Reward knitting

I’m not talking about the kind of reward that you get after a job well done, a finished project or some other task that is now done. No, I’m talking about that kind of knitting that is rewarding in that you can see it’s progress. As a comparison we might take two of my on-going projects.


The first one is a top down cardigan in two colors. Sleeves are in one color and the upper bodice is another color (it will all be clear once it’s done). Since it’s top down you knit back and forth from the neck, that is one right front, one right sleeve, the back, one left sleeve and one left front. Since it would be ridiculous to make this stranded, to carry bodice yarn across sleeves and to carry sleeve yarn across back, I’ve chosen to leave sleeve yarn when the designated sleeve rows are done, twist it with the bodice yarn and then continue with the bodice and leave the sleeve yarn. It would be equally ridiculous to cut yarn every time I go from front to sleeve or from sleeve to back, not only would it be way to many ends to weave in to keep my sanity intact, it’s possible the whole thing would actually fall apart. Instead, I’m using four balls of yarn to knit this. One ball for the back, one each for the sleeves and one for the two fronts, using both ends of the ball. It works fine except for the fact that every third row my balls are in a complicated mess together and I have to put away my knitting to sort out the balls. Not to mention that as the cardigan grows the rows are longer and longer and takes much more time for each row.


Enter reward knitting item #1. A hat I cast on, bigger needles than the cardigan and only one color. With this one there is no sorting out yarn balls, it’s just knitting. That is rewarding. Not to mention the fact that ten rows on the hat equals 960 stitches knit and is basically the entire brim. Even after I’ve separated the bodice and the sleeves on the cardigan, the rows that are the bodice are still very long and 960 stitches give me just over three rows. That is not rewarding. It’s nothing. It’s not an entire brim, it’s Three rows that, by themselves, actually doesn’t do that much for my cardigan. Add them together with a bunch of other rows and we make magic but by themselves they will only mean that my cardigan is one centimeter, not even half an inch, shorter and honestly, I don’t think anyone would actaully notice if my cardigan is to my hips or a centimeter above. Remove the brim from the hat though and the whole garment falls apart, or actually, the hat falls off since the brim contains the ribbing which is there to make sure the hat stays on the head, sort of. 960 stitches. Ten rows that matters or three rows that doesn’t matter. I’m sure you can see the reward in this.