Here are a couple of resources that might help with techniques used for Matilda Jane:
knittinghelp.com – they have videos for most of the things in the pattern, left and right slanting make 1 increases, the decreases, yarn overs, picking up sts etc.
the knitting fiend has great directions for paired lifted increases
Here in the studio, we are definitely feeling like it is sweater time. Some of us are still finishing up accessories from our holiday knitting, but we are excited about making sweaters and the workplace chat is full of links to Ravelry and other pattern sources with riffs on what yarn we could use and how we could adapt them.