IMO one of the simplest sweaters is a simple raglan sleeve. No seaming, all knit in the round. My first one was from Knitting Pure and Simple. They are well written and easy to understand. Here's a link to the men's patterns. I'd say either #991 or 247 would be very easy. http://www.knittingpureandsimple.com/Men.html
I suggest you ask the hospital what yarn they recommend. Usually acrylic, cotton or a cotton/acrylic blend are used because they are soft and washable.
Thanks Jan for the information.. I will check them out.
I called the Hospital and they didnt have any real information on the yarn. but I found a knit shop that does charity night knitting.. so I am gonna check with them for ideas and good yarns.
Hey Jan.. I dont think the pattern for the Mens sweater link was there. If you can resend that would be great.
The kids patters are ADORABLE.. the little ball catcher thing was so cute and the finger ones.. so cute. LOL took me a moment to realize the one patter was to MAKE balls.. not a ball of yarn.
I seen this great womans sweater today at the knit shop all done with St st and done from a sleeve.. with one seem was so simple looking. Want to make that.. some self patterning yarn was nice... forgot to get the pattern from there, was so overwhelmed with all the lovely yarns available.
But if you could send that pattern I would appreciate it.