That's a cute cardi. I might try it since the pattern was written with a size big enough for moi even. I need extra room up front in my sweaters but the pattern might allow for enough ease that I could skip short rows for once in my life. Have you seen Amy's Knitting one-row button holes video? It really is easy to follow if you've not done buttonholes like this before. Last night when I tried it I decided I want to use them.
I've done the eyelet style (yo, k2tog) buttonholes before and can use them. I think trying to do the horizontal ones knitting the bands as I plan to do would make for too many loose ends. I'm not knitting the bands then seaming them on to avoid seaming and as many loose ends as possible. The ideas here are interesting and might be useful in another project, another time. I love that new ideas come out in these threads and help me think about things in a different way.
I'm considering how to do the pockets. I'm working bottom up, no side seams, and think I'll do the kangaroo style pockets; I have to decide before I finish the 3x1 ribbing for the bottom (it didn't curl on my swatch, will it when it's actually a sweater bottom?) because I'll do the slip stitch double knitting thing to make the pockets as I go up. I'm also wanting to incorporate a little bit of something other than stockinette in the front and I'm thinking a few sets of simple slip stitch might be what I'll do.