I am a self-taught crocheter. I started crocheting about 2 years back, mostly making small stuff like scarf, baby blankets, hats etc. Last fall, I gathered enough courage to start a throw. Not anticipating the amount of work it would involve, I chose a regular thickness yarn to go with a 5 mm hook. I had to drop the project half way through when I realized its going to take me forever to finish this.
But it was like an unfinished item on my TO-DO list, and that bothered me. Then I stumbled upon this super chunky yarn at Hobby Lobby (to be used with 10 mm hook!!). I was almost into tears (not literally of course; I'm not that crazy yet).
So here's what I accomplished in just 1.5 months using super chunky Yarn Bee's Debut yarn (solid rust orange and solid maroon) and Bernat's Denim yarn (Indigo and Batik at the edges). It turned out very pretty and soft. I love the colors too. Not sure why both of these yarns have been discontinued. They were on clearance when I bought them.
PATTERN: the waves in rust orange are inspired from http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quick--easy-blanket.
After that it's all edging with half double crochet. Pretty easy huh!