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Knitting pattern for Men's cardigan with Shawl Collar, Where can I find this?

I have been looking everywhere online to find a knitting pattern for a really nice, button up, Cardigan sweater with a shawl collar for men to make for myself.  I want to find one that has a variety of stitch patterns and cabling, a lot like what you might find in Ireland.  I don't like pull over sweaters at all, as I tend to get too hot in them.  I want this sweater to act as a light jacket in place of a bulky over coat.  I am just about ready to pull my hair out trying to find such a pattern.  

The most curious part of my searching has revealed to me that there is precious little out there for men at all!  That is really surprising, as women have typically knitted things  for the men in their lives, but there is almost nothing available for men.  Of course, I have come across a few nice patterns for men, but I haven't been able to find a button up cardigan with a shawl, type collar, ( some people call it a roll down or flip down collar. )  I was even surprised to find that KnitPicks didn't even offer sock sizing charts for men in the kits that they offer!  It's even hard to find SOCK patterns that will give men's sizing!  That is SAD!  

If anyone could direct me to a source, a book, a pattern, any type of hint at where else to look to find this type of sweater pattern would be tremendously wonderful for me!  I'm thinking of trying my local library, as I have already checked out my local craft stores for such a pattern to no avail, but other than that, I'm out of ideas.  

Please, can someone help me?

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Comment by Jenny on November 12, 2012 at 12:23pm

For stitch libraries, I really like Vogue Stitchionary books. They have a whole series where each book focuses on a different style of knitting. They have stitch library books on knit/purl patterns, lace, color work, and even edgings.

Also, you can't go wrong with any stitch dictionaries from Barbara Walker. She is amazing and her books are filled with pages of inspiration :)

Comment by Tracy L. Shook on November 8, 2012 at 11:47am

Oh, THANK YOU, Jenny, for the links and suggestions!  I'm still a baby knitter, as I have only been at it for a few weeks, but I am catching on so fast, that I am truly ready for some more advanced projects.  I learned to crotchet in the first grade, and have been at it, and even rearranging and creating my own patterns with crotchet, so knitting just seemed to almost naturally follow.  I just got my interchangeable knitting needles a couple of weeks ago, the nickle plated ones, and LOVE them!  I just placed an order today for some dpn's and some feather weight and lace yarns to play around with and even do some socks.  I couldn't resist the sale!  I am definitely going to check out your links, and will probably, as you suggested, end up adding my own designs into them.  I do have just one question though. Do you have a good stitch dictionary to recommend?  I certainly appreciate your help, especially so soon after my posting the question!  Thank you so much!

Comment by Jenny on November 8, 2012 at 10:54am

Hi there! Have you tried searching through Ravelry and narrowing down the filter to what you're looking for? I did a quick search with these search boxes marked: men's adult, coat/jacket, cardigan, and shawl collar. There was quite a nice selection of projects (though I'm sure when you have an image in your mind, this becomes somewhat harder). Here's the link to my search:

One of my favs is Smokin' by Jared Flood, it's nice and simple but I know you mentioned that you're looking for cables. It would be fun to go through a stitch dictionary and incorporate cables you like into a simple design like this for a custom cardigan.

I also thought the Classic Oak Cardigan ( looked quite nice, lots of wonderful texture and cables.

As for books, Erika Knight has a book I really liked called Men's Knits.

Hope this helps a bit!

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