Thanks to JStarr's review, I went with Simplicity 2309,a cardigan with a wide collar and a flounce at the bottom.
This fabric is the coziest and oh, so warm. It is perfect for these cold winter days in the Midwest.
The flounce and collar is two pieces and the raw edge is left unfinished. I did sew 1/4" from the raw edge to keep these fabrics together. After this bit of topstitching, i trimmed all the edges to make sure they were exactly the same. This was a perfect solution for my thick fabric. Here is a close-up this edge.
The cardigan has a great front button band and nice front shaping. With the stretch of the sweater knit, I made corded buttonholes. This helps so much, keeps those buttonholes from stretching all out. Now with this warm and cozy sweater knit, I am ready for the rest of winter.