4d8d4-liftedincreasestep2I ran across this Twist Collective article again the other day showing how even the type of needle you use can influence your gauge – wonderful reading and food for thought.

Emphasizing once again that needle sizes in any knitting pattern are given as a starting point only and each individual knitter really needs to find what works for them with THEIR yarn, THEIR needles, THEIR knitting style and THEIR tension. So yes, swatch, swatch, swatch!