I knit baby blankets for nieces, nephews, and friends when they have new babies. My favorite pattern is an easy garter stitch on the diagonal called appropriately "Diagonal Pattern Baby Blanket" from Lion Brand Yarn. The two yarns that I like to use are Lion Brand Homespun and Red Hearts Baby Clouds because they make such an adorably soft blanket. I have made 12 blankets in the past two years and everyone loves them because they are so soft. And I like to make them because they are so quick and easy to make. Finished size is roughly 36". I use size 11" needles on the Homespun and 13" or 15" needles on the Baby Clouds.