Before I go on further re the wonders of Balzane yarn and how much I love knitting this cute little preppy sweater, let me just say this: I'm not sure I like the neck decreases as instructed by the pattern and as featured in the photo above. As a matter of fact, I was unsure while I was doing them, but I still knit on grudgingly while I said to myself, "Don't like it. Should do the decreases another way. Uh-uh. Just. Don't. Like it." Usually I rip back before finishing and try something else, but this time I knit on through, perhaps with the false hope that once I finished the shaping I'd miraculously like it. Well, I don't. And once I get over the shock from learning that Schwarzy* is now governor of what used to be my home state and stop wondering who in the hell voted him into that position, I think I'll rip out the neck and redo it another way. For pete's sake.
On another note, you might notice that the shoulder stitches are still open. Mostly because I had a feeling I'd be ripping out and redoing the neck, and also because I might be doing a three-needle bind off (my preferred method of joining shoulder seams) for the shoulders. I'm still undecided as to how I'll seam the shoulders for this sweater, but I'm probably going to bind off and join using backstitch. Sometimes with ribbon yarns I prefer to bind off shoulder stitches and sew them together, because I notice that the stitches at the shoulders of garments knit in ribbon yarns stretch more when joined using the three-needle bind off.
Quick tip: I have all kinds of stitch holders, but I never use them because I've discovered that they stretch out stitches during blocking, or if the stitches are left on them too long. I like to use waste yarn, either in the same gauge or at a lesser gauge than the yarn I'm using for the garment. When it comes time to place stitches on stitch holders, I simply thread an embroidery needle with my waste yarn, and pull it through the stitches while I take them off the needle. Then I tie the ends of the waste yarn into a bow or loose knot. Voilą. DIY stitch holders