Anyone who knows me knows that I will have opinions on how to proceed and will have made changes. I am actually quite incapable of following a pattern or a recipe or pretty much directions of any kind exactly as they are written and so....a list of my mods on the Sweetheart Cardigan.
I always make the sleeves first on any sweater I am making no matter what the pattern says. This is because I like the reassurance of having a larger "swatch" then the little stitch gauge square that I always knit up and a sleeve makes an excellent large swatch to check for how the yarn works up, do you really like the color, how does it drape, etc.
I used the turned edge in the photo below rather than the ribbing.
I added some back waist shaping because that suits my particular body. I knit the two fronts and the back simultaneously so I wouldn't have side seams. And I added pockets because I really, really need pockets.
It was a fast, soothing and pleasant knit. Love the yarn, love the pattern, love the Peacefleece company.