One of the great things about this pattern is that the sleeves are up first. This means you get them out of the way before you get the chance to feel too terribly stuck on sweater island. The sleeves do look a little stumpy when you knit them on their own, but remember, you will be adding length in the shoulder as you knit them into your sweater. (These sleeves have live stitches that you pick up when you get to the armpit of your sweater.)
I chose to use the recommended Shelter for this project. It's no secret I love Brooklyn Tweed. (Have I told you how much I love Brooklyn Tweed?) I did choose a different color- this sweater was knit in cast iron, which is pretty much black with little flecks of color throughout. This yarn is a woolen yarn, which is great for sweaters as it is super warm but not heavy. However, be mindful, the yarn is easy to break. You don't want to put too much tension on your thread as you knit, a truly woolen yarn can pull apart quite easily. My grabby baby's hands broke quite a number of working yarns in this project. Do note, the fabric, when knit, is strong- so don't feel like you should avoid the woolens lest your sleeves fall off your sweater or some other crazy calamity. (Woolen yarns do tend to pill, though, so make sure you treat your sweaters kindly and give them a little shave when they need.).
I was really happy with the results of this pattern and I am so glad I was able to make something so special for my dad. I think it really looks nice on him, too. Even the shawl collar is lovely yet still very masculine, especially with the addition of the toggle buttons. I would definitely recommend this sweater for anyone looking for a nice, clean men's sweater that has a few special touches but isn't fussy. It is also a great design for dressing up or down. So if your recipient is a jeans person or a slacks person, this sweater would be a nice addition to their wardrobe.