I started the Hermione hat (pattern on ravelry) and I seem to have a bit of a problem.
First, I'm in Italy, so I don't have a lot of access to stores, and the ones that are here, it's somewhat difficult to communicate/fully understand every word exchanged. I bought Italian wool, and I'm fairly sure the weight is worsted, but I'm not 100%.
Second, my circulars are 80cms (32 inches) which is huge, obviously. When I cast on the 110 stitches, they were able to stretch out the entire length of the 80cms, and I did a few rows and realised, this is going to turn out to be massive, since I could fit my whole head through and wear it as a necklace!
I ripped it all out, and did a gauge (my first one ever, since most of my previous projects were things like scarves) - and it is supposed to be: 7 stitches and 9 rows as a one inch square. Stitch wise, mine is perfect, an exact inch, but row wise, mine is closer to 1.5 inches.
The needles are actually smaller than recommended by the pattern, I'm using 3.5mm rather than 3.75's, so I'm wondering what my problem is?
and how do I fix it? I reaaaally want to get knitting again!