The second reason I did a comprehensive swatch is that when I knit with hemp, my gauge tends to be more relaxed and I often have to go down a size from the recommended needle to obtain the correct gauge. For this swatch I began with a US11 and quickly realized the fabric was light at 11 stitches over four inches, but decided to try a US13, just to confirm it. I also tried a US10,5 and then a US10. I got 13 stitches over four inches with the US10. Correct gauge is 14 stitches over four inches, but I liked the cohesiveness and drape of the fabric produced with the US10. I decided to wash the swatch and re-measure. After washing, blocking and re-counting, The US10 had a gauge of 12.5 stitches over four inches, not gauge, but I like the fabric, I did not want it any denser. And my gauge sometimes changes once I am knitting large swaths of fabric.
The pattern begins with a cast on of 111 stitches and is worked flat for the first three inches. Time to kick back and knit.