I just whipped up this hoodie for my 9 year old with some leftover yarn. It took me a few hours from start to finish. The pattern is free, extremely well-written, and easy as can be. It had a few, maybe five, cables worked in, which gives it a really nice touch. This would be perfect for a first cable project. I would rate the pattern beginner- if you use a regular cast-on and bind-off. I used some cheap Caron yarn that is called worsted, but is really a bit heavier than Aran. I used size 10 needles. It's black, so it's pretty hard to capture the cable detail in a pic. The only mod I made is for the face edge, I picked up 88 stitches instead of 96. It's still slightly ruffley, so I'm glad I didn't do more. If I make another, I will cast on 80 instead.
Here's the pattern: Through the Woods Free Hoodie