threaded on a darning needle and then threaded in a straight line across one row of stitches, as if it were the needle. basically, you want the yarn to mimic the needle across one row, and leave it there (don't pick any of the lifeline yarn up on the next row) so that when you are further up, the yarn is still there across the stitches. Then if you have to frog it, you can only frog down to the lifeline, which holds that row of stitches and prevents them from dropping.<br><br>
Please learn how to fit a dropped stitch - it's so easy, and it kills me that you had to frog such a fancy item (as opposed to a garter stitch scarf, for example) just because of that. There's a new book out about fixing mistakes, and knittinghelp.com has a great video of using a crochet hook to pick up dropped stitches. You can also do it with your needles. On such tiny ones, you could use a toothpick or regular pin to hold the stitches and then knit them off it if you can't get them back on to the regular needle at first.
 

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Lifelines are really simple. Basically, thread a sewing needle (the one you use to weave the ends in) with a length of yarn and pass it through the stitches, just under the needle, and tie the ends loosely. Then keep knitting. If you need to go back for any reason, you won't need to go back any further than this because you'll have your stitches "saved" - I use it a lot when I'm knitting lace, but I often put one through after I've finished a ribbing on something (I hate ribbing, doing it twice would be unthinkable.)
 

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Hey DID, I miss ya!<br><br>
check out <a href="http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/misc.php" target="_blank">knitting help</a> there's a video about how to insert a lifeline and how to pick up a dropped stitch.
 

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Yeah you can! Or at least, you WILL be able to- suddenly, it'll click how it's meant to look, and what you need to do to make it look like that. Until then, it's grit and determination.
 

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This pattern makes me want to cry.<br>
It says:<br>
Row 7: k2 *yo, k2tog, k2* nine times, yo, k2tog, k1<br>
Work three more rows<br><br>
Not to mention that row 7 is effing impossible, but does it mean work 3 more rows in stockinette, or three more rows like row 7? ARGH.
 

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is row 7 an eyelet row? I would work 3 rows stockinette stitch.
 

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Row 7 is indeed an eyelet row. It makes sense now. But I still can't do the yo + k2tog. It's impossible on size 2 needles.
 

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I hear ya mama!!! Hang in there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Oh, that is so frustrating! Please *do* try to fix a dropped stitch. Take is from me -- I am the world's slowest learning knitter. And fixing mistakes has made me progress by leaps and bounds. YOU CAN DO IT. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"><br>
I am never going to get this yo + k2tog.<br>
I am so frustrated!
 

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So I got -the- nicest mama in the whole world to knit that part for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I'll have to work on it but at least now I can move on.
 

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yeahhh!!! hmmm wonder if it was tiff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Of course it was Tiff. She's my favorite.<br>
She also discovered that I've been purling backwards. I'm debating on whether I should rip out my whole piece again and do it right or just continue to do it wrong and try to do it right on the next project.
 
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