I'm going to start out talking to those that are at least 30 something. If you're not there yet, well, you can probably just go ahead and skip to the pictures in this post. **Edit, I don't mean this in a negative kind of way, it's just you young'uns probably just won't know what I'm talking about... :)
So, do you all remember those pretty crochet hot pads that your grandmother (or mom) used to use when you were a little one? They were so intricate that it seemed that whoever made them must have sat in a rocking chair for ages before completing one round of these things. I did some research and found this chrysanthemum pattern here.
*Edit, apparently, the owner of the link decided to take the site down. You can download the pdf pattern here.
A lot of people seem to be having trouble getting the pdf to open, if that is you, here is the pattern (with my handwritten modifications) that you can copy and save to your computer:
The pattern was not as detailed as a beginner would need, I had to figure out a few things on my own. I changed the needle size from the recommended 7, to a size D because I was looking for it to have a tighter stitch. I used Paton's "Grace" mercerized cotton fiber, lined it with a single layer of cotton flannel and used Amy Butler fabric for the backing.
This was an absolute joy to make!
Hope your holiday weekend is everything you hoped for!