I confess I don't love the name of this sweater, but that doesn't matter because I love wearing it.
The sleeve drama was short lived and after a soak in some Soak and a few tense moments when it appeared that I had made a queen-sized blanket instead of a pullover, I had myself a new sweater. Just so you know, Zara is superwash, and while the label says not to machine dry it, you gotta or else the thing stretches to magnificent proportions (just be sure to dry on low and watch it to sure you get the size right.
I know a lot of you love this sweater, but are a bit leery about the neckline. It's a toughie. I have the same ambivalence about it. I prefer to wear something underneath my sweaters (even one as soft as this) because I'm a sweaty kind of girl and I don't want to have to wash a sweater every time I wear it. A regular crew neck tee looks like ass underneath this sweater, so the hunt is on for a very wide scoop neck, or I will just cut the neck out of an old one I have around here.
Undergarment issues aside, I did find that the neckline did stretch as the day went on. I can see two solutions.
1. There is no reason why one cannot start with less stitches the neckline and essentially add a few rows to make the neckline narrower. I had to add some rows before dividing for the armholes, so there's some play in there and it won't spoil the overall look of the design. The thing with this option is that you have to decide to do this before you start.
2. My solution is an after-the-fact one. At Lorelei's suggestion, I crocheted a chain stitch with a 3.5mm hook around the neckline, making my stitches a smidge tighter. It didn't change the look and now I have a nice, solid feeling neckline that shouldn't move too much. If I find it's not quite right, it's less than 10 minutes work to zip it off and do it again. And as you can see, it looks pretty much like the cast-on edge.
My modelled photos were taken before the crocheting, and the difference isn't all that much to the overall look, but it feels more secure on my shoulders.
All in all this was a well written pattern for a very nice sweater.