I obviously didn't make it in red ..... I thought steel grey would be nice for a change. A bit dull to knit with but I think I'll wear the finished product, which is always a bonus. I used Micro Cable from Elann, which is a slinky synthetic. I love the way it moves and that's why I used that rather than cotton, which I thought would be stiff. Plus it is machine washable. For blocking I just popped it in the washer and let it air dry and it's perfect. I used a larger button than called for and therefore made an I-cord loop rather than a button hole. If I were to make this again I would use a light wool (maybe superwash) and make it with long sleeves but have the sleeves echo the ribbing so they would flare.
The pattern is very well written. I especially like the short row shaping on the collar. It looks a bit wonky in the picture but it's really not uneven. It just got twisted up when I was taking the picture.
Excuse the extreme cleavage - I wouldn't wear it out that way, but I was in a hurry to get a picture.