Ready To Wear Inspiration.
My basic sweater criteria includes funnel neck, boxy body, falls at mid hip. The roomy fit makes it a great top layer over just about anything. (You can even wear it instead of a jacket when it's 68 degrees in February.) I'm most smitten with the Hackwith Design House sweater at the bottom right, the unstructured fit works with so many silhouettes. It's the perfect color, and exactly the drape and waistline I have in mind. I'm thinking longer sleeves would make it more of a wardrobe staple.
Sewing Pattern Possibilities.
When it comes right down to it, none of these patterns have all the little details I'm looking for in a an oversized sweater, so some modification will be necessary. The beauty of a simple design is how easily it can be altered to suit your personal style. A basic top can be tweaked into a garment with a totally different look. You could add some swing to the Toaster Sweater, or graft the pleated neck of the MIY Collection Parkwood Cowl onto the top of a cropped Karl Dress.
I began this little exercise looking for the perfect sweater pattern, but what fun would that be? I think I've got enough tracing paper, tape, and fabric to figure it out for myself.