I didn't like the idea of seaming, so I started with a sweater done in the round bottom up. It's in Last Minute Knitted Gifts. placknet neck sweater for kids
. I'm very glad I did it. If you want to knit something for yourself, there is an even easier pattern for women in that same book "the hourglass sweater"
and if you want to knit something for your husband, the "curse your boyfriend"
sweater is very straightforward, bottom up, knitted in the round. (you can leave out the curse, of course!)
And remember, you only have to figure out one row of instructions at a time.