This got ripped back yesterday. I tried it on (please forgive the horrible bedhead and pj's - it was REALLY early) and found it didn't fit quite right.
And do you know why? Because in my 8 years of knitting, with a simple pattern, I have forgotten how to follow instructions. The good news is:
I've not only knit back what I had to rip out, but I've surpassed it. While I'm knitting the rest of the body, no matter how plain I THINK it is, no matter how simple, I'm watching and reading and re-reading the pattern until it's done. My stitch count is off a little, as is my row count, but that's mainly because I changed the neckline. I apparently am never quite happy with how a pattern is written, at least for big projects. I'll follow a pattern religiously for mitts, hats, scarves, lace...but give me a sweater that's supposed to be plain Jane simple and easy, and I'll screw it up every time.