I changed the sleeve cuffs and waistband from the pattern's written garter stitch border to a 1x1 rib, for 1 1/2 inches. I felt that the garter would stretch out and I wouldn't like that look. My loose bind off is the Stephen West preferred EZ bind off (k2tbl, move the st back to the left needle. Repeat to end). Love this look. My husband is just so excited about his new sweater. Cascade 220 was a pleasure to work with, made fabulous fabric and blocked beautifully!