I hadn't crocheted for a long time. But a week ago I just started a project to see what I could remember. I don't remember the names of the stitches (I learned the German names back then anyway), but I managed to finish a potholder within a week. I used two different kinds of stitches. In the end I went twice around the perimeter. The yarn I used had different colors in different sections, so I didn't have to do anything to get the stripes.