Awhile back, I updated our list of baby afghan patterns with one of my favorite designs: it's an easy baby blanket that's suitable for babies of either gender. This pattern is easy enough for beginners to crochet, and for a blanket, it's reasonably quick too.
I've crocheted several different samples of this pattern in different colors. Pictured here, you can see it made up in pink, antique white, and baby denim marl. These are all colors of Bernat Softee baby yarn. Feel free to substitute yarns if you have a different yarn in mind.
This pattern is available in three different sizes -- preemie, newborn and toddler. I'm thinking that, if crocheted in a different yarn, it would also make a nice lapghan for anyone in the family. I haven't tried making a sample of that yet, but if you do I'd love to know how yours turns out.