Like most knitters I usually just jump into a new pattern and I don’t give the gauge swatch any consideration. One of my biggest pet peeves, in general, is wasting my time.
I’m trying to change my ways. I’ve noticed that every time I’ve knit a pair of socks, they never came out the way I expected. Guess what? My gauge was off. I couldn’t wear the socks and ended up giving them away. I have one pair, out of 6 that I have been able to keep for myself. I’m sure no one else sees a problem with this.
I’ve been thumbing through the Yarn Harlot’s Knitting Rules book and I’m going to try her basic sock recipe with some sport weight yarn. I’m also doing two at a time from the toe up. So there are some conversions that will happen with that, but the biggest thing is getting to know my gauge. With the help of the Yarn Harlot’s book and this article from knitty I am going to give it a shot.