I made one pattern in Vanna's Choice and got "off kilter" on my counts. I learned just how important it is to check EACH row and make sure the pattern is right. I am going to finish the square just because - and use it in my afghan. I don't mind. I would not, however, use it for an afghan that I'm giving away. This will be my own donation to my "Uptown/Downtown" swap on Ravelry.
The second square I started and finished is made with kitchen cotton. It did not turn out as thick as I would have liked, but it will be okay to use. Plus it will shrink and "fatten up" a bit. For my own potholders I have found I'm not hanging them so am not putting on the loop. Might as well make them easier!
What I learned on this second square is that I have a lot to learn. Hmmmmm. Mainly, I did not finish it off or border it well. The pattern got lost on the top and bottom edges on the mainly brown side - so I must have missed something in the instructions. I think I have it in my head now, so will make another attempt, doing another potholder.
I am already considering how to make a large afghan using this book - perhaps bordering in one of the patterns and using something else for the middle. Any suggestions?
I think this is a book I can highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn a new crochet method, and anyone who wants to make something spectacular and different! Come on - you know you want to try this!