My first sweater was a very simple V-neck cardigan using a Knitting Pure & Simple pattern. I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca yarn in off white. The yarn was a dream to knit and the pattern was a wise choice for a beginner....like me! The garment is a tad big on me (actually the sleeves are long enough for a monkey) but so warm and cozy that I simply roll up the sleeves and it really doesn't bother me. Check out the buttons, I looked for them for weeks and think they are to "die for" with the pewter and gold finish!