I am a knotty knitter and did not knit a gauge swatch for my Knotty But Nice hat.
The first hat was, shall we say, a wee bit large.
Hey, I had nowhere to go, nothing to do, so I just cast on again, and about 24 hours later, I had a new, improved, Knotty but Nice hat!!!!
I figured out what I could do to make it smaller. I did the initial p2k2 in needles two sizes smaller, and I eliminated the 7 rows of ribbing after the chart. I also eliminated a couple of the rows while decreasing for the crown. I sure beat the hell out of that yarn + needles combination!!!
I was so overjoyed that I didn't want to take it off. I acted as though it was MY hat, in addition to being MY triumph.
Forgetting that I had, indeed, promised this hat to another.
Often, in our moments of supreme exhilaration and triumph, it becomes necessary to neglect the wretched and needy.
But I was nice, in the end, and took off the hat. I know it's his, and I know I can make one for myself if I really want to.
I even put it on top of his dresser for him.