Tension and needle sizes

I am very curious and wanted to know how many people out there can usually use the same size needle as listed in a pattern. I always have to go up one size, even though I’ve been working on my tension and don’t knit nearly as tightly as I used to.

I don’t even try to get the gauge recommended because I generally use a needle larger than the pattern calls for. I like looser knit things.


I always do my first swatch (if I do one) with a size larger. Rarely do I find that the needle called for works for me, unless the designer is also a tight-ish knitter.

9 out of 10 times i get guage with the needle size listed in the pattern. Occasionally, I’ll have to go up a size.