I like to crochet for new babies of the family and friends, it's my gift to them when they have their baby showers. I find out what gender their having(boy or girl) and make a blanket for it. All the patterns are my own making. I don't read patterns, unless I really want something I see. My grandmother taught me how to do crochet without a book. My mother can crochet with patterns from the books. I haven't mastered that feat as yet.