That exercise in which you gather your chosen yarn, and the anticipated needles, and knit a big ol' square (or rectangle) so that you can figure out how many stitches and how many rows you're actually going to get when knitting. Very useful to prevent knitting sweaters the wrong size by accident.
It goes like this: if you've got MORE stitches (or rows) in an inch than you're aiming for, you need a bigger needle. Likewise, if you've got FEWER stitches (or rows) in an inch than you're aiming for, you need a smaller needles.
I reported having gotten 23 row in 3 inches (aiming for 28 rows in four inches). This means that I got 7.66666 rows to the inch when I was aiming for 7 rows to the inch. So, I got MORE rows in my inch than I wanted. According to that paragraph up there, that means I should have grabbed a BIGGER needle.
As I reported in the last entry -- I went DOWN a needle size.
I made a lovely swatch, with way too many rows to an inch.
Going UP two needle sizes now. Please don't hurt yourselves laughing at me.
The question is: Will I have achieved the perfect gauge in time to use this as an Olympics Knit??