I only had to make 3 gauge swatches to get the right size needles! Yay!
I finished the collar, shoulder saddles, and a bunch of the yoke of said sweater! Yay!
I realized I have been purling wrong my entire life. Uhmm... how did I not know this before? How have a been doing something soooo basic completely wrong for over 10 years?! Somewhere along the way I learned how to compensate for it so my stitches didn't get twisted, but I honestly thought that's just how you did it.
Unfortunately, for the pattern I'm doing my compensating skills just weren't cutting it and I knew something was wrong but I had no idea it was my purling! Boy did my face go red when I realized what it was. Basically instead of pulling the yarn up and over my right needle, I have been bringing it up between the needles from below and you could really notice it on the tops of the shoulders and shoulder increases.
I thought I would be able to live with the way the sweater was turning out and just continue on while doing it correctly, but then I decided I would be super unhappy with the finished project so I frogged it and am restarting. 3 days, down the drain.
Seriously, purling?! Ughhf.