The shortest distance between a skein of yarn and creative happiness is -- a row of waves. Or chevrons. Or ripples. That's because any one of these 154 stitch patterns will bring you hours of relaxation as you crochet afghans, bedspreads, dishcloths, placemats -- whatever pleases you most. You choose the yarn weight and size of crochet hook, so there's no limit to the textures you'll create. We used worsted weight yarn and a size H hook to create the photo models, but you may decide to use lightweight yarns for baby blankets and table runners. Chunky yarns work well for rugs or potholders. Or try novelty yarns to crochet one-of-a-kind scarves. Darla Sims is also the designer of 280 Crochet Shell Patterns (#3903).154 Crochet Wave Patterns (Leisure Arts #4312).