I just made this hat: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hat-31-cable-gingerbread
It came out lovely, but much too small for an adult. It’d be good on a young child. This is the first time I’ve knit a hat and I haven’t knit many things that require very accurate sizing. I’ve never done a gauge swatch and this pattern didn’t actually have one I could do if I had wanted to. If I ever hope to knit for other people I need to get this sizing issue taken care of. If the hat came out too small does this simply mean I knit too tightly? If so, would you suggest I learn to knit more loosely or should I just change the size of my knitting needles? Will doing a gauge swatch insure my items come out the correct size?