The name comes from a comment one of my friends made as I was working on it, she said the contrasting color looked like barbed wire. It's created on the bias, with simple increases/decreases to cause the stripes to be slanted. I learned the general bias technique at a Lili Chin workshop.
If you don't know of a group in your areas that needs blankets, I'd highly recommend checking out Project Linus, whose mission is "to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer 'blanketeers.'"
This is my first published pattern, so there may be inadvertent errors. Please reach out to me if you have questions or suggestions for improvements. I'd love to see your finished blankets!!