The Woven Stitch is a great pattern that really gives you a lot of texture with minimal effort - just knit and purl stitches. The diamond motif makes for a nice transition between the bottom band and the body, and repeating the Woven Stitch in the neck framing, collar, and sleeves pulls the whole top together beautifully. Work the top as shown, or leave an optional side slit for more room in the hips.
18.5 sts and 29 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch
At 6' tall, I used to have a hard time finding sweaters with long enough sleeves. So I took up knitting to make my own sweaters.