I didn't use a pattern - just cast on 80 sts. on size 5 mm. (U.S. size 8 ) circular needles. They're short - 50 cm. (20 inches) or you could use dpn's. I did a 4 x 4 rib and added cables every 12 rows or so. It knits up very quickly, especially on the circular needles. I used Paton's Glittallic - yes, it's acrylic or something fake, but it feels really nice and soft.