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.
"Trust the pattern!"
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.
Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog
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