Okay, those of you who know me at all know that I'm far too impatient to knit a gauge swatch. I so admire Sue for her diligence, patience and disciplined knitting technique, but it just isn't me. I watched Sue knit swatch after swatch for her Silky Wool Summer Cardigan. She swatched gauge, color ways, more colorways, different needle sizes..on and on.. I could have had the sweater half-way knitted, started five other projects, and dreamed of ten more projects to add to the cue by the time she finished swatching.
But, Sue's labour of love created the most stunning, "To Die For" Silky Wool Cardigan with perfect fit! I have four knitting bags full of unfinished objects.
Jill has championed the Everyday Wrap Knit-a-Long with great gusto. The response is somewhat overwhelming. Her wrap is being knit in a jewel-tone blue Malabrigo on a size #8 needle and she has almost a foot of loveliness completed. Elizabeth is also knitting her wrap with Malabrigo but she is using a size 10-1/2 needle. Same yarn, same pattern but different hands.
The point of all of this is that patterns, planning (or lack of planning), gauge, swatching (or lack of swatching), and needle size do matter but it is the desire to knit something badly enough that you make it work and fit the way you want it to. The pattern is just a blue print to be used as a guide. You make it your own by choosing the yarn, the needles and altering the pattern along the way. (Sue is probably cringing.)
It may take a few attempts and a bit of patience to get it right but Knitwits is there to help and encourage you along the way!