I got a lot of knitting done this weekend and not only did I get both sleeves of my Basic Chic Hoodie done, but I got all the ends woven in and sewed up the seams! (I knit them flat instead of in the round because I thought that would work better with all the stripes.) As you can see in the picture above, I've started the hood now. This sweater is really zipping right along (assuming I read the directions). I think it would be a good sweater for a beginner to knit. The pattern is well written and while it's a bit more involved than the standard beginner sweater (oversized, drop shouldered, shapeless blob), if you follow the directions and trust the pattern, you'll have a nice sweater that you'll actually want to wear. The pattern comes in a pretty big size range and the nice thing about hoodies is the hood draws your eye upward on the back, distracting from whatever junk you have in the trunk (and I don't care how small or big you are, we all have issues with that area). I hope to get this finished this week and I don't think that's going to be too much of a stretch. According to the Farmer's Almanac, we are supposed to have a REALLY cold winter this year and they're right 85% of the time - good thing I spent all summer knitting cardigans!