I know I should. But every time I've done so, and compared to straight knitting, it's identical -- or within 1/4 stitch over 4".
(not yet blocked, sorry — too eager to take pix!)
So when this sock started looking ginormous, I thought, okay, it's a judgement on me for not swatching properly. And I measured it in situ. To my surprise, my gauge was RIGHT ON. I checked a few different areas of the sock, too. All got gauge.
The sock fits, in fact... and I like the arrowhead lace with the variegated yarn. Gives it some interest.
The heel, however, is a bit on the large side.
No row gauge was specified. But honestly, I think different heels fit different people. I wanted to try this type of heel, which I hadn't yet tried ("Half Handkerchief"). And it was interesting to knit. However, I think my narrow heels are just too shrimpy for it. And that is okay.
The pattern was well written, and totally fun. Can't wait to start the second sock!
Don't I have a nice leg? er, I mean sock?
The sock is super-thick and destined for skiing or being a house sock. Mmmmm, so soft.