What advice would you give someone starting this project?
This is a blanket pattern I made up....it's done in groups of 2+1 half double crochet with a slip stitch. Every other stitch is a half double. at the end of the row, chain one, turn then slip stitch in every half double and half double in every slip stitch...until blanket is the size you want it. Doing this type of stitch makes the blanket very thick and heavy, giving the appearance you've used double the yarn, very deceiving to the eye, and cost effective for the pocket book ;)