I'd just get a straight pattern to work from. Most sweater patterns are knit straight, so you shouldn't have a hard time finding a good pattern.
If there's a particular stitch pattern you want to incorporate, let us know, and we can help you translate it from circular to straight needles.
Hope that helps,
KnittingHelp Queen Bee
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