I'm working on my second cardigan. This time I closely read the instructions and paid more attention to the gauge.
Gauge mystifies me. I guess I work with a real tight gauge, so I need to knit swatches to see what needles I need to use.
And I thought knitting was going to be so simple. I'm learning that everyone knits differently, and one type and yarn and needles can yield a different gauge, depending in the knitter.
So I'm knitting my current sweater with a 5 and 7, rather than a 3 and five to get the recommended gauge.
Live and learn.