If you find a pattern you like that is knit with a front and back, you can always do it in the round, especially since all the cabling, twist stiches etc. are generally done on the right side. You'd have to change the directions for the wrong side rows and knit whenever the pattern says purl and vice versa. Then when you get to the armholes you can either work the front and back separately like flat knitting, or knit the sleeves up to the armhole shaping, and slide all the stitches together on one long circular and continue the raglan shaping all the way up to the neckline. The neckline is usually done on dpn's or a circular needle anyway. As for the sleeves, I like to knit them in the round up to the armholes, then you can either add them to that long circ, or finish them flat too.
Doing this you either end up with just shoulder seams to sew, or even with no seams at all. If you want to try this, and need help rewriting the pattern for circular needles, just let me know.
Where in Ohio are you? I'm in the Detroit area, and I have quite a collection of Aran pattern books, if you'd like to borrow any. My oldest DD lives in Columbus, so there are always opportunities for me to visit her too.
Can you tell that Aran patterns are my first love?
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