Fine Yarn, Big Needles?
So, I was going to knit some legwarmers in a super airy gauge. But like...I just can't do it. I can't knit with size 11 needles using what I think is a sport weight yarn (reccomended needle size is 7, gauge is 21 st =4", it's Classic Elite Yarns Inca Alpaca). It's oh-kay, I will just knit these babies on size 8 needles I guess (and it will take forever *stab*), but I was just curious, how DOES one knit an airy gauge without their knitting turnring into a rat's nest? Is it my bad tension striking again? Or something else I'm doing wrong?
Also, I am still getting messy stitches on the edges...and slipping the first stitch seems to make it worse (I fail to see how it would help???).