Thank you all so much for your compliments. As far as the pattern - as long as it was divisible by four, all of those worked. I did a sampler purse once (http://www.frugalhaus.com/homepage/spurse.htm), so I just sort of did those stitches. Though this was knit flat, it sure could have been circular. But I think the sleeves were easier to put in because it was flat.
The bear is going to have to give the sweater up and go back to her usual "Chef Cindy" outfit come May.