SO here is the final sweater. I am happy with how it turned out - especially since it's the first non square thing I have made and it's only my 3rd project ever (well 4th if you count the wonky scarf I tried to make a year ago - I'm not ). Lucky I have lots of seasoned knitters at Stitch N Bitch to help me!
Fancy things I learned:
- knitting in the round
- binding off (check out that button hole!)
- picking up stitches