This is the third time I have knitted this garment! first, I used another pattern in the same book, but it was a complicated, over 3 row pattern and it was using up wool fast. So I unpicked the bit I had done and restarted a new pattern. Yes, I finished the second one, sewed it up and everything. But it was HUGE....I am usually a size 16 or 18, and I knitted the L (for large) size. My tension was even a bit tighter than the pattern, but I forged ahead thinking if it was too small I could always diet :-)
But once on, it was like a jacket, large baggy sleeves, bulky at the back and not good! so I methodically unpicked the whole thing, rewound the wool and started again. This time I had my previous one to measure from, and I worked out I needed to knit the S (for small) size! never before have I been a 8-10, since I was about 12yrs of age.
Well, I also reshaped the sleeves, because even the small size started with the same amount (50 stchs) which would mean the sleeves would still be way too baggy. I fudged it and started with 38 stchs, then gradually worked my way up to the same size armhole. A tip from my sister, knit both the sleeves at the same time, then if you make a mistake you make it on both...and they will match.
I am pretty pleased with this! it looks great and is exactly how I imagined it would be