Simple Crochet Pattern
If you would like to crochet but haven't in a while, here is a simple pattern that you can do in just a few hours. You can make it whatever size you'd like. Try making a 36X48. That's a nice size blanket that will start with the newborn and be big enough to wrap up a todder.
Use a soft 3 or 4 ply yarn. Hook K or L
Chain an even number of chains Measure your chain and stop when you get close to 36" It doesn't need to be exact size but make sure you have an even number of chains.
Row 1 - Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch. You'll end up with an odd number since you skip the first SC. Chain 1, Turn.
Row 2 - Sc in each sc, ch 1, turn
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures about 44 inches. Do not finish off, Turn
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 3, sc in next st; repeat from * across, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in first sc, *ch 4, sc in next st; repeat from * across. Finish off.
Hold piece with the beginning chain at top; join yarn in first unused chain loop at right.
Repeat Rows 1 and 1 of Top Edging, working Row 1 in unused looops of chain.