This isn't a terribly huge problem but I'm hoping for a little insight from some more experienced knitters.
I'm a relativley new knitter. I've been knitting for about a year, I've knit a few fun fur scarves, a 6-ft drop stitch scarf, a 7ft(or longer!
) Harry potter scarf, a little freaky looking teddy bear, and the Pixie Hat, so I do have a little bit of experience. I've really been enjoying making things and my projects turn out pretty well, I think, even if they have a few "charming"
. But my problem is that whenever I knit a swatch to find my gauge I'm terribly off. My last few projects are supposed to be knit on size 8 needles but when I find my gauge I have too few stiches per inch, so one by one I go down a needle size to either a 4 or 5. I know that it is common to go down a size to get the right gauge, but is 4 normal? My knitting is not extemely loose either, it holds its own, it's not falling off the needles or anything. I also hold my yarn in my left hand wrapped around my pinky and over my fingers, held up by my pointer finger.
So, am I actually doing anything wrong or am I just naive to the ways of knitting?
Thank you for reading!