When I started to knit; I knitted trying differnet types of needles and different sts again and again. I started with a pattern once I thought I mastered the sts, and I did that gauge with the pattern-called-for yarn and size needles again and again until I got that damn gauge.
The altering of yarn and needles confused the heck out of me and I just thought, “darnit, I would just rather get this gauge right.” That just seemed like what I was supposed to do. I thought if I didn’t knit to gauge I was doing something wrong.
Now I alter yarns, but I just go down or up a needle size depending on if the yarn is thinner or thicker. I don’t bother trying to count sts and do the math.
I have made several thgings since then and have always knitted the gauge.
I always got it and since then haven’t done this if I keep with the same needle and weight/gauge of the yarn
I was reading all these posts about not getting the gauge. . .and it occurred to me that I am just weird.
I guess I could have saved months if I knew the formula for counting sts when gauge isn’t met. I mean I spent months on just that gauge when I first started knitting and for my first pattern.
Anyone else here make gauge, or do most modify?