I have knitted items for years that do not reguire gauge to be perfect or exact, i.e. lace table cloths, runners dollies etc. Yet have longingly tried to muster the courage to knit sweaters, socks, hats. I have books, books and more books of patterns and over the years, I have purchased a closet full of alpaca and cashmere. I have finally mustered the courage to knit my first pair of socks. I have my gauge swatch ready. BUT, how do I block and accurately count the stitches for my number of cast on stitches. The socks are baby cable which is basically just a k2p2 ribbing. I understand gauge, purpose etc. The question is; Do I count the stitches laying flat not stretched out a little, or stretched out a little to see the knit and purl. How do I do it? I feel so embarressed asking this question. But I had to fight my embarressment, cause I am ready to knit something WEARABLE!!! And I want to wear them, my first.
Thank You So Much