I have one word for this piece (besides being beautiful) "LUSH"!! It's like a beautiful, heavy Irish Cable Sweater. Reminds me of the sweaters my Irish relatives wear, hence the name. I would say that this blanket can be on the advanced end of crocheting. You need to know the stitches, and there are 5 of them, once you do you can crochet this blanket up pretty fast and easily. I loved designing and crocheting this piece. It's one of my best! I'm sure that you will enjoy making it too, and seeing and wrapping yourself in the finished blanket is the best part. HAPPY CROCHETING!!! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Crochet Front Post Double Crochet Back Post Double Crochet Front Post Treble Crochet Popcorn Stitch Cable Stitch I-Hook GAUGE 10 dc (Cable) = 5.5" SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 47"x 63"