I am a beginner. I understand the basic idea, but am having trouble putting it into practice.
I have a pattern that says find the right needle for the right gauge - there is a pattern for 4 stitches/in and 5 st/in. I am aiming for 5 st/inch.
I have yarn that calls for 18 st and 24 rows in a 4x4 square. I am getting the 18 stitches in 4 inches horizontally. However by 24 rows, I am only at 3" vertically. The average comes out to 4.5 st/inch.
Now, do I need a bigger needle? a smaller needle? this size is working - size 8 needle is what I am using.