I realized after finishing the back, that while my stitch gauge is dead on, my row gauge is way off. Like, the back is a good inch longer than it should be (more if I measure it holding it up). This wasn't apparent when I did my swatch. For now, since at this point I've finished half the front as well, I'm just going to press on with the pattern exactly as written. If the sweater looks horrible, I can write it off as practice--cause the baby it's for isn't due until July. :)
That said, any idea how I can fix my gauge? Changing needle sizes would just mess up my stitch gauge. Is there another way? Or am I doomed to just try and alter every pattern I try and make where row gauge is important?
I should mention, this is only my second attempt at a sweater. The first attempt looked a little weirdly proportioned too--I'm betting I had the same problem then as well.