The actual question is at the bottom. The top portion is just my understanding of things to-date.
Not sure if these posters are still on the site but I'm hoping someone might be free to talk with me about a question I have.
I'm taking a knitting class that is using Deborah G Walker's "Learn-To-Knit Afghan Book". Just finished Square 1: Striped Garter Stitch.
I did pretty well for a complete starter I think, but since the book gives no target height and width, I'm not sure how close or far I came to the mark.
I understand, or at least I think I understand, that this first square is pretty much allowing the knitter to work at their own unique gauge. That is, the first block is essential because that's what will set the tone for the entire afghan.
In my case, I used size US 7 needles, or alternately 4.5mm.
When finished, I could tell it was not square. I measured it and the height was greater than the width. I wasn't quite sure what to make of that and so I stretched it out quite a bit and then left it alone for over 8 hours. My square turned out 8.5" high by 8" wide.
Now my question:
What part of the knitting process affects the height and what part affects the width. I looked online but can't find an answer to this to help me understand what I can do to manipulate how I lay a stitch in order to make them uniform in both height and width.
I know this might seem very picky, but I want to understand the full process so I know exactly what I am doing and how each move affects the next.
Important to note: This square uses two colors. They are both Cascade 220.
Thanks in advance,