I’ve a question about gauge. The yarn that I plan to use is hand painted 100% wool. Using #9 US needles I get 4.5 sts per inch. After blocking it is 4 sts per inch. I want to use the same size needles and yarn and I want to wing it on my own without a pattern. Do I use the blocked measurement to go by?
I don’t plan to use a ready pattern, but let’s say I did and the pattern has a gauge of 4.5 sts per inch. For a garment size of 38 inches (with negative ease) I would need to CO approx. 171 inches. According to my blocked swatch it would actually block out to be approx. 42.75 inches. So, how do I decide the amount of ease? I like my sweaters to have some ease, not snug but not baggy either. This much of a difference before and after blocking is a lot over the course of a large project and it is playing difficult for me to wrap my head around.