You need your stitch markers for this one! I am not a novice crocheter (mittens, scarves, handbags, rugs, afghans, doilies, appliques), but I had trouble following the directions for this pattern. Maybe it's just me and old age. I rewrote the part of the directions to make it easier for myself. The cuff scales were a bit fussy and time consuming; I made a few mistakes turning the cuff rows. I left them in because: 1) I didn't find the mistakes until the end of the next row, and 2) only someone who knows the pattern would notice them. Now that the boots are finished, I think I have the pattern figured out. Would I make this pattern again? No, too much effort for me. Maybe I would consider the baby bootie size, if I meet a baby that needs house socks.