The Puff-Sleeved Cardigan is proceeding much more smoothly since the last post. I ripped out 6" to above the sleeve divide and started reknitting in 2 sizes down (was the 40", now the 36"). With my gauge, the 36" is the perfect size for the snug fit I want. At the time of this post, I only have 6 more rows left to knit for the body and then I can move onto the sleeves and button band. Gosh, do I love knitting on road trips!
Because of the change in pattern size and the size of my torso, I have also made some mods to the pattern. I added one more set of decreases during the waist shaping to eliminate the 8 extra stitches between the 40" and 36" sizes. After the waist shaping, I added a few more rows of stockinette to make sure that the ridge motif hits my natural waist. I should have added another 2 rows of stockinette after the ridges, because the YO's in the peplum pattern look odd right after the ridges. I don't feel like ripping out 20 more rows, so I think I can live with this.
Things are going well, and I am really hoping to finish knitting and seaming this sweater before the wedding!