I really enjoy the designs by Hooked on Sunshine, and when I learned a colleague was expecting a baby, I knew the New Beginnings pattern would be perfect! Each block is crocheted from the center outward, and then the blocks are joined and a border is added at the end. While the end result looks really complicated, the blocks themselves are not too difficult. There are a lot of puff stitches, and I think they give a wonderful texture!
Yarn: Knitpicks Brava Sport (from my stash, yay!). This was pretty nice acrylic to work with, an the sport weight is great for a baby blanket (warm but not too heavy).
Hook: Size F (my favorite are the Clover Soft touch ones)