WIP Wednesday: Scrumbles and Gauge Issues

As I finished lots of projects last week, I could start something new. For months I have been meaning to knit a scrumble for the Pink Project started by Prudence Mapstone (ravelry link membership required). Finally I got inspiration from Nicky Epstein’s Signature Scarves book which arrived from Vogue books yesterday. I have used some of NE’s shapes before in freestyle knitting, and her oak leaf shape fits in very well:

Pink Scrumbles

I also started knitting the Fluttery Top from Classic Elite Yarns, only I am having gauge issues. I know very well that I am a loose knitter, so I checked my gauge by knitting a NunuYaya with the correct yarn (CEY’s Cotton Bam Boo) and decided that US 3 needles (3.00 mm) would work.

Eigth Petals on NunuMaya

Only it seems that working in the round on double points is different from back and forth knitting. I got almost to the end of the first sleeve when I decided that it was not going to work:

sleeve on larger needles

It is about 1.5 inches too wide and I adjusted the length to fit but it just looks loose. So I started a second sleeve using US 2 (2.50 mm) and holding the yarn twisted around my finger:

sleeve on smaller needles

It haven’t got as far but it looks much better. I do find this frustrating – I am currently three needle sizes smaller and holding the yarn tight to get the right gauge. I am almost at the stage of deciding that I have to just design my own patterns as I have to modify everything so much.

I am also considering a project break from knitting just to play and work on my gauge. I am also finding that I purl loose than I knit.  Weird or what?  I know knitting continental style is one reason that I knit so loose, but for me it is easier than the English throwing style I grew up knitting.  So I need to find a way to hold my yarn differently so that it is tighter or something. Any advice?