The folks on Pattern Review came to the rescue recommending a bunch of sewing pattern companies -- European and one South American. In the end I chose two patterns from Neue Mode, a German company, which seems to have relocated to California or maybe has a distributor there. The patterns arrived in two days!
|The pattern I'm using, basic and classic|
The Neue Mode pattern has a slight contour at the waist, which I like. Though the pattern includes pieces for facings, I'll be finishing the edges with self-binding and bands instead, edge techniques which are good to know for sweater knits. This pattern is drafted with the front sleeve cap and the back sleeve cap shaped differently, something that usually produces a better fit, though I haven't seen that shape in patterns for knits lately. Another bonus is that the pattern is printed on a kind of waxed bond (?) paper. Even though I've traced the pattern, I prefer working with this weight paper as opposed to tissue paper. I've cut the fabric flat, single layer, no placing pieces on a fold.
|Thread tracing (why I didn't want a seam allowance) and a "notch" for a sweater knit|
This one looks promising.