HI there. Thank you for your kind comment. And yes a beginner could do this. At the time I knitted this sweater I was basically a beginner. The class helped alot....even though I messed up the pattern by one stitch, which through the whole pattern out of line, it came out unique. The lopi yarn is so sticky its almost impossible to rip out when you do make a mistake. The teacher is very good at describing what you need to do from start to finish. Good luck and give it a try.