If you're looking for a good rope to start out on, this would be a good option to consider.
This rope is soft and flexible. It is wide enough that it won't cut into the skin and soft enough that it feels nice.
For those who have a bit more experience in this area, one thing about this rope that might influence your decision to buy it is that it is not perfectly round rope. It is sort of a flat rope (without being flat or flimsy in any way). It still works very nicely but when tying certain knots, keeping the rope from twisting is just another inconvenience. Also, the softness means that decorative knots take more time to make (having to tighten it up little sections at a time to make it look right). If you're not concerned with appearances, then these factors shouldn't bother you. It's an excellent rope.
The ends do not come wrapped, so it is necessary for you to do it yourself or the rope will fray. Simply use some electrical tape and cut. Ta-da, problem solved.