One of my most recent projects in crochet class - among all the Christmas themed crafting - was learning to read from a chart rather than a pattern. For someone who trusts words over pictures when doing something technical, it was a learning curve for me. I've never even read a knitting chart, despite being a knitter for over twenty years, so it was a struggle to begin with. Somewhere along the way though, I realised the pattern was just three rows the same, then a row with treble stitches (which created that thicker looking row in the design). Simple! The scarf used up 200g of double knitting wool, but I probably could have went bigger if I'd had more. Crochet just eats up the wool, right?! I crocheted most of this over Christmas and, as the rows got bigger, it seemed to be taking longer and longer... It was a good movie watching, couch project though.
Unfortunately, my crochet teacher got the pattern from a Japanese book,
so I don't know the source, but if I find out I'll post a link to it. (edit - found it! On Ravelry or PDF) She also recommended using a cotton wool - I only had Stylecraft acrylic at the time but it might have a nicer drape with cotton. I wasn't planning to keep the scarf but now I've tried it on and took pictures, it's growing on me a bit...