Everything else about it is great, but I have to make it all over again. )-: I do have enough yarn that making a second attempt won't immediately require the frogging of this one, so that should help make sure I don't end up with a too small opening again.
To save face, I attempted another new (to me) technique. I have now manage to make a decent applied I-cord. I am happy to say that the I-cord did, in fact, work out. I've been designing a top-down pullover and I had to come up with something to make the front and back neck edges lay flat. The top isn't all the way done yet, I still have to do the I-cord on the back edge and weave in ends but this is how it looks so far.
It's a raglan with ribbing on the sides for interest and shaping. There is also ribbing on the sleeve cuffs. I'm lazy so not having to count to make a garment fit nicely is happy time for me. I like ribbing. This is a closeup of the I-cord edge. It's kinda hard to see, my camera has been giving me fits and never seems to take photos as nice as I think it should be able to manage.
Still, it is success of a sort, just tiny success. Hopefully things will go better with the sweater I'm trying to design. If I manage to do it it's going to be epic. In the mean time, I have yarn to make the Draped Lace Shell by Lien Ngo. I think I need comparatively easier lace than the Deneb bolero before I give it another go.