I have started another sweater. I modified a pattern for the first time. The ideas came from Sally Melville's "The Purl Stitch." The shape came from the cardigan, and the "fabric" came from the coat. I even picked the same yarn as she used in the coat. I thought the fabric in the coat was gorgeous, but the long length and A-line style of the coat were a bit too fancy for me. After all, if I can't wear it to work, where would I wear it? We are "business casual" at the office...
I have about six inches of the back done. The picture shows the swatchs. The left swatch is made with the needles Sally used (8 and 10), and the right was the closest I got to gauge (9 and 10.5). The rows where I'm pointing are "stockinette" rows on the larger needles. I made the stitch gauge but not the row gauge. That is OK, because I had to re-draft the pattern to the new gauge, anyway. (Sally's cardigan uses much smaller gauge with cotton yarn.) So, I drew out the shapes for the cardigan in my size and recalculated the number of stitches and rows given the results I got in my gauge swatch. Neat!