in need of advice (or a smaller needle, or different yarn)Here's the thing:
I was thinking, this January, of taking on some complicated project to rev up my knitting. Something that would stretch my skills and push me. When I saw that the Aranknit Yahoo Group was hosting a "Follow the Leader Aran Knitalong" I thought that would be perfect. I have an order in for a large amount of Cascade, and yesterday I sat down with some other Cascade to swatch.
The leader calls for a gauge of 22 stitches to 4 inches over moss stitch.
I started with size 5 needles. I got 16 stitches to 4 inches, before and after washing.
Apparently I am a LOOSE knitter. I am a floozy with the moss stitch.
Ok, so clearly, the only way I'd get 22 stitches to 4 inches is to go down enough sizes in needles that my hands would be cramping from holding them.
Here are the options:
1)Use the smaller needles.
2)Change yarn. Not a bad option, I'd be fine finding a use for the original Cascade. Something in a DK weight perhaps?
3) Change filler stitches. I'm usually a tighter knitter than this, so I think I could hit those 22 stitches to 4 inches over some other stitch.
I'm open to suggestions.