I did swatch the Rowan, and what do you know, my gauge turned out to be EXACTLY what they said it would be on the ball band. This is why I don't swatch - it either comes out to the exact recommended gauge, or it lies.
But whereas I said I would use my Sweater Wizard to design the sweater, turns out I only used it to see if there would be enough wool to complete the type of sweater I want. So I'm not using the software for the pattern, I'm doing what I always seem to do - getting a general idea of how many stitches to start, and going from there. I think I may do cables along the raglan increases for some textural interest, possibly some colourwork banding if the yarn I'm thinking of using has a similar enough gauge. I'll increase until the raglans are long enough, and the sweater fits over the girls. I will use less ease than I normally allow, as all my sweaters come out bigger than I want them. (A carry over from not liking sweaters that are too tight - but too tight, and nicely fitted are two different things - I just have to convince myself of this issue.
However, I'm still holding off starting this for two reasons:
1. I'm making great progress on my olive green rayon/cotton cardigan - I'm very close to completing the body, and then there's the sleeves and front band. I really love this yarn (Luna, from Elann, bought eons ago), and I'm pretty sure I have another bag of it, in black, somewhere.
I'd show pictures, but I've left my memory card reader at home, and can't download the pictures. Next week, I promise.
2. I'm actually rethinking what I'm going to make with this lovely lime-y green Rowan. Yesterday, I received my copy of the pattern for Elizabeth Zimmerman's Green Sweater, and after reading Brenda's account of how nicely it worked up, I checked the gauge, and the Rowan would work almost perfectly. Hmmm, same old raglan pullover, or nice new cardigan pattern...