The Sandy Cardigan was a fun knit and the result fits great! I'd recommend it to any big girl with a big calculator.
I'd read online that people weren't happy with the fit of this sweater and I think I understand why. There are some rather complicated numbers to crunch for this baby. She was a head-scratcher for sure. I had to read the pattern through several times to get the gist of what was going on. Plus, there's the errata to follow.
The other thing I did was to knit this a little tighter then the recommended gauge. I'm assuming that the garter stitch will stretch out. It's a safer bet than hoping it won't. I have less ease than the pattern called for too.
There are some really clever moments in the pattern. I particularly enjoyed the sleeve cap shaping and the neck, where short rows are used to good advantage.
I loved working with the purple acrylic. It's soft, has a lovely heathered tone, and it behaved well during the knitting (which you know the Noro didn't). It looks great in garter stitch!
My mom made me the ceramic buttons and we're both very pleased. She's happy to get a request and I'm happy with how they turned out. They've got embossed flowers, and two shades of purple on them. Thanks Mom!