Why all things knitting should be metric

I am knitting Autumn Rose. Rather, this I am attempting to knit Autumn Rose. I thought I had all the required needles – size 2 29″ circulars, remedy size 2 16″ circulars, size 2 dpns, etc. The problem is, not all size 2s are created equal. Size 2s come in two sizes, 2.75mm and 3.0mm.
The pattern specifies size 3.0mm size 2s. I knit ahead heedless of the fact that my needles were 0.25mm smaller than specified. I ended up with a gauge of 36sts/4″ instead of the required 30sts/4″. My row gauge was 40rows/4″ instead of 30. I frogged. Again.
This is not the first time this sweater has been ripped back. This is not the second time this sweater has been ripped back. The first time I joined to work in the round, I twisted it. This was my first twist, and I will have the universe know that I was careful! Honest! I checked and double checked, and the only thing I can figure is that the slippery 296 stitches worked their way around sneakily when I was checking. And that’s my story for why it was twisted the second time, too. Yes, my first twist and I did it twice in a row. But the third time worked, that is until I got up to the circular patterning and realize the pattern was all messed up.
I spent Wednesday’s presidential debate ripping and fixing only to find out my gauge was off.
So last night I picked up the size 3 (3.25mm) needles I have. Having discussed it with my knitting group of one (Hi Mom!), we figured that my gauge was so tight that going to 3.0mm needles probably wouldn’t be enough increase anyway. So I’ve started again (I think this makes my 4th start) on 3.25mms. If the gauge is too big, I’ll know exactly what needle size I need. I still refuse to work a swatch. I’d rather take my chances and wind up back in the frog pond.
I briefly considered putting the yarn away and starting a different sweater, but I’m determined now. I want this sweater, and I want it this winter. It will not beat me!

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