I'm a loose knitter. After 15+ years of knitting, I pretty much just drop down one to two needle sizes. It kind of depends on what kind of yarn the project calls for, and just how important gauge is to the project. I'm in love with lacy shawls, and things like that, so gauge is not critical. I'm also kind of a lazy knitter, and avoid gauge with most things. Yep, didn't color in the lines either.