I am attempting to knit my "first" sweater. I thought that this pattern would be a good one to start with. It is knitted from the collar down and has raglan sleeves. This is a free pattern on ravelry. I also belong to the Beginner's Knit-Along group. This was the October 2015 KAL. These knit-alongs are open ended so you can do them any time.
I am just using an acrylic yarn, Caron One Pound in Peach. I am using US 7 circular needles with a 32" cord. I did the collar with the US 7's now I will switch to US 8 circular needles with a 32" cord.