I call them "My-Way Afghans" because there is no pattern I use. I just start and go with the flow. This one isn't the best
To me it resembles something a 1st grader would have put together. Good thing the guy I made it for has known me since I was in 1st grade and most the time still treats me as though I were 6 years-old. Another plus is that the blanket does fold into a neatly folded piece and hides the quirky parts...not that it will probably ever be folded with him, most likely it will end up wadded up and thrown in a corner unless he's using it to cover up with. Either way, it works out well.
It's all done in Simply soft. I crocheted pretty loosely; it didn't help that I made the top piece and the two sides and then filled in the center. <shrug> As I said, he won't notice anyway. When I give it to him, it will be like a child handing a drawing to their grandparent to put on the fridge--no matter what it is, it gets put on the fridge. What's the saying? "It's built for comfort"? Personally, I think it's a great one to snuggle up with on the couch.
Anyway...not very impressive, but it's huge and I *finally* finished it. I was so sick of it by the end that I only did a single stitch in black for the border.
P.S. I won't tell him, but it's also like a piece of art in that it sorta has a meaning. The colors were chosen because he told me his fave colors were teal and red because they were my fave colors. I used that, along with the black, that is actually what he tried to say his fave color was until I told him that wasn't a color, it was all the colors put together. The stripes signify his and my relationship and how it goes through thick and thin times.