Well, you guessed it! Rip rip rip. The yarn is a bit too thick to pull off the change in rib. I think a lighter weight yarn would work better, but this yarn was too heavy to pull it off.
I tried a bunch of other stitch patterns and ideas but ripped all those out too. The only part of the front I liked was the plain stockinette. Well, that’s not too exciting. I’m not surprised because the sweaters I actually wear are pretty plain.
Okay, back to the drawing board. I’ll try a top down raglan in plain stockinette and see how that works for me. I’ll still try for a deep V-neck though to mitigate some of the boring.