Once I had split for working the front and back I was able to try it on and determine that it will not be too big on me. This also provided motivation for finishing. I really enjoyed working the top shaping for the arms and neck because it felt like I was finally making real progress. My size selection was something of an experiment. I have broad shoulders and often have issues getting a good fit with sweaters with set in sleeves, which is one reason why I like to knit raglans, but I also like the tailored appearance of set in sleeves. The problem I run into is getting a fit in the shoulders that doesn't make the sweater too big everywhere else. This pattern already called for a fair bit of positive ease in the fit, and the yarn is fairly light weight (labeled a sport weight in the Ravelry database) and I'm knitting on US 4 (3.5 mm) needles so the fabric is not heavy. In fact, when you block the knitting it becomes very light and drapey and is easily distorted, so it requires a gently touch.
I modified the pattern to knit in the round - my usual method to avoid seaming. I'll also knit the sleeves in the round. They are done in an all over lace pattern, but the motif is only a 9 row, 8-stitch repeat that looks like it will be easy to memorize. Once I finish this one, I have the same yarn in scarlet to do another. When I ordered the yarn from Elann.com I bought the yellow because I thought it would show the lace pattern better than a darker yarn (the model is knit in dark purple, but unfortunately they didn't have that color on the Elann.com web site). After I got the yellow I decided that I really wanted one in red, so I went back and ordered more yarn. I also have the yarn for two more patterns from this pattern book.
Pattern: Ladies Sweater - 1838 from Moments No. 005
Yarn: SMC Select Extra Soft Merino Fino
Needles: US 2.5 (3.0 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)