or more precisely, why is it so hard for me to get it right?
When I knit my Juliet, my gauge on 10.5 needles was too many stitches to the inch, on 11's it was too few. I went with the 11's because it was closer overall. I kind of wish I would have used the 10.5's, mostly because the yarn I used is really elastic and I think I could have gotten away with it a bit smaller. I still love it, but if I were to do it again, I'd do it differently.
I started a new project this weekend. According to the yarn label, I should get 4.5 stitches to the inch on 8's. I know I knit big so, 9 times out of 10, I need to go down at least one, if not two needle sizes. So I knit my gauge swatch on 7's and get 5 stitches to the inch. I try it again on 8's....still 5 stitches to the inch. On 9's....5 stitches to the inch. What the heck? Can someone please explain this to me? How is this at all possible?
I went with the 8's. I think I probably knit bigger in the round. That sounds possible, doesn't it? I hope so. I really do. Fingers crossed that it was the right choice.