Hello from a new member and new knitter!
Having picked up knitting after about 25 years (when I was still a beginner), I have now completed 4 scarves and am getting ready to knit a simple hat on 2 needles (size 7) with Red Heart 4-ply worsted (what does that mean?) acrylic yarn.
I dutifully knit a swatch to see what my gauge is (first time I've done this). The instructions said the gauge should be 20 stitches x 26 rows = 4" square.
I started out with several rows of garter stitch, and then decided I'd better do stockinette since most of the hat is stockinette, so I continued with 26 rows and then put some more rows of garter stitch after that.
I haven't measured the swatch yet.
Here are my questions:
Should I test gauge with stockinette or with garter, or does it matter?
Do I count the cast-on row in the 26 rows?
I have the long loose final stitch problem, too, and the edges curl, so I'll read those posts.
My stockinette part of the swatch has ridges. Every other row (I don't know whether it's a knit row or a purl row) seems to stick up a little, or somehow cause ridges from side to side. What is happening, and how do I fix it?
Thanks for your help!
p.s. I'm knitting in continental style. One grandmother taught me continental (yarn entering from left hand) and the other grandmother taught me the opposite way, so sometimes I get confused. Can I mix these without a problem?