Update & a few questions...
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The pattern states to make the sleeves 15.75" before starting cap shaping. Then shaping has you work for 5" then decrease every other row 7 times (total shaping would be about 7.75" + 15.75" = 23.5")
And, looking at the cardigan in the pattern, it's too short for my body type. The pattern states to work to 11.25" on the body, then work across and cast off for one underarm, work back sts, cast off for other underarm, and then working one front side at a time, to work decreases, then work until yoke measures 7", then to begin neck shaping for every row 8 times then every other row 4 times (16 rows) [ so 7" + 18 rows = just under 10" + 11.25" = 21.25").
My neck collar to just past my tail bone is 27".
My arm from shoulder to where I want the cuff to fall is 25".
...so, I was thinking should I work the sleeves to 18" before starting the cap shaping? or would this make the sleeves hugely too long?
...also, my favorite sweater measures 16" from the bottom to the underarm. Can/Should I increase this cardigan to 16" before starting the shaping?
Do these modifications sound like they will work?
Thank you for any help/advise.