Originally Posted by jet
short knitwear bugs the shit out of me
You also live in SoCal, where it is a top layer. If you lived in a cooler place, shorter knitwear makes it a lot more versatile for layering actual jackets (not just a vest or something) over. Anyway, the Stark is meant to be fitted. Not all knitwear is, but that piece definitely is meant to be fitted. The measurements, even for the older cardigans, clearly show this. They are also not meant to be super long. Not really short, but not super long. If you ever met the SNS Herning guys, you'd probably get a better sense of this. Excepting one guy, they are Scandinavian tall, and none of the sweaters are actually long on them. And most of the knitwear is worn fitted, particularly the underplank/etc... stuff. The Stark is supposed to be longer, but more like a short jacket, than anything else. On those guys, they hit below the belt line, but don't cover, say, your jeans pockets. And the things stretch like crazy, especially if you wear them a fair bit (i.e. not like jet).
I would base your size on how well the shoulders fit. They look sloppy with dropped shoulders, but you don't want the shoulders too tight either.