For some people, the must-have, everyday pullover is a crewneck; for others it’s a v-neck. To me, the v-neck will always feel a little bit collegiate, a little bit preppy — undeniably classic, in other words, no matter what you do with it. The two patterns pictured above happen to both by Michele Wang, and both offer opportunities for changing them up:
TOP: Cadence, from 2016, was already mentioned in Make Your Own Basics in the context of The turtleneck sweater. Given that it has options for crewneck, v and turtle, you can cover a lot of Basics ground with just this one pattern. It also has a textured stitch on the body which you could presumably replace with stockinette, if you prefer, without affecting the gauge — given that the sleeves are already stockinette. This one’s raglan sleeved.
BOTTOM: Emery, from 2012, has an allover cable pattern, which feels super classic to me. It’s written for worsted-weight Shelter, but the gauge (due to the cables pulling inward) is 24 sts / 34 rows per 4″, which is Loft gauge in stockinette. So you could likely use the same pattern to knit a stockinette fingering-weight sweater — you might just need to tweak the counts on the ribbing. This one’s set-in sleeved.
NOT PICTURED: Another option for a set-in sleeve v-neck, which you can knit at any gauge and size you like, is Amy Herzog’s Custom Fit v-neck Firth.
PREVIOUSLY in Make Your Own Basics: The (little black) dress