The first blanket she requested was a basketweave pattern.
Had to watch some YouTube videos to make sure I was doing it right as the written instructions weren't completely clear to me. But once I got the stitches down, I was on my way. I admit, this is a beautiful pattern. And for a baby about to be born in the Midwest, this blanket will definitely keep him warm through the cold months. The weave pattern, to appear on both sides, creates a double-thick blanket, so be prepared to use a lot of yarn!
The second blanket was this cute star pattern. She gave me the colors she wanted and off I went. I liked this pattern a lot as I could go into my crochet-zombie mode. Once the initial center star was done, I didn't have to count much anymore and just stitched away with my eyes glued to the TV.