Don't get me wrong, I love this sweater, but this has been a work in progress for FIFTEEN years. It is a simple crewneck sweater that I started back in 1995 when I was learning how to knit (self taught). The first version was dark blue and I quit when the pattern told me to decrease, I figured it was too hard. Once I learned that decreasing was easy, I picked it up again but then couldn't find the rest of the yarn (several house moves later). I found a lovely sage green and started again. I was nearing completion of the back of the sweater (the first piece), when I had to face the cold hard facts, and believe me I TRIED to ignore them. My size is muy largo, but this sweater was looking like it could fit an elephant. "Gosh, were they really serious about all those admonitions to check the gauge?" So I finally checked the gauge and yeah, it was a little off. Started all over again and THEN noticed I didn't have all the same dye lot and the color change was very evident. Enter cute cherry color that you see now, and I am almost done with the back piece. This sweater, my first sweater, is on my bucket list. I will complete this sweater, even if it takes me another 15 years!