Oh you are sooo right, Judy! This is a very interesting pattern! I love how the 'tree' follows along the same path as the raglan seamline! Very ingenious!
It looks like a perfect sweater pattern for a boy, too. I think you knit it for a boy, right? Well, I'll run right over to Rav and poke around in your project notes! I'm wondering if it's top-down, or bottom-up. I dislike top-down sweater knitting because I struggle with sizing from top-to-armpits. Bah.
Edited to add: I looked at your Rav project page. Thanks for the great tips! Why do you think this sweater had the sizing issues you mentioned? I think I'll knit this for my great-grandson, but I'd love to have an easier time by following closely in the path you've bushwacked for us!
Thanks for the tip about wrapping one of those purl stitches at the end of every round 'clockwise' instead of counter-clockwise to prevent the laddery effect.
Dollyce, I know you have scoped out everything I said on Ravelry and know the answers, probably, but for other people I'll post the answers. It is bottom up and made in one piece. No real seaming you just sew a tiny seam/hole in the armpits. Yes, I made this for a boy. It seems like the perfect pattern for a boy. No lace or anything girly but some interest so the knitter doesn't go insane. LOL It has kind of a medieval feel to it. Knightly.
I think most people were finding the sweater sized large. The picture on the pattern page that first caught my eye shows a tight sweater but Sarah redid the sizing to make it looser before she published it. Some folks just seem to size things large. I have a Debbie Bliss book that does this; and in the pictures the kids are swimming in the sweaters, stuff over their hands in arm length. The size 1 year for this sweater is supposed to be 25 inches around after blocking. My nearly 3 year old grandson is pretty normal sized and he is only about 20 inches in the chest. I suggest using another pattern to help with the lengths for this sweater or possibly Sweater Wizard if you have that, or if you have a kid to measure (or clothes that fit him) do it that way. I think the easiest way to make it fit a bit better would be to use a yarn with a little smaller gauge and then adjust the lengths of body and sleeves. But folks were still happy with the sweater who found it fit more like a dress.
It will fit (if you call that fit) longer made as given.