Is it odd for a designer to make modifications to their own design? Naa, not really. I might change my mind about something, or as in this case, my alterations to the pattern are personal and I think the original is more universal. Let me know if you agree or not.
Last post I talked about my yarn switch, high neck and choosing a most oversized size.
In the meantime, I've made a few more personal choices:
1. Narrow sleeves (compared to the body size) - I like an oversized sweater to be balanced off by narrow sleeves. I decided to take 8 sts off of each sleeve by omitting increases (fairly) evenly as I worked from the neck to the underarm. I didn't do any recalculating about placement. I just left out every other increase on each end of the sleeve 4 times somewhere in the middle.
2. Sleeves worked back and forth - when got to the sleeves I didn't feel like digging up my double pointed needles or wrangling 2 circulars at once (and magic loop isn't my favorite). I added a stitch at each end when I was picking up for the underarm and worked the sleeve flat. It leaves me with a really easy seam. I don't mind seaming with mattress stitch, especially with a plain st st edge.
Next up...blocking and photos of my Akita on me. I wish I was going to have it ready for my teaching trip to Mohonk this weekend, but I have to much else to do before then. (sigh)