Hey Newbies, Start with the Fronts!
Hey all you newbies -- I just wanted to pass along a piece of advice that Kate, the SCJ pattern author, shared with the knitalong early on. She said to start with the fronts, and knit the back last so that you could adjust the back to fit the length of the sides. Many people have found that their gauge is off, and have had to adjust the back to match it.
Read Kate's original message here.
And a follow-up here.