I went to knitting group Saturday morning with a different project. Betsy, a generous and kind woman in our group, brought gifts for us all. She had made up little kits from her stash yarn for everyone in our group - with no notion that I had been working on , she gifted me three balls of Rowan "Nice" cotton yarn, and a copy of her favorite baby sweater pattern:
Yep, the same one, what a coincidence! She gave me a lot of good advice, and also showed me a finished sweater done in the same yarn, so I was able to make sure I'd be making the right size.
Not to say that I may not try to alter a Zimmerman pattern ever again, but for now, I'm going to stitck with the way The Knitting Goddess wrote it!