It's finally finished--had to slow down a bit!! The horizontal/vertical stripes does work for the Tomten, did the sleeve decrease at the bottom and the sleeves are a 3/1 rib. I-cord finishes the neck and all around the sweater!!--great fun!! My conclusion to this experiment is that the Tomten pattern is extremely versatile, lending it's engineering to many stitches!! Thank you EZ--your genius stirs the creativity within us all!!