Dear fellow loose knitters,
I have always knit loose too and sometimes have to use several sizes smaller needles than called for. I have worried about that at times because if the pattern calls for a 0 to start with where do I go? :shrug: I know there are smaller needles, but I don’t have many. :lol:
If you are using the type of yarn the pattern calls for, I don’t mean the exact brand, but one that should be a pretty darn close match in gauge, I’d say just keep trying smaller needles until you hit pay dirt. The problems come in sometimes when you have to get row gauge too for some patterns. Many times row gauge doesn’t matter, but in some patterns it does.
If you can knit consistently you are doing better than me. :lol: I don’t recommend changing a natural even knitting to try to compensate for gauge. I do that sometimes, but I go all over the charts when I do. I just knit a little sweater on size 1 needles where the pattern called for 6s. But…I was not using the yarn called for. All went well (both stitch and row gauge were important and mine were very close). Then I decided to make the next size down in the same kind of yarn as the first one. I started merrily along with my size 1s and I am getting a totally different gauge. Way small. So I went to a three, still too small and now I’m trying a 4. :ick: Much frogging. Luckily I like to knit and am pretty patient. :lol:
I knit Continental too, and wouldn’t switch even if it improved my tension, and it might. But there are too many things I prefer about Continental to give it up. The major one that would keep me from switching is that English hurts my hands and I can’t knit long at all without needing to quit. :sad: I don’t care that much about losing speed, but the hurting is not worth it.
I can knit tight Continental if I think about it, but that hurts too, so I just try to compromise and knit loose enough to be comfortable. I guess I have trouble remembering exactly how I was knitting to get the gauge I got. :ick: So if you can knit the same way all the time, don’t try changing your even, natural tension. Needles you can change, even yarn, but don’t go there. :lol:
A loose woman