I love this afghan! I made one of them for one of my boys. It has a gender neutral appearence in my opinion. I did it in one week (but I dedicated quite a bit of time to it... I am going to make another one for my other son and then give them to the boys at the same time as gifts for their bunk beds. their room has an "American" theme. If you are looking for an attractive afghan that has an simple easy to follow pattern simple design and provides "impressive complicated looking results" sure to wow your friends then this is it... I my opinion a beginner could accomplish this easy a quickly with lovely results.