Haven't knit in 30 years.
I learned to knit in 1962 and still have all my needles and supplies. I want to get back into knitting and I decided to make a watch cap to see if the fingers still worked. A little arthritis, but pretty much OK. I didn't have a number 7, 16 inch circular needle and we have very few yarn stores in my area. I found a shop that carried bamboo needles and some fantastically expensive needles that looked like stainless steele. I bought the bamboo and started the pattern. I cast on to a size 8 needle as was my habit because I tended to tighten up when casting on. Previously, my gauge had always been OK once I switched to the proper sized needle. Anyway, I cast on with an 8 needle and then switched to the bamboo circular. Moving the stitches up the left side of the needle feels very tight and I am very careful to keep my knitting relaxed. I find I HATE the feel of the bamboo and, even worse, my gauge is off. The number of stitches per inch is supposed to be 4.5 and I am getting 5. However, I am getting almost twice the number of rows. The pattern called for worsted weight yarn and I am using Red Hart worsted, also says medium, 100% acrylic. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.