I divided the work onto 2 circ's so that I could put the sweater on my dress form. The dress form is very small (a junior size 4 or so) so the scoop neck is bigger scoop than it will be on me.
And the body length is shorter too (just 14 inches from center back neck to waist--(vs my actual body measurement of 18 inches!) ) The garter yoke is about 9 inches, and the pattern stitch body is also about 9 inches.. so 18 inches of 24 done. The second repeat of the stitch pattern is almost done, too.
It is hard to see the pattern in the mottled color of the yarn—here is an image of the pattern from the stitch pattern book (No, it is not a copy right violation to post a single image from a book) The book is: The New Knitting Stitch Library, by Lesley Stanfield, the stitch pattern is number 226. A comment suggested the stitch pattern looked feathered--and yes, it does. I like how it has a lot of garter, and pairs well with the yoke and front band, plus I like the ladder element (a strong vertical!)
I could can see the shape better (and I saw the pattern better) with sweater on the dress form. I am continuing with 4 rows a day, so the progress, is slow. But progress is being made!
My secret project is moving along too—It features a leaf motif (a perennial favorite of mine) and Part A (2 pieces) each needed 15 leaves. Part B will need at least 40 leaves, (20 right handed, and 20 left handed) and I have 10 of each at this point. So I am close to half done on Part B.