Jessi, my mom and I took a crochet class a few months ago. Since then I have done quite a few small projects like potholders, etc... One night a about 3 weeks ago I decided to try a more complicated project. I still have a hard time reading patterns but I do well with youtube videos. I decided to try the virus shawl because it looked pretty. I really thought I would spend a few days working on it and then rip it apart and be done with it. I actually FINISHED it! I just LOVE it!! Shawls were what I wanted to learn crochet for. I hate winter coats. I generally have several lengths of fleece or plush fabric that I wrap up in to go out rather than to wear a coat. I decided a shawl would likely look nicer and if I made it then I would be able to choose the pattern AND afford it! I am so proud of myself! I used a turquoise cotton and put a border in a white that is flecked with the turquoise, a deeper blue-green, and a green. The border is just another row of the pattern, but it looks nice.