I hate swatching! Until recently, I've always been spot on with knitting to gauge when using recommended yarn and needle size.
My first Rondelay, I didn't swatch.
The pattern said: Gauge: 18 st and 36 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.
So I didn't check my gauge. I WAS using the yarn suggested for the project, so I cast on!
First Rondelay with suggested yarn and needles (size 6): 26/44
So, I checked my gauge with a swatch which I blocked!
With size 7 needles I got 20/40. Closer
I tried size 8 needles, but the fabric was far too loose (really needed a 7.5 needle, but do they even make that size?).
So here she is:
She is knitting bigger, compared to my finished and blocked first Rondelay.