My Loppem is finished! You were all right - this was just a wee diversion, not really even a cardigan at all!
I love how quickly things can knit up. Sometimes all the knitting gods just align, don't they?
In this case, the combination of 12ply wool and 5mm needles, along with a garment knit entirely in one piece (hello, no seaming!) and the fact that this wool spit-splices like a champion (yes, no ends to weave in - woot!) meant an all-round stellar knit in the fast category.
However, this is a Norah Gaughan/Berroco pattern, so what's the first things one does?
Check the errata. I don't know who proof reads for Berroco, but bloody hell, why do they always end up with so many errata? Loppem has two pages, one being the charts.
The second thing one must do is read through the pattern to spot the tricky bits. You know, the "Knit in pattern as established until garment measures 14" from beginning, blah blah, etc and etc, and oh yeah, AT THE SAME TIME, decrease 5 stitches every 1 1/2 ", can ya?"
I added an inch to the body length, and I'm glad I did. In hindsight, I probably would have like to have added even another inch still - it's quite short.
I'd read a few people said they moved the buttonholes, and when I was doing them I debated it but ultimately thought they'd be ok. I thought people were talking about the spacing vertically, so couldn't see the problem. Too late I realised it was the horizontal placement that had people curious.
Where they sit now means the garter stitch border flaps around a bit, which I don't like. I think I'm going to move the buttons to the centre of the garter stitch and sew press studs underneath instead.
On the upside, I was rather pleased with my buttons - more from the stash, and a good match I think? I only had two of these, so it did seem a match meant to be...
All in all, I think she is a good knit, though. It's just my sort of garment - good for layers, not too heavy, and I love the colour.
Oh, and I still have 175g of yarn left? How awesome is that?!