I have been knitting for years. 32 years in fact. Since i was 3. Yes, now you know my age. I used to knit flat things, but then something like 15 years ago i knit a sweater. And it sort of fit. Then i knit another, and it also sort of fit. Then i learned that hey, i should maybe swatch.
And i hated it. With a fiery passion of a thousand burning suns. But i did it. And it kinda helped. My sweaters fit a bit better.
Then i learned that i should wash my swatch. This in fact changed all the things. My sweaters fit better.
However, two weeks ago i learned something completely new. I learned that my knitting is too loose to make sweaters. And that i could have known that from a gauge swatch. So, one unraveled Tucci Sweater later… I am starting again.