On Saturday evening, I started swatching for this. The pattern starts at the collar and is worked down. The gauge is swatched in stockinette.
Which I did. I knitted a serious swatch, starting with size 9's because I am a super loose knitter. But, in this case, I had to jump up several needle sizes. That just never happens. Finally, I got gauge on a size 11. 1/2 size larger than recommended needle and that is something I never do.
Fast forward to yesterday, I cast on with my size 11 needle, started the collar. Whoa! The collar was larger than what I would have needed for 1/2 a body. I went back to my size 9 and finally am now semi-comfortable with a size 7. What the heck!?
I now have a collar that is closer to what it should be. I wish you could feel this yarn. It is so soft, I am so going to love wearing this sweater!