The Coulomb, which appears here didn't involve much worry about tension and straight edges. All the edges were sewn in mattress stitch and that always sorts that out, or in the case of the eyes the edges were sewn over - hey presto and dodgy bits hidden. Of course the eyelash yarn (for the fluffy body) hides all sorts of sins, and remember to stocking stitch and use the purl side out (some call it reverse stocking stitch) for extra fluffiness.
Now the really really great thing about Shetland Lace is you don't have to worry about tension at all - it all self-corrects in the 'dressing', or washing-and-stretching-out-with-pins-until-it's-dry. Also with what are, essentially, fairly simple sets of yarn overs and knit togethers (just watch the counting, not something to be done when tired or after wine) you can produce some rather intricate designs. Here are some details from the white stole:
Back to the Naked Pirate - halfway through one of the sleeves for his coat. I keep being distracted, which basically means I'm not enjoying knitting the coat (never was much of a fan of garter stitch). Next time, I think I'll change the pattern.