These first pictures were right when the sweater was finished. As you can see, she is thrilled with it and for that I am happy. Otherwise, this sweater is not my favorite.
For whatever reason, the sleeves (the first time I finished the sweater) were too tight. I think fellow knitters had mentioned this on Ravelry, and although I had her try them on a couple of times, they were too small. After I knitted the yoke done is when I decided the sleeves were not going to work. At this point some of my kind and loving friends and family tried to convince me to weave in the ends and give it to my second daughter, then re-knit another for my oldest. But, well, the colors were those chosen by H and Z had picked out her own, and well, I just couldn't! So, I frogged and re-knit. Then I didn't like the yoke, which I changed around a few times and I still don't necessarily love it. I think the colors don't have enough contrast-but she LOVES it, and for that I am happy!
I picked up too many stitches for the bands, so it's a bit wavy. I was concerned about it pulling up too much from the bottom, so I over compensated. The buttons came from a place on line- I think it's called Cute as a Button. They have a wonderful selection, but I should have read the description better. I was very surprised to see that our chosen buttons were plastic! I thought they were going to be metal! But, my daughter said, "Oh Mom, they are like sparkly, shiny jewels down the front!" There you have it. She loves them, so for that I am happy.
The pattern was nice, except for the sleeve issue. I made the largest size sleeves for the 8-10 size sweater AND the 6-8 sweater I made for my second daughter. The yarn, Wool of the Andes from Knitpicks, was excellent. It was very forgiving even after being knit and re-knit several times! I like the colors and the feel of the yarn. I think it will hold up well.
Pattern: Drive Thru- Wendy Bernard
Mods: larger diameter sleeves- and I think I made the sleeves and the body longer
Yarn: Wool of the Andes
Rav link here