I knit very loosely, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. My hands stay very relaxed and I can knit for hours without any fatigue. But getting gauge can be a terrible pain.
I bought this Madelinetosh Worsted (which is really a much lighter DK weight) from a fellow blogger and Raveler to make Ringwood gloves for my mother. The colourway, “Kale”, is a beautiful blend of purple-grey tones dyed in a salt and pepper effect. It is great to knit with, but I am having no end of problems with my gauge.
The pattern suggests 24 st/4 inches in the ringwood pattern and the designer used 4mm needles. I am reliably loose so I always go down one needle size. I started off with 3.75mm, then 3mm, and am now down to a 2.75mm which makes the name “Madelinetosh worsted” sound like a cruel joke. Luckily my mother’s hands are larger than mine (which are like a small child’s) so I’m hoping I will have success this time around.
If I was a tight knitter I’d have more options, you can always size up more easily than size down, in my opinion. Which is why sock knitting is more a chore than it really should be. When I go down to size 00 or smaller my hands give up.
Which is why I will make sure the next project I knit will be made on reasonable sized needles.