I've been experimenting with thick wool - this time 12 ply Rustic from the Bendigo Woollen Mills - to make a couple of neck warmers for the men in my life - using a pattern from Cowlgirls.
Several of the patterns in this book, especially those for neckwarmers, are easily adapted for men.
These are knitted in a straight piece, in rib, then joined at the ends. The pattern has a contrasting border, which I omitted. The only disadvantage is that you can't decide the length as you go, as the number of stitches on the needle determine the length.
I think it is quite smart and understated.
Rustic is a really attractive wool, lovely to work with, and I like the fleck.
I made this one a couple of inches longer and then decided to block it to get even more length in the front.
These are just the thing for our current weather!