This was my first attempt at knitting a sweater without using a pattern. I had some ideas, drew them out, knitted some test stitches, took measurements and then started knitting the actual garment itself. The Before picture is the first “prototype” and the upper arms came out a little too snug despite my taking measurements off an actual shirt that fit her and careful calculation of stitches against the gauge. The After picture shows the final finished project (I think it’s better, don’t you?) which resulted from multiple adjustments to the top halves of the front and the back, neck, and sleeves spanning over a period of 2 months after the first version was completed. I think I still have a lot to learn.