I hate sewing seams so my second try (don't ask about the first!) at a sweater was this: Sure to Fit Cardigan and Pullover
. And I actually made a one for a teddy bear first to try it out. It was pretty easy and I've made 2 people size sweaters since (first was in Jan.)
My advice - don't let patterns intimidate you. Sometimes you just have to jump in and figure it out as you go!