This is my first knitted sweater and is as simple as I could make it. Worsted weight for a quick knit, and it has a boat neck with no ribbing, 3/4 sleeves, and just enough waist and sleeve shaping to add a bit of elegance. Plus, top-down construction means no seaming!
This file includes versions of the pattern in women's even sizes from 32 to 48, and includes a design schematic for each size.*
If you are also a Ravelry member, feel free to check out some of the great versions other knitters have made with this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simplest-sweater-sizes
I've worked up a yardage estimate chart to use as a guide, but keep in mind that these are estimates. Your use will depend on gauge, arm and torso length, any additions like ribbing, all that good stuff. I've included a small buffer for safety, but for extras like longer sleeves consider the larger amount.