So, for Mother's Day I treated myself to a set of Options (woo hoo! finally!) and enough shine sport to make MagKnit's ballet camisole. I've never made a garment before, and I enthusiastically cast on, using 6's, for a gauge swatch. Apparently I'm a loose knitter, because I got 4 stitches/inch instead of 5.5 as required, and the fabric is pretty see-through. No problem, I (a little less enthusiastically) cast on for a gauge swatch using 4's. Now I'm up to 5 stitches/inch, the fabric is a little closer to what I'd like, but still not there.
Of course, my Options needles only go down to size 4, and I'm not crazy about needing to buy a few more circular needles in order to do this top, without even knowing which ones I should buy to get gauge.
What should I do? Here are the choices as I see them:
I could order sizes 0-3 circular needles (in 24" size, I guess?) because I'll need a smaller size for the ribbing as well, and hope that one of those works.
I already need to make the smallest size top from the pattern due to my washboard boobs, so I can't really go down a size, but I guess I could try to adjust the pattern for my gauge (but did I mention this is my first garment? Ack!).
I'm even contemplating buying some shine worsted instead and using it, but I guess the drape would be very different.
Finally, I guess I should try a gauge swatch in the round instead of flat, because I'm pretty sure my purls are looser than my knits, and this top is knit in the round. How big should I make it? I'm really sure how to do that.
Thanks in advance for any help! I really hate to give on this before I start.