Very impressive! Never fear. EZ inspires confidence in all of us. What's the worst that can happen? A little frogging? That would only result because you were just practicing.
Thank you! I agree, frogging isn't so bad, and now's the best time to make mistakes. I just tried on the piece, and it fits well so far. I wish I had made the body a few inches longer. I knew that adding more shaping to the sweater around the waist would increase the need for length, because you can't simply multiply your torso by the row-gauge--you also have to take into account how that fabric is going to conform to curves, making it need to be longer. But I just didn't add enough.
I'm using Shimmer only, not Shadow, so even though my stitch gauge was the same (6.25/inch) the row gauge has been around 10/inch. Actually the row gauge started out at 10, and now at the yoke, it's down to 8.3. There must be a lot of stretch from the weight of the fabric. I was only expecting it to be 9 based on another sweater that went through a similar gauge change.
The saddle shoulder is coming along great. So much simpler than I imagined. I've decided to throw another modification in there--shaping the neckline. I'm not too happy with some of the pictures I saw of the pointier junctions where the button band meets the neck band. I think shaping the neckline slightly deeper in the front would counter that pointiness. So I am starting to insert the neckband's turn row a little earlier just in the front, even before finishing the saddles. Then come the saddles for the saddle-shoulder, followed by raising the back neck, and finishing the neckline as usual.
Can't wait to see it finished.