Whew! No sweater directions have ever given me more difficulty. I couldn't tell what to do when or how, and it was such a simple sweater, too--raglan sleeves with a hood. No frills.
What's so strange is that the instructions were fairly detailed, completely unlike some of the Elizabeth Zimmermann patterns I love and have knitted quite successfully. It's not like I'm new to knitting, either. I guess I'll never know what the problem was.
Despite the many hiccups along the way, it's exactly what M requested. He picked the yarn and everything. I love that M promptly threw it on and pulled the hood up over his head. It was only 85 today. Definitely sweater weather.
yarn: Cascade 220 in Lichen (I think)
pocket and neck Knit Picks WotA in Bittersweet Heather
needles: size 7