Ok.. I did a swatch, but this is why you should always knit a swatch AND wash and dry it.
Because THIS is supposed to be a size XL. NOT a 5X. It is SEVENTY inches around. It was supposed to be 45". :shock:
I knitted this for my sister for Christmas. I spent weeks on it. I struggled to get it finished by Christmas. And it was. She loved it. She took it home, and wore it a few times. Then she washed it. The yarn relaxed and the sweater grew to monstrous proportions.
This is also why I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever use Lion Brand chunky USA again. :doh:
You can see there are several lessons to be learned here.
However, it is a lovely plus sized sweater!