I can't begin to describe the numerous mistakes I made in attempting this Tomten for my daughter but I will try and put it succinctly: bad yarn choice (do not use fine light yarn to knit sturdy sweater jacket for active toddler), got wild and decided to take EZ's advice and do my own thing (basically changed the proportions of the pattern to get right gauge--not a good idea as now I have right gauge width-wise but not length-wise), and now have a huge mystery hole where arm and jacket meet (I KNOW this has something to do with how I picked up the stitches around the armhole but for the life of me I could not fix it and I tried three times).
So I put this one aside for several weeks and started a new one for my son (see other post). Now after giving it a good rest and thinking on it, I've come to the conclusion that I must take it apart--an agonizing decision as I am definitely one of the slowest knitters on the planet and coming this far on any garment is a real achievement for me. But I know this is beautiful, quality yarn and would probably make a much better scarf or hat. Any advice or comments are welcome.
I tried to post a photo of the big hole at the arm but I couldn't get blogger to cooperate. Update: I was able to post a photo of the hole--any advice or comments are welcome.