I wrote this pattern in two versions, with an easiest version for crochet beginners and another with texture stitches added for advanced beginners.
The free pattern for this blanket can be printed from http://crochet.about.com/library/n111106.htm
The lower rows shown in the photo in the burgundy color are crocheted in the Beginner Version of this pattern. The tan color rows are crocheted in the Texture Stitch Advanced Beginner Version. Shown in the photo, the row where the yarn changes to a tan color is a row 3 of the Advanced Beginner Version, with v-stitches and front post stitches.
These are good learning patterns for beginning crocheters. On the pattern printing page, I have included links to pages that teach various parts of the patterns that beginners may have questions about.
Pattern and photos copyright (c) 2006 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc.