I am amazed and in love with using darts in knitting! Actually, I haven't had much experience until recently, and I wonder why you don't see it more often in patterns. They look great and I feel the increases and decreases follow the shape of the body better than the traditional increase/decrease along the side seam. It definitely suits certain styles and stitch patterns better, though. I find they give the knitted garment a wonderfully polished and tailored look.
Why this sudden need to proclaim my love? Well I was taking some shots of my progress on the Winsome proto and I am just so pleased with how it is coming along...including the darts. I am sure you know that feeling (or want to!), when the design idea in your head and the actual knitted piece are the same...no this could be different here or I should change that neckline, etc. It is exactly how I pictured it in my head and I couldn't be happier!
I hope to finish up this week, though my carpal tunnel is acting up a bit...I just have to be patient and not push it. While I am so excited about the prospect of this sweater, it is hotter than Hades out! It 100 degrees F here today with a heat index of 112, so I won't be wearing this anytime soon!