It was a mission. I went through every single vintage pattern book I own.
The discards were piled high, threatening to topple over and crush me under their pages.
(you dont want this to happen with my cat, Calamity, around. She's one of those pets that would gladly gnaw your face off if you lay motionless for more than 12 hours)
Then I came across the Petal Yoke Cardigan, from Coats and Clark (1955)
Multisized - no need to rework the pattern. Tick.
Small gauge (4ply) - won't overheat. Tick.
Knit from the top down - minimal seaming. Big tick!