Hey everyone. Anyone who's been keeping up with my knitting recently knows that I started a sweater, had to frog 16 inches because of gauge inconsistency and was like, I can't do sweaters.
Well I took my first knitting class today, and the teacher (who's pretty familiar with me and my knitting, as I've been going to Open Knitting for a month or so) has been suggesting working on a sweater and she brought in patterns. Well we picked one that I liked (and she does too, we're both supposed to knit it together...awwww! lol) and we worked on gauge in class today. I have a fear of getting gauge, mostly beacuse I can't. Well we tried on 13s that the pattern calls for, but it was far too small. We tried on 15s and it was right, so I bought a 15 circular needle while I was there. Well I came home and started the sweater. It's knit in the round at the bottom, so I did 7 rows of twisted ribbing, then I did the first four rows of stockinette. Just to see how I was on my gauge, I tested to see how many sts = 4 inch (at the class today, I was right on with 15s... 10 sts = 4 in.) Well now, 10 sts = 3 in... 13 sts = 4 in!!!!!
How am I always sooooooo off from my gauge? WHYYYY? If I decide that I don't like knitting sweaters in the future, that's one thing. But I don't want to not knit sweaters just because I can't... ya know? I just, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! I don't know what to do, and I don't know why my gauge is always so far off. So...