It has been awhile since I posted! I have joined up the sweater at the armholes - aren't those first few rows on a yoke sweater always awkward to get around! I liked what 'Spinning Jenny' on Ravelry did by raising the neckline, but I wanted it higher than level with the underarms. So I rejoined my yarns at the center front like the pattern said, intending to knit the band of crosshatch and then set my neck steek.
That was a dumb thing to do. It put the 'jog' between rows in the center front. After 6 rows I realized I just could not do that. I ran a size 1 circular into the gold joining row as a 'lifeline' and ripped back, tinked the joining row but left all the parts on the needle, then joined my yarn again at the left back raglan line and started again. Much better. I am going to set the center steek after I knit the solid gold row above the crosshatching.
Here is how it looked on Sunday right before I resigned myself to ripping back to the join.
I am happy with the way the colors are working out, but I do enjoy seeing other color schemes that people are devising, and I would love to try that myself someday.