problems with gauge/tension
I've been knitting for about 6 months now - lots of baby booties, a small baby sweater, a doll, a few simple toques. I'm eager to do some slippers and scarves, a couple of sweaters, but I'm hesitant to tackle these bigger projects because my guage is always such a mess!
When I follow a pattern, the dimensions of the finished item seem so skewed - too wide and too short! When I switched to smaller kneedles, the knitted garment felt so tight and stiff.
I've knit and then unravelled several slippers to start over from the beginning, and I'm getting discouraged.
Is there a general connection between the thickness or weight of the yarn and the needle size that I should use?
Maybe knitting is like painting a room - you put a lot of time into the set-up (cleaning and taping / yarn rolling and guage checking) and then the actual job doesn't take very long?
Jodi R. Murphy