Pattern: Easy Baby Blanket
This baby blanket pattern is good for beginners.
It starts with a foundationless double crochet (directions and photos here, where it's called the Triple Base Chain Stitch). Gauge doesn't matter, and you can use any type of yarn and whichever hook you like.
The pattern is basically groups of two dc's, with a single dc at the beginning and end of the row. The single dc's will be used in the border round.
I used a G hook and one 6-ounce skein of sport-weight Red Heart Soft Baby in Bunny Print. I made mine about 19" x 23" to fit a car seat or baby carrier.
Easy Baby Blanket
Note: Ch 2 counts as first dc in the dc rows. You can ch 3 if you prefer.
Row 1: Foundationless double crochet the width you want, ending with an even number of dc's. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: SC in 1st dc. Sc in space between 1st & 2nd dc, *ch 2, skip 2 dc, sc in space before next dc; repeat from * across, sc in top of turning chain. Ch 2 (or 3), turn.
Row 3: 2 dc in each ch-2 loop across. Dc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Repeat rows 2 & 3 until you reach the desired length. End with row 3, but ch 2 (or 3), turn.
Last Row: DC in each stitch across, dc in top of turning chain. Ch 2 (or 3), turn.
Work in rounds.
Round 1: *Top edge: DC in each stitch across, 3 dc in top of turning chain for corner. Side edge: Work 2 dc around each dc post and 1 dc in the end of each sc row, ending with 3 dc in last stitch for corner. Repeat from * for bottom edge and side edge. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the first turning chain. Ch 1. Do not turn.
Round 2: SC around, working 3 sc in center dc of each corner. Join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.