I'm a sucker for a good vest and this one is already a favorite. I love the fabric that was created with the textured stitch pattern and the thick ribbing at the hem, neck and sleeves. The pattern was well-written and easy to follow. I did do a tubular cast-on for the front and the back, but did a regular cast-off for the sleeve and neck ribbing. I'd definitely recommend this project for an intermediate knitter. I made no modifications to the sweater and it fits perfectly!