What the problem is not:
1. It's not the endless rows, 220 stitches strong each. The rows may be long but the needles are big (#9s). This knits up quickly.
2. It's not the mindless vine lace. Vine lace is one of those Gifts to Knitters. To the uninitiated it looks complex. To the rest of us, it looks like one easily-memorized row of *yo, ks, ssk, k2 tog, k2, yo, k1, separated by rows of straight purling.
3. It's not that so far it looks nothing like a cardigan and everything like an afghan.
What the problem is:
The little bar chart on the front of the pattern rates the skill level required as ...
(This is where we do that annoying hesitation before the reveal, like on the reality shows.)
To review: vine lace - on #9s. Cardigan/jacket body knit in one piece, sleeves knit separately and sewn in. The choices for skill level are: beginner, intermediate, experienced, and advanced.
Did you pick intermediate? If you did, we'd both be wrong.
And now for the big reveal. The little bar chart on the front of the pattern rates the skill level required as advanced.
Uh oh. I look at that sweater and I just don't see where the advanced set of skills come in. I study the pattern and I don't see it, either.
Is there a surprise lurking in a back alleyway of this pattern? Is it waiting to lunge? Waiting to howl, "Gotcha!"?