This sweater is knitting up relatively quickly; I’m using a basic Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern from “The Opinionated Knitter”. I’ll knit the body up to the shoulders; right now I’m debating whether to sew and cut the armholes at the end or use a steek to make the armholes easier to define at the end. I’ve never used either technique, but I’m tending toward using the steek. I also will use a steek for the neck, as I want to have a conventional crew neck for the sweater.
For me, color pattern knitting seems easier and faster than single color knitting with cables and other patterns. I feel as if I have a canvas that I can see and create on, and I’m not tied to a strict interpretation of the pattern stitches. I’m using some of the patterns that Elizabeth suggests in her book (see link above); I really like the look of the double heart pattern that’s in the sweater already.