I made a cardigan from in as my first real sweater (ie has sleeves!) and I wear it all the time. I had the mistake of knitting it in Manos Del Uruguay, which is pretty, but piles very easily. It's warm, cute, and I found the pattern very easy to knit.
I did find the sweater short, so I picked up and knit a few extra rows on the bottom.
Overall, yes the patterns are a little boxy, but big yarn makes bulkier knits for the most part.
I say get it. Its a great way to make a sweater in a weekend!