Some time ago I brought “Crochet Lace Innovations” by Doris Chan and
immediately made up the Riversong Skirt using a very cheap 8 ply cotton called Panda Cotton.
It makes up extremely fast and is very easy but looks complicated so you get alot of “bang for your buck” to quote my mother.
I highly recommend her book, most of the garments are extremely wearable, there is nothing frumpy or granny about any of the patterns and she uses fun and interesting techniques. It is all about “exploded lace” which uses thicker yarn and larger hooks so things work up very fast for instant gratification. I usually prefer to torture myself with 2.5mm or less size hooks and lace weight yarn and don’t like the chunky crochet look, but the designs are delicate enough to avoid that look.
You can view my project notes and more photo’s on my Ravelry page here.