I started to crochet this throw at the weekend. I'm using Rowan All Seasons Cotton in four shades (Tornado, Iceberg, Ravish and Jersey - who comes up with these names?!). All Seasons Cotton is a lovely yarn and the blanket is crocheting up really fast - not a bad thing if the cold, cold weather is going to continue! The pattern comes from Simple Crochet by Erika Knight which is a book I'd recommend for easy beautiful patterns and inspiration. It also introduced me to crocheting with alternative fibres such as string and raffia.