I’ve been a member of this board for many years, but I have only knit off and on - I am definitely still a beginner-intermediate knitter and am learning! (as we all do forever! ) I am not afraid to learn and I am ambitious.
So, I knit a pair of socks one time years ago that were WAYYY too loose. I frogged them even though I really liked them. (mind you, I didn’t even using ribbing then, so no WONDER they were loose, but even the toe was a bit loose)
So, this time, I really want them to fit. I am knitting socks for my husband and for myself. I knit a swatch and it is 5 stitches too few width-wise. My gauge for 4 inches is 29 stitches wide (aiming for 34) and 41 rows long. (aiming for 50 rows) I have only knitted a swatch once before to try to get gauge. I even blocked my swatch this time! It’s Cascade Heritage Silk. (AWESOME YARN!)
Essentially, my question is this - how many more needle sizes do you recommend that I go down? I am using a US 2 needle right now - a bamboo addi 40" circ.
Part of me really wants to knit with bamboo because it is warmer and not so slick, but I’m already knitting with quite a small size. Do you think a 1 or a 0 would do the trick? I aim to do toe up socks, so I could always work with the length of it as I go if that ends up still being an issue. Or do you recommend I do a combination of going down a size and switching to metal?
What do you think, experienced knitters?