I should back up and give a tad of backround. I have knit one full sweater, back in college when I was a rather new knitter. I don't remember ever having issues with the fabric being uneven. I don't recall ever struggling to work with stranded techniques. My first sweater included a strip of colorwork that I designed myself, and I think it came out nicely. Now the real problem was this: I didn't know how to form a proper knit stitch. Every single stitch was twisted, being worked in the round and apparently wrapped wrong. The result? The sweater sways on a bias, kinda tornado-ing around my body. I also had no concept of clothing construction, so I just went straight up, split into frond and back panels, and sewed the sleeves on at a wonderful ninety-degree angle. I didn't even know I had done anything wrong! That was, I believe, close to seven or eight years ago. I never thought of frogging.
My next sweater was a simple v-neck vest, also done in the round. (I believe this was a slight modification from working the front and back in seperate panels.) It seemed nice enough until I seamed the shoulders and tried it on. I was missing a few inches in the torso. Now, I could have ripped back. But I really didn't want to do that, especially in Malabrigo. So, I am proud to say that I successfully (and painstakingly) snipped in the middle of the torso, picked up the stitches, knit a few more inches, and grafted it back together. You can't tell a thing! Great. No frogging for that process. So the arm and neck holes are bound off to tightly. Some day I will rip them out and redo them. Then I will felt it just a tad, since I don't like how baggy the vest looks.
Now that I am determined to break the barrier that keeps sweaters as a mystery, I am hitting my head against a wall. The body seems like it might be a touch baggy. I'm hoping to get some pointers for how to take it in a bit. The sleeves, though, are the problems. I knit up to the elbows, two at a time, and realized (thanks Ryan!) that they are too tight. Yeah, I knew it, but I didn't want to admit that I would have to frog them. I ripped one out, and reknit past that point. A couple times. One thing after another. Long story kept from getting much longer, I think I'm in the home stretch with sleeve #1. The fabric looks like lumpy oatmeal. I was thinking of calling myself Willy Wonky. I must admit that I committed the unpardonable sin and attempted to learn continental style knitting while working on this sleeve. This has now been rectified, and while I am continuing to use a modified continental style on my Daybreak shawl, I will finish this sweater the way I have been knitting all these years. And I will love myself for it. May the plague of frogs be done!