Ginger - I am a newer knitter, but experienced with crochet and very adventurous in my crafting - I like a challenge. Sadly, I am, to date, a miserable failure at ladies sweaters. I've frogged one and given the yarn away, the unfinished back of another is being used as a ferret blanket (!), and I'm trying to get going on a sleeveless top for myself, but have frogged and started over at least 3 times now. I'm going to wind up having to buy an extra hank of that yarn, because the the first 20+ yards or so are getting all fuzzy and un-wound. I was trying to do a broken rib, and I just keep getting off rhythm and messing up the pattern stitch. Yeesh. I'm rather depressed about that, actually - I've knitted things for everyone around me, but nothing for myself...Sigh.
My first and only baby sweater, however, was an unqualified success. It came from the Bernat Naturals booklet, and is made from Bernat Soy. It's a sweet little pullover, pretty much all stockinette, raglan sleeves, very easy to do. It has an open neck, so no worries about it fitting over the head.
I wasn't smart enough to do the detailed notebook like Art Lady (wow - but I get interrupted so often when I'm knitting that I'd need a 2" 3-ring binder to get through the first knitted item!!), but I did measure everything meticulously, followed absolutely every instruction, and, after measuring, also matched up the front to the back before I started decreasing, to make sure I was in line. Same thing with the sleeves. It came out very well, if I do say so myself. I was so encouraged by it that I ventured back to attempting one for myself, which takes us right back to my miserable failure and requirement for another 20+ yard of yarn. In the long run, I think I will just keep looking for a pattern for DK-weight cotton in a stockinette stitch...if such an animal exists for a 46" bust!!