Hi, I'm Susan and I'm new to the list. I'm making the GAAA as a wedding gift for my daughter--aiming to get it done by Oct 10. I'm using Cascade 220, which I like a lot, and am on my fifth square (Selesnick). I've completed Adams, Berztiss, Levy, and Strong. [Can't post pictures yet, as I have to learn more about my digital camera first. :-) ]
I am loving knitting these patterns, but one thing is confusing me (well, more than one, but this one is really making me scratch my head). I've been using a size 8 needle for squares that recommend a 7, based on my gauge swatch. I supposed that I should just go up one needle size from the recommendation for each square. However, I got about 3 in. of the Adams square done using a 7 (Adams recommended a 6) and realized that no amount of blocking was going to get it close enough to 12" square, so I ripped it out and used an 8, and it turned out fine.
So I thought well, maybe maybe I should just go up two needle sizes, at least for heavily cabled squares. So I started the Selesnick square on a 10, which I saw was wa-ay too loose after a few rows, ripped it out and used a 9 (still too loose), and now I'm using an 8 (the recommended size), which looks as if it will work fine.
So it's looking to me like I should just use an 8 for most squares, unless there's something really unusual about the pattern (and how would I judge that?). Have the rest of you had experiences like mine, and what have you done about needle size? Do you have any hints to offer?
Thanks--this group is a great idea.