Working row+Comfort row

Working row + comfort row OR work on every row. Where do you stand on this important question? Do you like a comfort row, worked quite often in purl, where you don’t have to think about a stitch pattern? I do but sometimes it’s not the best way to go.

Right now I’m knitting lace and boy, I am really appreciating the comfort row. I have to concentrate and count as I work across the row, glancing at the chart over and over again since I don’t seem to be able to hold too much in my small brain these days. Since I’m working garter lace my comfort row is a knit row and I sigh in gratitude every time.

But when I was working the Bias Centre in garter stitch I was happy to do a little bit on every row. It gives the garter stitch, not structure exactly, but some way to tell where I was. I especially, in the case of garter stitch, like to work the decreases or increases at the beginning of the row as opposed to the end.

I don’t know if you find this but garter stitch sort of numbs me out, especially on long rows of it. About 5 stitches in my mind is off on another tangent and not paying any attention to what I’m doing. I find myself turning and starting the next row, paying close attention to whatever is required, before I realize that maybe I was supposed to do something at the end of that last row. Wait, did I miss something?? Tink back and finish up correctly. This is where a strategically placed marker comes in very handy. A very large marker that you can’t miss is a must, just like tying a string on your finger. Hmm I wonder why that string is there? I know there was something I was trying not to forget!

This little guy is our comfort these days. His family made it up to the camp (called a cottage if you’re in the south but here in the north it’s called a camp). Max is the 7th generation to come here. Right now we have 4 generations of my own family in residence, plus cousins and aunts and uncles too, over 6 camp properties (all social distancing but pretty easy since we spend all our time outside).

My daughter (who is feeling pretty good right now) and her little boy.
Max and daddy, ready for bed, at least Max is.

I’ll stop now with the Nana pics. We are overjoyed that they made it up. Another baby that can grow up here, just like Morgan and her brother did, me and my sisters did and my father before me. Makes me feel hopeful for the future.

Cheers, and I hope you are working some magic with your knitting whether you have a comfort row or not,

Deb

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I'm a Knitter. The capital K means every day, everywhere. I'm co-owner of Cabin Fever with my sister Lyn. We have published over 100 patterns and 11 books. I'm also working on a new set of patterns for Any Gauge knitting. Dive into your stash and cast on for a Top Down sweater that fits, or an accessory to use up those odd balls of yarn.

14 thoughts on “Working row+Comfort row”

  1. I’m so happy that you are all able to be together at your camp. Max is a sweetie. As for comfort rows, I’m needing plain comfort knitting, no thought, these days.

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  2. Hi Deb, I’m starting a shawl with brightly coloured fingering weight acrylic yarn given to me by Alison. It’s a simple stockinette stitch shawl, so I should be ok.  If I don’t like how the colours blend together, I’ll turn it into a purse stitch scarf or cowl, using big needles.What a beautiful little family!  Max is growing up so fast!  Enjoy your time at camp.  Yes, it is “camp” up here  isn’t it?  Lol!Annette Gravelle Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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    1. That sounds really nice. I hope I can see it up close and personal sometime. Yes, you know it’s camp here. LOL.

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  3. Deb,How nice to see pictures of daughters family! Max looks like a lovely little fellow, loved by all!  So glad to hear your daughter is doing well,still a very scary situation.Enjoy your time at the ‘camp’s! See you soon on Zoom.Stay safe & healthyLindaSent from my Galaxy Tab® E

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