After plenty of ripping and re-doing, I did indeed finish this sweater for my son for Christmas. Since I had not finished the second one by then, I labeled it for both the boys and told them to fight over it. I had no idea that either one of them would actually wear something I had made for them, but I was in for a nice surprise! Older boy put it on and wore it quite a lot already! Gotten lots of compliments on it! Maybe it was worth it after all. Now, if I can just get the other one done…I don’t think I have enough yarn…ugh.