Acquiesce may look complex but, I will let you into a little secret. It is a great project for cable beginners! The all over cable fabric is worked in the round using only two basic cable stitches.The pattern is charted and includes links to handy tutorial videos.
James C Brett Pure Merino Wool DK has great stitch definition and comes in a range of beautiful shades. Other yarns that I would recommend are Rowan Pure Silk Merino or if you feel like splashing out why not invest in some Fyberspates Scrumptious DK.
A word of warning though, avoid variegated shades, your beautiful cables will be difficult to see
As always my patterns include links to video tutorials that will get you knitting with confidence.