It's a raglan with two button flaps, to get as many ladybugs on the sweater as is humanly possible. And whoa look how crooked that pocket is in the photo (I've since fixed it, I swear).
I looooooved knitting this sweater. I bought the yarn (Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky) without a real plan for the sweater, and swatched and knew I wanted lots of garter because it's oh so squishy, but wasn't sure what else to do. And then I found the buttons and it all became clear.
I'm trying not to give in too much to unreasonable Madelinetosh love (though the thousands of colorways! The machine-washableness! The pretty names of the colorways!) but this yarn made me swoon. It has just the right amount of twist, is very soft while feeling very durable, and is thick enough to feel substantial without feeling bulky. I want to make matching Owls for Willow and me with it when I'm all done with the book (you can tell I'm looking forward to the end when I start queueing projects).