This pattern was almost done, when I decided to frog it to below the center motif.
My error was in carrying the lilac yarn all the way around. Looked terrible...bubbly, threads showing. So what I am trying now is only carry around on every fifth row (the lines where there are dots), and the rest I am going to have to weave in ends from the pieces of yarn I incorporate just in the front.
Hopefully this will work out well, and will be strong enough to withstand washings.
The Ivory sweater is the "Five-Hour Sweater". Something around the yoke bobbles does not look 100% to me.