Hey Karen! I was going to knit the same one...but backed out becuase the pattern seemed to be amibuous...or outright has errors. Anyway, i didn't feel like wrapping my mind around trying to figure out the errors or ambiguities...so I switched back to the TEMPTING. You know...you don't have to include the eyelet holes for the ribbon. You can ignore those directions and just keep knitting the rib plain.
Hi Bobi! My TEMPTING is for my daughter whose bust measures 37.5" at the fullest part. We elected to knit the 36". Otherwise, the sweater might be sloppy looking. And, the rib will stretch. The garment is supposed to have a fitted look. As for length...the pattern says for a size M...to knit the rib til it is 13" (I tnink)...then you begin the yoke and sleeves part. For you, having a longer torso...when you get to the "prescribed" length before starting the sleeves, etc...try to step into the garment and hold it up to just under your armpits...and see where the bottom edge hits you. If you want it longer...just keep knittin! This will take more yarn...so be aware of that.
Conversely...a woman who would want it to have a cropped appearance, just touching the top of your jeans or skirt...you can certainly stop your length before the required length! My daughter is only 5'2"...the model wearing the sweater is probably 5'5"...or taller...so...I may shorten my daughters sweater. I will just have to wait and see when I get there!
Yarn? I think I said earlier...I am using two strands of yarn held together, knit as one. I am using Rowan "Calmer" with Lara "Endless Summer". Calmer is a cotton blend, and Endless Summer is 100% fine combed cotton. Separately they are too skinny to be used alone. Together, they knit at the gauge required: 18 st = 4" in stocking stitch.
So when you are shopping for your yarn...first ask the clerk to steer you towards yarns that are your necessary GAUGE (18st=4") From there, you can pick and choose what blends (wool, cotton, silk, etc) and what color! FIRST RULE: choose yarns that are the right GAUGE.
I am using two yarns held together because I had them in my stash...and they happened to be the same color (cream)...and both were summery yarns (cottons)! It was a WIN-WIN! I am trying to use Stash every other project! In a perfect world...all my projects would use Stash til my Stash is Phffffft...Gone!!! But, as we yarn addicts know...that just ain't happenin'!!