I tried creating one of these a year or so ago and ended up frogging the entire thing. Following the pattern exactly, and this is why I think the patterns are free, ended up with a project way, WAY too big. Like it was dragging on the ground and I still had many rounds to go on it.
I am doing it again with some changes. Lion Brand Mandala yarn, 3.75 hook. No extra V stitch rows, no extra sleeve DC rows. Variation on the inner order because I hate doing those shell stitches. And, I may put actual sleeves on it.