And I say that knowing there is as much pink as there is in it. I purposefully used all that pink in the blanket to make it easier for me to give away. Y'all know how I feel about pink (the pictures are not there--I don't know why, I need to work on that, but the text is still there).
I had a lot of fun making this blanket, I had more fun taking the pictures after it was done. Why yes, I did move a white couch into my yard to take these pictures. And yes, my neighbors do, indeed, think I am cracked.
Babette is not a difficult pattern to crochet, it's just a tad time consuming ( I finished it in a little over a month--it was the only thing I worked on in the evenings). I would say that it is actually a good pattern for a beginner because the block that you are crocheting is pretty basic and you are just adding rounds for larger squares (seaming all the squares may make you want to cry; but, the crocheting, that part is easy). The pattern is well written and easy to understand, and there are gobs of people who have made this, and crafters are pretty generous about sharing information and helping out if you have questions--at least, that has been my experience.