Well, I had a premonition but I didn't want to say anything. The neck looked a little too small, the sleeves a little funny, the chest not quite chesty enough. And (oh, shame) I had not swatched. I got about three inches into the body and had started inserting some desperate little increases when I noticed three little links on the Ravelry Shalom Cardigan page:
So I read the first one. How comforting that I am not alone. And the second one. Oh. My. That explains the weirdness of the sleeves and the tiny chest. Now I know I must try my sweater on, because I am certain that it will not fit. It doesn't. When I am done swearing, I begin frogging while I read the third set of tips.
What's this? A full schematic diagram, with a nod to Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears? How comforting -- I understand how EZ's seamless yoked sweater works -- maybe there is hope after all.
I go to bed with the sweater half-frogged, thinking about stitch counts and percentages.
This morning, I am following EZ's recommendation of measuring my favorite yoked sweater, and then I will try to work out how to translate her seamless yoked sweater directions into the top-down design of the Shalom cardigan. All bets are still on -- it's just that the challenge has become considerably more challenging. I'm going to believe I'm up to it!