You're a beginner, and you want to make a good-looking sweater. Spend the money to buy a good pattern. This one. It encourages and explains. It teaches how to build in an A line shape, if that suits you; how to do phoney seams; the 3-needle cast off; a choice of ribbed or side-vented hem; a relaxed stand-up collar, or doubled-over neckband. At the end you'll have a lovely sweater and you won't be a beginner any more.