I'm so, so glad I re-knit this because the 34" has plenty of room and I'm much more comfortable with a little more length. In fact, it's the most comfortable sweater I think I have ever made, partly because the design is sort of like a sweatshirt and partly due to the yarn.
Roman Hills' Gissing in Don't Blink is so soft and wonderful. I guess it's the cashmere that gives it that extra touchable quality. I have only used a cashmere blend once before- on the sweater formerly known as my favorite.
When I say the sweater is like a sweatshirt, I only mean the color and comfort. The dropped stitch down the front and sleeves elevates it from comfy, raglan, sweater status to something more special.
My mods were minimal. I used needle sizes 1 and 3 to get gauge. I also reduced a few more stitches on the ribbing of the body and sleeves for a tighter fit.
Then, I knit an extra couple of inches to the body before dropping the stitch and knitting the ribbing because I must have a longer torso than other people. Now, Allyson did say that I could add an inch or two by blocking, but I'd already decided to go down a size, so I just knit it longer.
On the sleeves, I picked up two stitches at the bottom of the armhole before knitting around the held stitches. Once I knit around to one stitch before the two I picked up, I knit 2 together, placed marker, knit 2 together and knit around as usual. It just adds two stitches to that first round where there always seems to be a gap.
If I want the neckline to be wider or lower, I can always block it that way. It's not blocked here, because I never do that before taking pictures, but I feel like the size I chose will allow for some stretch/ growth if that happens.
So, this took me about a week to make, if you don't count the first try. It is good tv knitting. I watched the David Tennant Dr. Who episodes again because of the Don't Blink yarn. But I threw in a little Medium too. Now, excuse me while I go wear this forever.