Now I have to get over my fear of sweaters! I want to do some so badly but just haven't have the courage yet.
lgoddard, now is the time!! The hardest thing about adult sweaters IMO is the gauge and good fit. With babies you can be off on gauge a little and things will still fit some time and how something fits is not critical. Who ever heard a baby say, "This makes me look fat"?, etc. that adults may criticize about how a sweater fits. For for a simple pattern and go for it. We're here to help if you need it.