So, I like to collect those little project pages that stores like Joann's and Michael's usually have near the yarn aisles. Most times you can find them and more online by just visiting the project sites for the stores. Anyway, this is one I picked up a while ago. Finally had the opportunity to try it out when I found out my friend was preggers. Anyway, I went to work on it, and with much frustration (all due to me), I managed to finish it.
The blanket itself, is very easy to crochet, mainly using double crochets throughout the project. The frustration in my part was due to the fact that the yarn I had wasn't enough to make it to the end -- and I couldn't find the yarn at the store anymore. Grrr... I also made the mistake of using both ends of the yarn skein to work with a two yarns for the blanket -- this is actually what made me run out of yarn. To resolve this, I ended up unraveling the entire blanket (or at least half of it which was where I realized I was going to run out) and start over and mix the colored yarn with white.
The outcome turned out to be better than I expected. The white gave the color just a lighter hue, perfect for a new baby girl to enjoy. Here's the pattern for it. Yup, I found the project sheet online.
So... lessons learned.
1. Buy the amount of yarn that you're going to need all at the same time.
2. Don't use a skein from both ends unless your project is surely gonna fit the skein.
By the way, if you're new to crocheting or wanna give it a try check out this book. It's how I learned. :)