My favorite part of this image is the zipper in the lower right. How does a 10yo boy manage to get his jacket zipper into a photo?
Let's just consider it arty, and move on.
Second favorite thing? Yeah, it's DONE. And, for the first time in four handmade sweaters, I like it enough to wear it. I'm taking it to work today, it dresses up a dressy tee and cords enough to call the outfit work attire.
I fixed the edging by doing one row slip stitch, one row single crochet and finally the one row pattern. Not perfect, but nice. I'm still struggling with the button and actually have the sweater safety pinned here. Whatever.
The cotton blend for The Purple Sweater shrinks somewhere between a whole bunch and a lot. About 20%. I fussed with the math, knitted the neck, ripped, figured out a better calculation, got about 20 rows in and realized I'd screwed up the (incredibly simple) yo pattern, so will rip again tonight and try, try again.
A big shout out to Stefaneener, who taught me by example that it's a Really Good Idea to try the neckline out on the intended wearer before getting to the shoulders. That trick helped me adjust things nicely.