My hoodie was my 1st sweater (only having done some blankets and scarfs and things prior) and though the pocket shaping was hard to wrap my head around, I found it all quite manageable. I do wish I had measured better though so it were a bit longer and I wish I hadn't been a cheapskate about yarn since it's now too itchy to wear very often, especially while holding my baby. OH well! Live and learn!
Good luck with whatever you decide to do!