And that's exactly what this is. All of those things. I bought the yarn the pattern called for because I was scared that not using it would somehow make the knitting gods frown at me and cause me to completely screw up this sweater. I wanted it to be just right because I loved it so very much. I even bought the same colors because nothing looked as perfect and perfectly awesome as the ones used in the pattern.
I also knit a swatch to determine my gauge and if you are aware of my knitting style at all you will know that I do not swatch because I am lazy and also too anxious to get started so I can be finished. But for this sweater I would have done almost anything.
My gauge was wonky, again, as it usually is. But I did some math and some figuring and realized that I could knit following the 34 3/4 inch instructions and end up with the 38 1/4 size. And so that's what I did. This caused the sweater to be quite a few inches longer than it was supposed to be, but in my mind that only makes the finished project better. Everyone knows that when it comes to sweaters - the longer, the better.
The sleeves I did a little differently than the pattern called for. I increased two stitches every 10 rows because I think they would have been too big otherwise.
I was so anxious to finish this sweater that I started it on Christmas Day and finished it on January 3rd - not counting blocking. That's a week and three days, which is some epic knitting. Luckily I was off work and we spent a lot of that time staying up too late watching True Detective so I had ample knitting time.
I stand by what I've been saying all along. Best sweater ever.
Pattern: Radius from Twist Collective Winter 2014
Yarn: Victory Yarns Amherst
Notes: Followed instructions for the 34 3/4 inch size but ended up with 38 1/4 inch sweater. Increased sleeves every 10 rows. Only cursed the extra, non-knitting crocheting instructions once, which isn't bad.
*Every sweater/shirt/dress should be required by law to have pockets because they make everything better and also my hands get cold and also again I need a place to put my phone.