Never let it be said that I don't carry a theme beyond its logical conclusion. The slipped stitch hem is so lovely, if I do say so myself, that incorporating that reverse stockinette contrast elsewhere required no brain power at all.
A very short six rows of stockinette around the v-neck just happen to roll into a reverse stockinette neckline that matches perfectly with the hem theme. Adding in this contrast yarn in a very casual style has turned the raglan pullover into a casual top. That is exactly what my goal was from the beginning. A casual, wear anytime, Springtime cotton pullover. I must admit, that when the whole thing was very solid jade, it had a tendency to want to go dressy. It was begging for a leather flower embellishment or a bit a sparkle filling up the neckline.
And speaking of blocking, do you notice the extreme change in row gauge when I moved from back & forth to in the round (after the v-neck join)? It is almost as stark in person as in the photos. [insert huge sigh here]