Good grief, did Alistair's Cloak take a bit of knitting!
It was a large item; one and a half 100g balls of wool. It was also complicated in pattern.
The scoop at the back was a fairly simple number of turn rows. The book suggested using stitch markers; indeed they were very helpful in keeping track.
Then the front edgings were slipped on to stitch holders (or kept on the needles, as I did). They were then joined back to the main body of knitting just below the armholes. The rest of the cloak has been shaped gradually into the waist in the meantime.
The knitting was then divided into three again up to the shoulders, where most was cast off, and the collar extended to its centre back seam.
Looking at the cloak now, I think some more stars are in order, but as I am sick of the cloak at present, they can wait until the hat is done.
And that's the next task....
All cast on and ready to go.