Here is the first sweater I ever made, using this online pattern as a guideline.
I modified the sleeves by picking up the stitches with my smallest circular needles and turned them into stockinette full-length sleeves as opposed to the 3/4 on the pattern.
I also knit the bottom of the body on circulars, picking up the stitches after I seamed the top (garter) portion, which was more fun than just knitting two pieces and sewing them together (I dislike sewing, in case you hadn't noticed). I used a chunky acrylic yarn, and it knit up really fast, which is always a plus.
I've worn this quite a few times and it's perfect for chilly evenings here because it's loose enough to go over a tank top but the simple open neck isn't too warm.