This wasn't supposed to be a lesson on gauge but it is!
The sock on the left and the black one on the right are both knit on 60 stitches.
I was sure I could 'feel' the right needle and in my haste to cast on the new Christmasy sock, I just knit away and loved the speed with which it grew!
I plugged away on the black sock and disliked the pattern up the side-boring and it slowed down the rhythm of the colored sock. It also felt tight and uncomfortable to do the knitting.
Under a bright light and with my analytical genes on high alert, I began to search out the disparity.
I knit the black sock on a size 2.00 needle.
The colored sock was knit with a 2.75 needle.
There was a single stitch per inch difference but that was very evident.
The fabric of each sock was also very unlike even though they were both out of the same yarn, Hawthorne fingering weight by KnitPicks.
I will have you know that I ripped out both socks and have them both on my favorite needle, a 2.5mm that has been determined not by my own handling but by measuring!
I have both socks knit almost to this point already and they are working out the same and now will actually fit and be comfortable!