Pure and simple, blocking is magic!
The Babies and Bears Sweater for Grownups, before blocking first, then after blocking, for each view.
I didn't get the exact row gauge in the garter stitch portion that I was supposed to. It was close, and in retrospect (hind sight is always 20/20 they say) I would have chosen the #10 needle instead of the #9. But it's wool, and all was OK.
Come to think of it, wool is a bit magical, isn't it?