Just a quick extra post - I knitted this on biggish needles, on a deadline to wear it to a wedding in August 2005 - and just started knitting from the middle back out, leaving a big U out at one side where I later picked up the sleeve, increased the lower edge lots ot make a drapey, wrappy tail, then picked back up from the beginning to do the other side the same (ish, of course I made no notes).