First off, I decided to frog my Dulce de Leche sweater in December. After the problem I had with Betty, I could tell that I was on the wrong track with DdL. But I loved the design and decided to try it again with a larger needle and a larger size. I finished knitting the body of the sweater recently, and it fits! But, if you look at the original photo and the modeled shots on Ravelry, you might notice that this has a pretty deep neckline.
This might not have bothered me a few years ago when I was a computer programmer, but now I'm a teacher who works with children who are about 3 1/2 feet tall. Necklines definitely need to be considered. Ahem.
So, what to do? I see several options here.
1. Rip out the front part of the sweater and re-do the neckline higher. This is my favorite option, I think. But then, do I continue the short rows to make the gathering at the placket? If I don't continue them, will it look dumb to have gathering on the lower part and straight on the upper part?
2. Rip out to the beginning of the placket and start over from there. This would take away the problems from #1, but that would mean taking out a lot more knitting. Also, I assume the short row shaping from the placket accommodates some bust fit issues, and taking them out might cause problems. If I rip back this far (about 3 inches before armhole shaping), I could basically make any sweater I wanted-- patterned yoke, seamless construction, etc. But I was looking forward to trying the sleeves as written, and I think I'd like to go ahead with that.
3. Stop worrying about it, and finish the sweater. I can always wear a shirt under it. Nope, I'm not going to do this. This option is mainly here to prevent getting this suggestion :) I think it's a hassle finding the right shirt to go under such a sweater, and it would be more likely that I don't wear the sweater as a result. Also, I want DdL to look like it fits me, not like I have to do something to make up for fit issues. The great thing about knitting is being able to modify projects to fit the intended recipient!
I think this might just depend on trial and error, starting with the first option, and moving to the second if I can't get the first one to work. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions?